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Evening All,

Had a very pleasant trip to Talacre beach last night with some ace company, gorgeous weather & forehead sunburn. The sky certainly didnt let us down.

This was one of the last shots taken, I love the sky and the fact I just managed to get the moon in the shot too.

It is a 3 shot bracketed exposure, tone mapped in photomatix, and desaturated (believe it or not )

I have plenty of shots from last night, but I really like this one, although it goes against the grain when it comes to the rule of thirds etc, but this one for me is all about the sky and lighthouse.

Please let me know what you think, any comments much appreciated, have a look large if you have a mo.....

Thanks for looking
Cheers
Mark

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:18-55mm kit lens @ 18mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Against The Grain(s)
Username:MarkBroughton MarkBroughton
Uploaded:9 Jun 2008 - 7:04 PM
Tags:Amazing sky, Digitally manipulated, General, Landscape / travel, Lighthouse, Sunset, Talacre beach
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blondiebee
9 Jun 2008 - 7:08 PM

Great sky. Ness

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tumienis
tumienis  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2008 - 7:12 PM

love the sky in this one! well done!

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RubberBullets
9 Jun 2008 - 7:15 PM

Very effective shot, love the colours in the sky.

If you had got down lower could you have got a closer view of the patterns in the sand?

Tim

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 - 7:18 PM

yep we were lucky to capture the sky at perch rock lastnight,
cracking shot,,
ian

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49er  7564 forum posts
9 Jun 2008 - 7:20 PM

Cracking sky and light

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Thanks guys, Ian the sky last night was something else wasnt it. Tim, I have got quite a few shots with foreground detail, such as sand ripples, I just really liked this one, for the sky and central composition, more to follow Smile

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carterart
carterart  974 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 - 7:25 PM

Rules are to be broken and in this case it had to be a central shot to make the most of the lines in the clouds. The moon was a tempting addition but for me too close to the edge - can of course be moved or removed.

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JouŠo  956 forum posts Finland
9 Jun 2008 - 7:29 PM

wow factor it has........

Jouko

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dtomo68  10 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 - 7:53 PM

Brilliant sums it up

Dave

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Claire, Thanks for the comment I agree about the moon, I havent progressed to moving things in PS yet Smile and thanks also to Jouko and Dave for your comments and clicks, hugely appreciated

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riggwelter
9 Jun 2008 - 8:10 PM

Nice.

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2008 - 9:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

fantastic sky, the cloud formations justify the decision to place the light house in a central position.
i would suggest cloning out the moon which pulls the eye up to the corner, and if it were mine i would crop off some of the btm to make a letterbox shape and concentrate the attention on that wonderful sky.
Phil

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Thanks richard, and thanks Phil, I have uploaded a variant taking into consideration what you said, and I agree, although the moon was a nice touch, it is far too close to the edge and I was thinking about taking some of the bottom off before I uploaded the first one, and it works, thanks for the tips Smile

Last Modified By MarkBroughton at 9 Jun 2008 - 9:51 PM

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buxton e2 Member 6buxton vcard England
9 Jun 2008 - 9:58 PM

Nice shot, super sky.

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sherlob e2 Member 82202 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom119 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2008 - 9:05 PM

Sorry Mark, but the composition here just doesn't do it for me (your last upload is far and away the better shot). The central position of the LH just dominates and there is a critical paradox between it and the sky - i.e. what do I look at? The comments on the moon etc are good - a much more radical letterbox is needed. I'll add a mod - but it won't change the central problem. On the positive the exposure is good and your processing is also good.

It was a cracking sunset though wasn't it!

Rgds,

Adam

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MarkBroughton
11 Jun 2008 - 9:40 PM

Hi Adam, It certainly was a cracking sunset, I see where you are coming from with your critique, this was very much a self indulgent upload because I like it Wink and it came out as I wanted it to.
Cheers
Mark

Last Modified By MarkBroughton at 11 Jun 2008 - 9:41 PM

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