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Taken today at Purton Gloucestershire with a lens baby zone plate on a Nikon D300. Processed in Photoshop with Topaz b&w and Photoshop native settings. I am rather excited about this and the others in the set. This one seems very emotional to me, and the grass seems like water in this shot, suggesting sinking of the ship, though actually it is decaying into the soil. I'll probably feel differently tomorrow, but today I love this. Nevertheless, I would like to hear what you all think is wrong with it!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:LENSBABY;the composer, zone plate
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Apr 2012 - 12:16 PM
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Death of a boat
Username:SueEley SueEley
Uploaded:19 Apr 2012 - 7:44 PM
Tags:Black & white, Boats, Boats' graveyard, Decay, Experimental, Zone plate
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2778 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I really like it. Fooled me, I thought you had waves that you had done some manipulation with.

I feel that thin border of sky at the top is a little niggle for me, - not really an option to crop it, but making it larger might work, - gives is a better composition, - see mod.



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SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:52 PM

Nothing wrong with it. It's a style, one I've not seen quite like this so great, I love to see new things.
Maybe the back of the boat and the horizon sort of meld into each other a bit, but that's about all.
Chris

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:59 PM

Like the idea about expanding the sky - this solves a problem with keeping the size consistent across a set, too. Thanks, both! Sue

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19 Apr 2012 - 9:10 PM

A lovely effect & detail Sue...I really like this.
Pauline,

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DP_Imagery e2 Member 9DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:57 PM

I can see why you are excited about this - terrific emotional impact: wild, tragic, powerful, real. The expanded sky really does add to an already superb image.

Bruce (now this is one you should have allowed voting on Wink ) 9.5/10 (10/10 with the expanded sky!)

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20 Apr 2012 - 7:56 AM

Impressive use of the lens baby.

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 8:10 AM

I have to be different I fear. Not my kind of thing - don't really have an arty appreciation. Comes from years of industrial photography where you were very unpopular if things weren't sharp.

Paul

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 9:39 AM

Thanks for the comments. I understand where Paul and Frank are coming from. Sometimes I look at images and think, 'Yeah, technically great' but somewhere inside there's a little 'So what'. But I do come from an art background! Technically great is a pretty objective measure and aesthetically pleasing is far more subjective. I must say, I was quite surprised (and very happy) at how well the zone plate did on this subject.

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SimonAlesbrook
27 Apr 2012 - 2:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

i like it, maybe a lasso on the boat to sharpen a tad to bring out wood detail and a bit more contrast, other than that, i like it and the mood Smile

You could try the dodge and burn tools, at about 7% to lighten/darken midtones, give you more control than selecting area with lasso.

Last Modified By SimonAlesbrook at 27 Apr 2012 - 2:25 PM

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