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Many thanks for all your recent support and comments. I went down to Bosham Quay (a short walk from home) a couple of nights ago and took some shots of what turned out to be a rather dull sunset. Not to be out done I have spent some time playing and produced my own. I would be very interested to know what you think of my efforts - good or bad let me know so I can learn.

Thanks for looking. I hope you like it.

James

Camera:Olympus C50-50Z
Lens:built in
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Evening Light
Username:James_C James_C
Uploaded:26 Aug 2009 - 11:21 AM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel
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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 12:08 PM

It would be interesting to see the before shot. This is an attractive image, and hard to guess it was manipulated, which is a good thing.

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 12:16 PM

Thanks Joline. Unfortunately I forgot to take a copy of the original before starting to manipulate in PS 4.0LE and consequently no longer have it. However I intend to upload a landscape view of the same scene next and I haven't lost the original of that so will post it as a version with that one.

James

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User_Removed
26 Aug 2009 - 1:18 PM

A really lovely picture.

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iphilipenko
26 Aug 2009 - 2:21 PM

Great work, James.
I like tones, composition and light.
Igor

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 4:03 PM

Beautiful!!
Kaleena

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 4:06 PM

Thanks Lucien, Igor and Kaleena for your kind comments. They are much appreciated.

James

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 4:08 PM

Further to my earlier comment about loosing the original Sad - I have found a backup copy, which I have now posted Smile

James

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CaptainTweaky
26 Aug 2009 - 5:50 PM

V1 is a beautiful and atmospheric composition though I do feel the foreground is perhaps a little dark?
David

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 5:56 PM

I did wonder about that David, but opted to leave it in as I felt that it helped give depth to the scene. If you look at what information was available in the original - v2 - I didn't have much to play with.

James

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 6:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Thanks for uploading the original. It is so much easier to critique if one can see the difference. I think your color shift really helped this. As to the dark foreground, it doesn't bother me, in fact I think it adds depth to it. If you did want to try to lighten it, you could select just that area using magic wand or lasso, and then try either a curves adjustment or histogram adjustment just on the dark areas. I'm afraid if you did it on the entire photo, it would wash out the sky too much. It is already quite light in the midground. Your light looks quite natural, and the framing helps also. Nice job!

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 7:02 PM

Thank you very much Joline. Your comments are always so helpful.

James

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 7:15 PM

Much improved. It really does look good.

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Adrian_Reynolds
27 Aug 2009 - 6:18 AM

Lovely rich tones in the processed image James, I also like the pastel colour/light in the original, very well finished work, Adrian

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 8:19 AM

Like both equally

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 8:24 AM

Many thanks Danny, Adrian and Barbara - your comments are greatly appreciated. It is interesting the some of you like the raw original - I hadn't expected that.

James

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 8:31 AM

both very nice work but I love the bronze tones of v1, nice work

Linda

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James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 8:37 AM

Thank you Linda.

James

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somnathchatterjee

beautiful lighting.

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gingerdelight
27 Aug 2009 - 3:40 PM

It is a lovely composition, you have done really well with this!
x Carol x

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davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 7:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The enhanced colours really add something to the shot. Tend to agree with Joline that it might benefit from some selective lightening, esp in the foreground where the shadows are a bit blocked. An alternative to Joline's advice would be to create a 50% grey fill layer and select overlay as the blending mode. With the f/g colour set to white, with a soft edge brush set to 5% opacity paint over the dark areas to lighten them. Hope this helps. Thanks for the comments on my p/f by the way.
Dave

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2009 - 8:13 PM

Many thanks Somnath and Carol for your kind comments.

Thank you very much David for your comments and advice. I shall have to shut myself away for a couple of hours and experiment with your suggestion on this and a couple of other shots that I am thinking of posting. If I get it right I shall post and credit you with the advice.

James

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2009 - 3:22 PM

Not qualified to offer critique but can appreciate the time and effort required here to produce such a lovely improvement from the original, some useful comments here too,
Geoff.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2009 - 1:50 PM

I am learning from reading the comments here-- have a couple of images I would like to lighten--A splendid manipulation--lotta hard thinking here!
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wood1963
wood1963  4 Greece
16 Feb 2010 - 11:30 AM

Nice job James, I would never have guessed.

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