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Pierhead, Liverpool, Merseyside at Twilight

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Our Camera Club, Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society, are running a photographic competition for its members and the theme is Merseyside. This obviously restricts members to a fairly small area and it's a challenge as many members already take photographs that are on their doorstep.

The image I've taken is not very original, but the Leeds to Liverpool Canal has only recently been extended to the Pierhead and has opened up new photographic possibilities for local photographers for reflections and colours, and as I've never taken this viewpoint including the canal, I thought I'd have a go. This canal, previously was a grassed area and plaza! The odd, grey shaped building on the left is brand new and houses the Beetles Exhibition as well as a classy bar and restaurant 'Matao' with commanding views over the Mersey towards Birkenhead and Wallasey (where I live).

The Cunard Building (left) became lit up as I'd already started taking photos from this viewpoint (it's is though they knew I wanted the lights on). I've changed the time on the clock from 4:40 (which looks like an unhappy face /\ to 10:10 \/ which is the classic advertising time for all clocks and watches). I've straightened up buildings, increased exposure, burnt in highlights, done a little cloning (especially on the wall, bottom left) and increased the colour saturation and dodged the sky to lighten it in parts and make it look more interesting.

All comments and votes very welcome indeed. Many thanks for all the votes and comments on my precious upload.

Andrew.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Pierhead, Liverpool, Merseyside at Twilight
Username:Andrew_Hurley Andrew_Hurley
Uploaded:30 Dec 2011 - 3:42 PM
Tags:Architecture, Liverpool, Long exposure, Low light, Merseyside, Night, Pierhead, Skyline, Twilight, Waterfront
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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 3:52 PM

Seems all the hard work has paid off Andrew
What finally swung it, was the fact that the area under the bridge is not totally dark, if that makes sense.

Adrian

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Andrew_Hurley
30 Dec 2011 - 3:56 PM


Quote: Seems all the hard work has paid off Andrew
What finally swung it, was the fact that the area under the bridge is not totally dark, if that makes sense.

Adrian

Thanks Adrian, your vote and comments are very welcome indeed. Yes detail in the shadows is very important even if it has to be manufactured! I've not ventured into the world of HD yet but I would thought twilight photography would be an ideal candidate for it.

Andrew.

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
30 Dec 2011 - 4:05 PM

A beautiful image Andrew, love everything about it. I wouldn't even know where to start with all you have done to it. Moira

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 4:07 PM

Excellent work Andrew, this is beautiful. ...........Sandy

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Andrew_Hurley
30 Dec 2011 - 4:42 PM

Wow, my first ever guest editor award. Thanks Adrian, a great end to the year.

Thanks also Moira and Sandy, your comments are always appreciated as ever.

(a very happy) Andrew!

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edrhodes  9521 forum posts United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 4:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Andrew, I have done a mod which has basically taken the role of reducing the noise in the sky ( would be easier from the raw file) I have lifted the detail on the Liver Building and put a little punch into the left hand wall to make the lead-in more eye catching.

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Andrew_Hurley
30 Dec 2011 - 5:11 PM

I feel honoured to have a mofication from Sir Ed Rhodes, your work is always excellent. I did try and reduce the noise a little from the sky (something I always seem to have a problem with), and the other two mods are also very welcome. Thanks for taking the time to upload a mod, much appreciated.

Andrew.

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edrhodes
edrhodes  9521 forum posts United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 5:12 PM

I'm not sure why its loaded at a smaller size.....Sad

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charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 1034 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 5:36 PM

A great job, very nice work indeed.

Charlotte

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 6:03 PM

Nice Image

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 3:25 PM

Good work Andrew, some interesting buildings.

quick mod uploaded just to lighten the Liver building a little, have a good New Year


LesF

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Andrew_Hurley
31 Dec 2011 - 5:42 PM

Thanks Charlotte, Rich and Les for your kind comments. Thanks Les for taking the time to upload a mod, yes I agree the liver building is a little dark, it wasn't lit up the way it sometimes is so it was much darker than normal.

Have a great New Year.

Andrew.

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