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Seeing as we're going to be getting snow again over the next couple of nights, my plans for a star trail/ waterfall night shot for the Critique Buddy group is going to have to wait. Luckily, I did have a contingency plan. I went to play about with a new high-powered torch that I actually bought for light-painting goldfish Wink

I used the torch to light the inside of the harbour, trying to lift the tones a bit. I was fighting the sunrise though, so the exposure time was limited to thirty seconds (I would have liked a couple of minutes). Kind of wish I'd used the flashgun as well though, just to sharpen up the boat.

Couple of notes about the location, this is supposedly Scotland's smallest harbour, with an entrance just 2m wide.

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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Seacliff Harbour
Username:discreetphoton discreetphoton
Uploaded:29 Mar 2010 - 11:36 PM
Tags:Bass rock, Castle, Critique buddies, General, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Tantallon
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Group Event:Critique Buddies March 2010 : Low Light Photo
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rockfish
rockfish  4 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 - 11:40 PM

Excellent work - a crackin image with superb light and comp. The torch worked a treat, and I think the blurred boat actually adds something to the shot. Well captured.
Peter

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kaybee
kaybee  93704 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 12:16 AM

That is small

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porty2003
porty2003  1097 forum posts Scotland
30 Mar 2010 - 7:19 AM

Good resultSmile.I seem to recall similar 'mini-harbours' on the west coast of Arran.

John

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014564 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 3:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a bit of a busy shot here - lots of things contending for my attention, the castle, the little boulder thing on the horizon top right, the harbour itself etc. etc.

I think I'd have been panning to the left a lot to get the whole of the harbour in shot - feel a bit robbed as we can see the bottom of the left wall, but not the top. I bet the top would have provided a nice lead line out to the sea and castle too.

I like the inclusion of the rope to the right and the ladder adds interest. It was probably a bit too light for the light painting to stand out - I didn't know you'd done it till I'd read the "about". Maybe that's a good thing, it's not obvious, but then again, it may be that you wanted it to really stand out. It looks like the interior has some yellow moss on the walls.

Blurred boat... I've done this with canal barges in a lock and to be honest, the idea is a lot better than the reality. It's a pretty effect, all soft and wooshy, but I never did anything with the shots - just a novelty rather than a useable shot. Unavoidable here I know, but I hope you see my point.

Really like the laminar rcok textures and the freground yellow blobs of Lichen loook really nice.

All in all, decent shot, lots of good ideas, I'd just have panned left to make the most of the harbour

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2010 - 5:25 PM

Good comments, I like this as I am amature photographer willing to learn, and from my view I like the layers of rocks and the yellow lichen in the foreground then off to the sunrise just on the horizen, waves just coming into the harbour and I also do like the boat blurred, ( goodness knows how that was done!!) but where you have the torch highlighting the ladder and the harbour walls brings this all together for me....So for me it's a BIG thumbs up!
love it (sorry I have gone on, but do enjoy this shot)
Lillian

Last Modified By Lillian at 31 Mar 2010 - 5:27 PM

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2010 - 6:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great shot and I love all the striations in the rocks, that castle on the horizon, your work with the torch to lift the shadows and the effect of the long exposure on the sky.
I think Ade has hit the nail on the head regarding the composition though; a step back and two to the left to include the whole of the harbour would have made a lot more of the shot for me and would have helped make the boat more pride of place. As it is I can't fail but like the blurry effect, but without the whole boat and harbour I'm just not entirely sure on what is the subject of the image.
And personally would have liked it a little darker for the dusk feel - maybe you and I just have slightly different monitor settings Wink
Tim

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2010 - 2:29 PM

Like what you are trying to do here and some great feedback too.
Love your website by the way
Regards Richard

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