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Tried to capture the sunrise and sunburst at Southsea Pier last Sunday, I'm afraid that this is as good as it got.

Used a 1.2 ND filter and a 1 stop ND grad, wish I had gone a bit higher with the grad now though.

Once again I would be grateful for some critique on this pic, composition etc. once again the only processing was removing dust spots and crop off ome of the sky.

Thank you to all those that gave some great feedback on yesterdays submission, all suggestions were gratefully received and I will be trying some out in the fullness of time.

Have a great day

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Sep 2012 - 6:38 AM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Sunburst at the pier
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:13 Sep 2012 - 5:38 AM
Tags:Landscape, Landscape / travel, Seascape, South parade pier, Sunburst, Sunrise
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 5:45 AM

Great timing, Mark, well composed and captured. Carol

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 - 6:34 AM

This is so very beautiful... I love the sillouette, the light and the softness in the calm sea... Very nice image. IB

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 6:40 AM

Really nice Mark, timing is spot on. I would just give the horizon a tweak though, its a little low on the right hand side.

Andy

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 6:42 AM

Thanks all.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 7:38 AM

A superb well timed lowlight beautifully exposed coastal composition, glorious light, and a starburst made in heaven. My only suggestion would be to make a rather tight letterbox crop in order to ditch the rather lack lustre shoreline, and remove the top half of the sky.

Nathan

Last Modified By NDODS at 13 Sep 2012 - 7:42 AM

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 7:45 AM

It is a fine attractive composition but the first thing I noticed was the horizon was not straight and I have corrected this in my mod. I have also applied a shadow/highlight to bring out the shadow detail and darkened the sky a little to give greater prominence to the "shooting stars".

Albert

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 8:08 AM

I think it would have been difficult to do much better in the circumstances. Well exposed. Don't think any more ND would help and could send the sky muddy. Just crop it off - you and take quite a bit off the top and some off the bottom giving a letterbox format.

Paul

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 8:39 AM

I noticed the horizon and darkish foreground, Mark, but couldn't better Albert's mod.

Dave

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 8:54 AM

its a lovely image and people have alreadypounted out what I would have said.
The sunburst is great but the 2 pinpricks of light in the building do catch my eye
the smaller ones seem o.k.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

As not really able to do landscapes well Mark, to my mind
you have a good shot here
Lillian

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 10:12 AM

It's all been said Mark. My first impression was to crop sky but I think you need the f/g space.
Thank you for suggestions to my harvest image yesterday for which I uploaded a croppped version.
I'm never sure whether or not to include lights in this kind of image.(see barbarahirst's comment)
Is there a rule of thumb on this anyone?
KateGrinGrinGrin

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 12:57 PM

hi,

i had a spell doing piers and i found that the better approach is to get closer to the structure so that there is a strong diagonal shooting into the sea, (there is one on my showcase) no clicks please im just illustrating the angle. as it is it looks a bit distant and flatt in perspective.

i also found that my better results were when i went the same side as the sun so as to pick up a little of the light and retain some red on the horizon (which needs leveling up a little.)

you can alter this without more grads, to darken a sky, make a copy layer and click the blending mode to multiply and fade the opacity slider until its how you want. then click the layer mask and drop a grad layer black to transparant over the sea and you will have the sea as it was with a darker sky.

you can do similar in reverse.

make a layer, tweak levels or curves to get the sea brighter and drop a grad layer mask over the sky to leave it as it was.

hope this helps,

Phil

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 1:20 PM

Good Morning Mark!

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 2:57 PM

I am surprised that you didn't think to correct your horizon as this is otherwise nice work.

The correction together with Albert's use of 'lighten shadows' makes for a nice mod.

Frank

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Skeet1Away
Skeet1Away e2 Member 342 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 3:43 PM

Mark, the pier gives a great line to your comp and I think the angle to the beach works well, as to mods, the up load works well but from following your other work I prefer your upload as the moody dramatic tone from your comp sits very well. Ok I'm more pulled to the darker side of shots.......another super upload m8.


Paul.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 8:20 PM

Well exposed and processed. No critique needed.
Matt

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2012 - 10:57 PM

I like the way you lined up the sun. Very creative, Mark.
=\Walter

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