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Thanks for the great response to my last post - who knew a dead duck could prove so popular. Thanks especially to Pete for the HC.

Todays image is actually a test shot. I have an idea for a new project, but I need to perfect my technique. Here balancing the image has proven difficult...and I can be seen as a ghostly figure within the circle (my editing skills were not unto the job of removing this). Comments on how to improve would be very welcome.

Still this is my 400th upload! So I thought I'd add some fireworks to celebrate.

Adam

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Apr 2012 - 10:27 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:121sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Bulb
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The boy stood on the burning deck...
Username:sherlob sherlob
Uploaded:15 Apr 2012 - 11:04 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Landscape / travel, Light painting, Pickmere, Specialist / abstract, Wire wool
Votes:30

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 12:46 PM

A Very Happy 400th. to you.
A very brave exercise. I think I would have chosen somewhere a bit drier to risk falling over.
Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64445 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 6:23 PM

The background's a bit too light to hide the figure but you've got the wheel pretty much nearly there I reckon.
Chris

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82325 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 6:42 PM

Thanks both (and the voters).

Chris:

The problem is not so much the figure in the wheel (although that is a frequently cited problem with this type of image - and one I have an idea about solving - filling the wheel), nor the shape of the wheel itself, but rather the balancing of the burn against the sky. Currently, I suspect that there is too much of a conflict between the highlights of the sky and the burn. That said the plume of black smoke that came from a nearby power plant doesn't help balance the image and I find this pulls my eye away from the intended focal points.

I am thinking that the trick maybe not to point directly in the direction of the brightest part of the sky, but rather to go adjacent to it - or alternatively to shoot just a little later in the evening on a longer exposure (this was 120 seconds). The silhouetted horizon line also is too domineering in this scene in my opinion - but again I'm not entirely sure.

I must admit to being please with the degree of lighting the burn gave to the jetty - this hasn't been lifted post production as much as you might first think.


Adam

Last Modified By sherlob at 15 Apr 2012 - 6:43 PM

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 6:43 PM

Happy 400th, certain look impressive when you get it right
Regards Richard

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 5:11 PM

Looks fine to me Adam Smile

Is that dark streak of cloud the power station exhaust then? It doesn't compete to me. I guess you are on the right track if you're thinking of doing it a bit later in the evening, but I really don't find I'm bothered by seeing your ghostly figure inside the ring.

Good idea... I know of a jetty near me I could use... Wink

Cheers, Goggz

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HollySamEdwards

Amazing! Great Work!
Holly

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