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I'd like to ask opinions on this shot please.

I used the Burn Tool to darken the sky.

I thought it would emphasise the conditions on that day and add a bit more drama.

Have I gone overboard or does the use of this tool to such an extent actually look ok in this image.

Also I'm trying to practice with things such as contrast, lighten, darken etc and never know when I have done just enough!

I'd be grateful for your honest opinions.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jan 2012 - 10:58 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Typical Blackpool Weather
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:23 Feb 2012 - 6:42 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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ams99
ams99 Junior Member 365 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 7:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think this has the makings of an awesome image. I love the rails leading into the water and then the curve leading round to the tower.
However, i think it would look more dramatic if it were brighter and with a little more saturation. Sadly, i am not in a position to be able to supply mods to the standard of Willie and Frank. I'm sure they will be along shortly.

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mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 7:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hey up Elaine,

Well done gal, you have certainly been practising with (photoshop ?) and you have quite a dramatic image on your hands. I personally only try and use the burn/dodge tool at around 20%, it can add noise. Elaine the adjustments are there for you to play around and learn from but if you are using photoshop click on the "create a layer" icon (half black half white circle) to do your adjustments. It's the same adjustment tool as is under "adjustments" but you automatically get a mask so that you can rub out the bits you don't want adjusted (does that make sense). As for when you've done enough, it's when it's right for you not when it's right for someone else. At the end of the day it's your image.
I've done a mod using curves with a classic "S" and highlight & shadows to try and bring out the sky.

Take care

Martin

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ams99 Junior Member 365 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 7:51 PM

Nice one Martin

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Jestertheclown
23 Feb 2012 - 9:01 PM

Hi Elaine,
Modded.
First, I brightened the entire image a little. I then used the magnetic lasso to select the top half and increased the brightness (again) and the contrast a bit.
As I say, it was done quickly and you can still see the join in places.
I don't think it's really what you were looking for. I've a feeling that Willie's mod is probably nearest the mark but there's a load of detail in that foreshore just waiting to be lifted.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 23 Feb 2012 - 9:09 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2012 - 9:04 PM

A really good shot, - pone of your best. Its hard to know the answer to your question without seeing the original, but it works for me.


I would suggest you crop a little from the right to place the tower on a third, and in the mod Ive adjusted the contrast to bring a little more detail and a blue tone into the clouds.



Well done.



regards


Willie

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Feb 2012 - 9:34 AM

Hi Alan,

I'm gad you like the composition for this shot.

And, you were spot on about the brightness and saturation.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Feb 2012 - 9:47 AM

Hey Up Martin,

Your mod is great. What you've done really lifts the image and mine looks quite dull in comparison.

Thanks for the tip on the % to use for the burn tool (I use Elements 10 by the way). I'll use this % in future, I imagine it's a good level to see changes as you're working, and build up the effect in stages.

Also like the "create layer" tip - yes what you said about the mask does make sense - this is one aspect I haven't got to grips with yet.

I'm glad you like the shot, thanks for helping me to improve it.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Feb 2012 - 9:54 AM

Hiya Bren,

I love what you have done to the foreground and the sea, and I'm going to try with the magnetic lasso to replicate what you have done in that part of the image.

I've not tried to change brightness/contrast to specific parts of an image so thanks for giving me an idea how it's done.

Keep on Shootin'

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Feb 2012 - 9:58 AM

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the mod.

I like what you've done with the tones and elements.

I like the way the hotels in the background look sharper and show more detail than in my image.

Thanks for showing me an alternative crop, and it's one to consider for the final version.

Cheers

Elaine

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Jestertheclown
24 Feb 2012 - 10:00 AM

Hi Elaine,
Go for it!
It's not desperately difficult and with a little practice and by spending a little more time on it, you can get result in which the join is invisible.
Have a look in the "techniques" section for a tutorial. There's bound to be one.
Please let me know how you get on.

Bren.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Feb 2012 - 10:11 AM

Hi Willie,

The Tower definitely looks much better on a third.

Thanks for adjusting the colour of the sky. The blue tone looks much nicer.

I'm definitely going to try to incorporate these two adjustments in the final image

Thanks for working on my image.

Cheers

Elaine

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