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Just messing about with an image i took of Whitby Abbey, trying to get to grips with PS Elements 9 Grin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:50.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2012 - 1:33 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Whitby Abbey
Username:EvasiveSkydiver EvasiveSkydiver
Uploaded:6 Jun 2012 - 9:49 PM
Tags:Architecture, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract
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EvasiveSkydiver

Love the mod Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 8:49 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very interesting too. Nice to see a try at something out of the ordinary. A faint white glow round the buildingds and, while the lightning is very good, there are a few artefacts on the left - including a silver ball - that I would remove.


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EvasiveSkydiver

Thanks for looking and for the comment Paul,
I'll have another play around with it Smile

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 5:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi,
certainly it rains evertime i go to Whitby, Grin

good to play with these things but it would be really nice if you said exactly what you did so everone would know where you started, maybe even upload a second version of the originals.

compositionally its fine, i really like the lightening strike, so good i dont know if its real or false but i can see the white halo around the intersection of sky and buildings / horizon so i can see that there has been manipulation. its the flare balls im not keen on as they actually look artificial (and could be real) particularly te space age looking one near the horizon left side.

overall the saturation has been pumped up a bit high together with the contrast which is making the halo more noticable.

a good idea, a good location to use but a little rework would make a a stronger image, id suggest going more for a natural overall dark balance rather than pushing things but keeping most of the brightness brightness in the roof lines and outbuildings.

regards
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 7 Jun 2012 - 5:55 PM

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EvasiveSkydiver

Hi Phil, thanks for your helpful comments Smile i'll upload the original so people can can see the image i started with Smile
Thanks again

Craig

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Davesumner
8 Jun 2012 - 12:50 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Craig,

Thanks for your PM and I apologise that I never got my description written after I'd uploaded the mod, that's the risk when you write these things at work, here's my belated version now.

When I looked at the image I immediately thought of how much atmosphere the image had and this was quickly followed by the fact that I thought it was a night shot with the lightning causing the lighter parts in the image. I then thought hang on, are those bats flying around, no they're seagulls and from that point on I started to look a little more in depth at the image. I was confused as to what was going on with the colours as they seem to be a little surreal. I think that Phil's point about uploading the original is a valid one and also giving us a bit of a run down on what you did is also useful.

I showed the image to a couple of work colleagues and they said immediately that they thought that the lightning had been photoshopped in but I wasn't so sure. The lightning would have been easy to put into the shot but the flaring and the light at the top of the flagpole wouldn't be that easy especially that reddish halo that is visible if you look a bit closer.

For me, the shot is a bit too wide and contains elements that don't really add to the shot, the houses to the left and the barn to the right aren't of any relevance so I would get rid of them by cropping the image. It is hard to get the viewers eyes away from the lightning strike because of it being so bright but once they do the houses and barn roof then become a distraction as secondary bright points in the shot. I would want to keep my viewers eyes firmly on the Abbey and the lightning strike. With regards to the colours, I'm not sure if you oversaturated the shot whilst you were playing with it in PSE but the colours seem very overcooked to me.

In my mod I used Camera RAW to adjust the white balance then crop and lighten the shadows. Then in CS5 I reduced the greens and yellows but painted the yellow of the abbey back through the mask, this was to reduce the green in the grass. I then used the dodge and burn tools to add some light and dark to the shot and finally sharpened. All this stuff you can do with PSE but I'm not sure how you open the image in ACR first? I do this by using 'Open in Camera RAW' from Adobe Bridge but I don't think you get Bridge with PSE although ACR is definately there.

Anyway, I hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 8 Jun 2012 - 12:55 AM

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EvasiveSkydiver

Thanks very much for getting back to me with all the helpful info Smile
I'm gonna keep playing around and see what I can get to Smile
I've uploaded the original to the Modifications Smile

Thanks again

Craig

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