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Thanks to all who voted for and visited my previous effort. I was quite a surprised it did as well as it did, and by who visited, too! Smile

This lighthouse adorns the enormously long and tediously dull beach at the unfortunately named Burnham-on-Sea, a sleepy little resort town which, when I visited last Saturday, it clearly was not - on sea, that is.

The vast tidal movement in the Severn Channel (2nd largest in the world, I'm told) means that at low tide, which of course my visit was cleverly timed to coincide with...duh, the sea is not even visible from the beach except as a dull brown blur some miles away, and indistinguishable from the dull brown mud for which this place seems famous.
Not only was my tidal timing monumentally misjudged, but I also chose to visit on 95% overcast day - clearly I am going to become a photographer of some great repute! Wink

The only light shafts breaking through a mostly featureless cloud base presented themselves at moments when there was nothing to make an image from on my long, long walk in search of a subject.

This shot was taken on the way back to the car when the tide was, in fact, returning, albeit at a snail's pace and not in a timescale that was usable by me without my partner suffering serious hunger pangs (and all that that entails!) and is the result of a composition I'd already marked out, hoping for a co-operative sky. And since I was there, I wasn't going go to return home empty-handed: damn it!!

I shot a series of seven shots 1EV apart (-3 to +3) and then merged to HDR and tone-mapped them in PS, and then spent a couple of fun-filled hours last night playing around to see what I could drag from the wreckage of Saturday's visit (it was actually a very nice walk, if I discount the photgraphy side of it!).

I used a combination of LAB colour mode and selective curve adjustments, before finishing off in RGB mode with a bit more fiddling.

The result is before you. I quite like it and hope you do, too.

Anyhow, if I never make it as a photographer, there's perhaps hope for me in anecdotal writing, or perhaps after-dinner speaking!

If you've made it thus far, congratulations and award yourself a pat on the back!
It's been fun composing this, even if I crash and burn: thanks for stopping by.

Smile Wink

Bill

Camera:Olympus E-500
Lens:Zuiko 14 -45 @ 14mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Lighthouse
Username:BillyGoatGruff BillyGoatGruff
Uploaded:26 Feb 2008 - 9:06 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, Lighthouse coast sand mud
Votes:61

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Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
26 Feb 2008 - 9:19 AM

Awesome image
Marc

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 9:28 AM

Wonderful image.

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petra16
petra16  8169 forum posts Scotland
26 Feb 2008 - 9:38 AM

I visited there a couple of years ago and yes I agree not a very photographic place, but you did well to get this I just love the colours...

petra

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PeeCee
PeeCee  91 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 10:05 AM

Really like this. Great dark, brooding atmosphere.

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EllieEdge
EllieEdge  7 Norway42 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 10:21 AM

Displaying good skills on both photography and anekdotes. Smile

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NeilM
NeilM  8 England
26 Feb 2008 - 10:24 AM

very dramatic, like it.

Neil

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
26 Feb 2008 - 10:36 AM

Very dramatic - a wonderful scene.
Freda

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newty1
newty1  8 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 - 10:45 AM

nice dramatic moody shot. Good stuff
Andy Smile

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Dennis_Bromage
26 Feb 2008 - 10:50 AM

Nicely worked shot
Den

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Ernest_Godward
26 Feb 2008 - 11:21 AM

Absolutely jaw dropping dramatic. You couldn't ask for better than this!

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 11:42 AM

Why thank you kindly, everyone.
:-0 !!
Bill

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luxaeternam
26 Feb 2008 - 12:01 PM

I like the lovely little cloud in the background which seems to counterbalance the towering lighthouse.
Nice work.
Smile Lucy

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26 Feb 2008 - 12:13 PM

Wow, awesome image
Mark

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andybebbs  6162 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 12:35 PM

very nice shot
Andy

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Brenty
Brenty  8 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2008 - 12:40 PM

What an unusual lighthouse. It really grabs your attention. Great image and processing. Excellent shot.

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 2:26 PM

First class result.

Robert

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 2:31 PM

Thanks again, folks. I didn't expect to do as well as this - just goes to show: don't be so quick to write off an apparently rubbish day out!
Bill

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skeletor
skeletor  111643 forum posts England
26 Feb 2008 - 2:40 PM

Like the mood.

Lot of noise in the sky, but maybe it adds to the feel of the image.

Well done,

Steve

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 3:22 PM

Yep, Steve. A lot of noise in the sky - I really nuked this Wink
I think it adds to the gritty dark mood and menace.
Thanks for visiting.
Bill

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MalcolmM e2 Member 988 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 7:24 PM

Noise adds to drama of this one. Excellent image.

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
26 Feb 2008 - 7:39 PM

A superb image, love the dark and moody sky, the composition is spot on, an overall excellent image.
Annette

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DiegoDesigns
26 Feb 2008 - 7:48 PM

Thanks for the read! I know this place well, and thanks to your processing, it now has a completely new look and feel to it. A striking and moody piece, which I like very much indeed...

Dave

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MarkT  10119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2008 - 8:11 PM

Now that's some description - lol

You have created a very atmospheric image Bill - great stuff.

Mark.

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2008 - 8:19 AM

Many thanks, Malcolm Anette, Dave and Mark.
I really expected to crash and burn!
I've now got the slight problem of what to follow this with! Um.....
Bill

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StevenPrice
28 Feb 2008 - 2:08 PM

superb work very well done.

Steve.

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pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2008 - 12:03 PM

Your best yet Bill! The light, tones and composition are spot on - this is superb work!

Rgds
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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2008 - 12:15 PM

Thank you, Paul.
Very nice of you to drop by!
ATB
Bill

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JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
4 Mar 2008 - 4:23 PM

grand image, Bill........

Thank you...

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Dotrob  9 Wales
5 Mar 2008 - 10:26 AM

Great dramatic shot.
Dot

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viscostatic
5 Mar 2008 - 4:51 PM

Beautiful rays and tones.

Phil.

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 8:18 AM

Thanks Jouko, Dot, Phil. I appreciate the attention Smile
ATB
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Chant57 e2 Member 8391 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 9:42 AM

Drama aplenty here, the noise in the sky I feel adds to the overall atmosphere. Delighted to nudge this to its half century
C

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 9:48 AM

Thanks Chant. All nudges are most welcome Wink
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10 Mar 2008 - 9:37 AM

Very dramatic sky and a very clear commentary Whew Smile

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11 Mar 2008 - 12:52 PM

Stunning... ive gotta get to grips this HDR Wink

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JeremyTrickett
12 Mar 2008 - 3:23 PM

Hi BillyGoatGruff, You have some wonderful photographs, and this is one of my favourites. I have an e510 and it is such a good camera, but also still have my e500 which I love using, i'm working my way up to e3, but it all takes time and money, all the best Jerry.

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13 Mar 2008 - 5:57 PM

Stunning image, love the mood and excellent use/control of HDR. Chris C

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bidy100  8 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2008 - 11:42 AM

Super pic and great description LOL Smile
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