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Thanks for all the comments on yesterdays upload...

Actually managed to get out with the camera yesterday evening for half an hour, albeit with the kids in tow. This was taken at Penmon Point, but I was determined not to do the lighthouse or Puffin Island! Conditions weren't ideal but i really liked the movement in the sky.

4 images combined in Photomatix and tweaked in Photoshop. Not sure if its too simple so would be interested in c&c.

Thanks for looking... Chris Wink

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tokina 12-24
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:rocks & sky
Username:CC CC
Uploaded:25 Aug 2008 - 9:44 AM
Tags:Anglesey, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel, North wales, Penmon, Sea, Sky
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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 - 9:45 AM

very nice shot indeed
well compiled


marc

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pmaclll
pmaclll  8 Scotland
25 Aug 2008 - 9:47 AM

nice capture

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JONTHELENS
25 Aug 2008 - 9:52 AM

Nice work to it, good comp and colour.

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sal_deactivated
25 Aug 2008 - 10:22 AM

It works well, beautiful composition and lovely colours,

Sally

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timjnngs
timjnngs  7 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 - 10:41 AM

Nice photo I like to colours and the composition in this photo.

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G_Hughes
G_Hughes  7
25 Aug 2008 - 10:43 AM

I like this one very much - its simplicity works.
Greta.

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2008 - 10:59 AM

Lovely HDR.

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SteveH63
SteveH63  6 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 - 11:46 AM

That sky is amazing, it brings everything together really well
Steve

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CC
CC  651 forum posts Wales
25 Aug 2008 - 8:47 PM

Thanks all for taking the time to comment Smile

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ketch
ketch e2 Member 7770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2008 - 10:29 PM

Excellent - wish I lived 30 minutes away from such stunning coastline - superb image

Robert

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robway
robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
25 Aug 2008 - 10:32 PM

Excellent f/g and I love the way the clouds radiate across the frame.

john

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2008 - 7:42 PM

Looks OK to me... a bit of a halo near the left hand rocks perhaps, but a very nice image.

If you Google Map Amlwch you should get a satellite pic up that shows Amlwch and Llanbadrig (Cemaes) and the coast between. The obvious big bay half way along is Porthwen. You can zoom in a bit and the brickworks are on the left coast of the bay, between the two beaches. I'm guessing now about parking, as I've walked from Llanbadrig, but if you drag the map south a bit you can see a lane. It has a prominent track leading zig-zag towards the bay past a large squareish rock formation and a big round hump in a dark green field. The entrance to the track looks big enough to park in safely and allow the farmer to access it.

Perhaps we should have an Ynys Mon Meet for all the locals? Wink

Cheers, Goggz

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CC  651 forum posts Wales
26 Aug 2008 - 7:59 PM

Thanks for all the comments - there is a halo around the rocks, that seems to be the way Photomatix works. I'm still finding my way around the software at the moment and trying to decide which bits I like Wink

Cheers for the Porthwen info Goggz, I'll have a look. Could be up for a Mon Meet if the weather lifts... Wink

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woodgag
woodgag  6 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2008 - 8:46 PM

WOW, Love the sky, great colour and comp

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2008 - 7:22 PM

Hi Chris,

If you have a halo like that around the rocks, you probably have the Light Smoothing set too low... but as I'm sure you are aware, messing with that will require further messing with the other controls!

Have fun...
Cheers, Goggz

Last Modified By Goggz at 30 Aug 2008 - 7:48 PM

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chilternsdavid
31 Aug 2008 - 8:27 AM

Great shot,Love the sky,David

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andy210966
2 Sep 2008 - 12:15 PM

Just love the sky on this shot Chris! I'll have to pop up to this neck of the woods myself as it is only 3/4 of an hour away. Really nice shot. I get 'halo' when using any HDR software whether it's Photomatix or CS3. I still haven't figured it out yet and messing with the light smoothing only reduces it slightly mmm... if you work it out - let me know!!

Fantastic image.

Andy Smile

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CC  651 forum posts Wales
2 Sep 2008 - 8:37 PM

Thanks Guys. I've only just treated myself to Photomatix and have so far just been playing. A case of RTFM perhaps? I can get a more subtle result (without the halo) but at the expense of the 'dramatic' (some may say cartoonish) effect. I can also avoid the halo by going for a pseudo-HDR rather than using multiple exposures. You make it sound very easy Goggz...
I bet if I take the time to look, someone will have produced a tutorial that covers all of this Wink Meanwhile, will keep playing until I get the chance to get out again with the camera.
Why is it that we only seem to get decent / dramatic weather whilst I'm working???

Will keep my eyes open for you on the Point Andy. Could be another local mini-meet in the offing...

Cheers, Chris

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 - 8:20 PM

superb shot.ray

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2008 - 7:41 PM

i find if i use very high (rh side) on light smoothing it helps with the halos, but yes the drama decreases too,

love the sky,
Phil

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steviehutch
steviehutch e2 Member 7steviehutch vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 - 9:17 PM

beautiful image , love that sky!

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2008 - 9:36 PM

Superb skyscape with just the right FG

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2008 - 8:30 PM

Brilliant use of the lens with that fabulous sky.

Robert

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sustainabledesign

Well done Chris, I like this shot a lot. Composition, rocks and sky excellent. You did say you were determined not to include Puffin Island and the Lighthouse.
People often say there needs to be a subject but this is a case where rules can be broken.
The other rule that we keep getting told about is the rule of thirds again cannot critise what you have done, would only consider options. Like the diagonal formed by the rock edge, it forms a rectangle with the sea triangle. Because the sky is so so good there is a case to make the rocks and sea to be in the bottom third and have 2 thirds sky, making the sky the main subject. Difficult to explain in words but I hope it makes sense.
It is a cracking picture anyway you look at it so it gets my vote.
Robert

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BreadandShutter

my favourite shot !!!

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