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Lifeguard Station Miami Beach.
Everybody seems to be posting arty-fied pics. I thought I would throw in my effort.
Where can this be improved apart from a trip to the trash bin?
Comments and measurements of the horizon most welcome.
V2 is just along the beach early one morning.
There must be twenty of these huts along the long beach, all different.
Thanks for looking.
Ian

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jan 2012 - 5:21 PM
Focal Length:44mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:THE Beach
Username:iancrowson iancrowson
Uploaded:6 Nov 2012 - 12:51 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

A pleasant scene, reminiscent of a Jack Vettriano setting! The big hut is balanced by the brolly and chairs, and a version with the hut smaller might be good too.

Nick

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 2:03 PM

Nick
Thanks, you might have guessed i have a book of his paintings. Yes the hut is too big and maybe a bit too far from the chairs. I need some instructions for some clever work in photoshop here. In fact you have just given me an idea.........yes ,thanks
Ian

Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 4:30 PM

No critique from me Ian ( I'm not that good ) I do however prefer V2 the sunrise shot. Only passed through Miami on the way to the Keys, always felt we should have stayed overnight at the least.
Ray

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 4:42 PM

Ray
Thanks for the feed back. We stayed a week. Lots for a photographer I could really bore this gallery with art deco images!
Ian

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 7:06 PM

V1 for me, but for my mind it lacks a little punch and contrast and thus appears somewhat washed out, this maybe how you wanted it I don't know, but I'd added a mod just so you can see what I mean. I just simply pushed the contrast up a little.

Ade

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2012 - 10:42 PM

Ade
I can see your point. Quite a difference. I'm still very much playing with this technique and looking for ideas, thanks for your input
Ian

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 2:55 PM

I like where youre going with this Ian. I have a feeling youre trying to emulate a recent upload.


Ive loaded 2 interpretations for perusal.


Willie

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 4:25 PM

Willie
The second is spot on putting the hut and the chairs closer together. How did you cut a slice out, or did you push?
I actually did this image a few months ago using a trial of Topaz Simplify and came back to it after seeing the squashed pics. I have been playing with stretching shores but no squashing...yet!

Thanks everyone who made an input. Any pointers in any direction most welcome. You guessed it, I want to be a watercolour artist but can't paint. I am waiting for more images of tropical beaches which I should grab this winter.

Ian

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 5:53 PM

For mod2, on a later, I used the marquee tool and selected the hut; I used transform>scale to make it a little smaller; this will result in parts of the sea and sand that are in the selection being also re sized, so use a mask to remove as much as possible, then flatten. You will still have some areas not lining up with the original horizon, the shadow, some odds and ends that you just use the close tool to correct. The hut being smaller makes it appear closer, though its position has not changed. Give it a try,- its not too difficult. I also stretched the original longer (height) by resizing the image without locking the aspect ratio, - so increase height independently of width. Played with a selection of filters, etc.

If you have CS6, I found an interesting way to change images under Image>Adjustments>Colour Lookup, which I didnt know existed until yesterday, - if you have CS6, or anyone else reading, check it out.


Willie

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:10 PM

Thanks for that Willie
I've had the hut selected and played with size, my problems being to put it back on the beach ok.Yours looks fine as the image gets more blurred and distorted. I have an image in my mind I'm working towards.
Ian

paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:17 PM

Looks like a pastel drawing. Interesting. Is it still a photograph. No, but that is not necessarily a negative, a photograph started it, and I can live with that. I quite like it as presented. Pub wall art.
Paul

iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:39 PM

Paul,
Thank you, a posh pub I hope,
Ian

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 7:36 PM

I like this very much and as poster 1 said, it reminded me of
Jack Vettriano.

B.

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