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Got a bit damp shooting this one. High tide on a windy day in Blackpool. I zoomed in close on the legs under South Pier as I wanted to freeze the waves crashing in.

I thought this scene would be suited to black and white.

I used the dodge tool to lighten up the foreground slightly and also to bring out the detail in the foreground steel structures.

I'd be grateful for any advice on how I could improve this shot.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jan 2012 - 12:53 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Force 7
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:22 Jan 2012 - 1:53 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 - 3:36 PM

Interesting image. I like the water movement and the metal in sillouette. Nothing I would change here. IB

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Jan 2012 - 5:28 PM

Thanks Isabel, I'm glad you like the image.....maybe it was worth getting a soaking for - lol.

Cheers

Elaine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 8:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Potentially a strong image. This time I would not have dodged the foreground - I would have left them as black as possible and burnt in the sea to add detail.

paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Jan 2012 - 8:34 PM

Thanks for your advice Paul. I'll have a go at this alternative treatment.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Jan 2012 - 9:12 PM

Uploaded a Mod where I tried burning in the sea. Not sure if I've got it right though - tried to be subtle with it. Would love to know what you think.

Thanx

Elaine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 11:09 PM

For me your mod is better. The original looked a bit flat because of your dodging, but the mod has the impact of the black steelwork and the burning in has added detail to the white water.

Paul

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23 Jan 2012 - 12:45 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It was certainly worth getting wet for, Elaine, and I feel that you achieved your goal, but the pier would look better in silhouette. I have done a modification where I used perspective correction to straighten the lines, which resulted in a bit of a crop, but I also took some extra off the left side, where there was less of interest. I then adjusted shadows, highlights and levels to darken the pier structures, add a bit more contrast to the mono, and to bring some more detail into the water and waves. I also sharpened the image to bring out the water splashes.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 23 Jan 2012 - 12:47 AM

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
23 Jan 2012 - 6:04 PM

Hello Everyone,

Paul - Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with this shot. It will help me in the future to know how this type of image can be improved upon.

Pamelajean - You've made the scene come alive with your improvements. I love your mod. Thanks for detailing your methods - I'm hoping to emulate what you have done.

Frank - Yes I agree about the 'f' stop. I had the camera set to 1/500 sec on shutter priority, and the camera chose the 'f' stop. I wasn't sure if a lower shutter speed would freeze the crashing waves. I guess what I should have done was take a few bracketed shots. I need to clue myself up on using the manual mode also - I think I've been too reliant on letting the camera choose the settings!

I'm glad you like seaside shots - I have the perfect "studio" on my doorstep - all I need now is the time to explore it through my lens.

Thanks everyone for your invaluable help. I'm going to take all of your advice on board.

Cheers

Elaine

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