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The rain started coming down on our last afternoon on the Isle of Man just as we discovered this view. I thought I could make a nice image of the scene so my stubborn streak kicked in and I sat in the car waiting for the rain to stop long enough for me to get a quick shot.

Eventually it dried up momentarily and I jumped out of the car, managing to take a few shots, before it started drizzling again.

This is my favourite.

Any constructive critique would be appreciated.

Thanks Guys

Elaine Grin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jul 2013 - 2:00 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Maughold Head
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:31 Jul 2013 - 7:50 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 8:34 PM

Having sold a lighthouse calendar (Australia admittedly) and many single shots , I can say it ticks most boxes:
the sea and the lantern is well dominating the shot, the characteristic shape is well lit and the sky is sufficiently interesting. Had you done it IN the rain, it would have been even better Smile
there are a few snags though: You did not hold the camera parallel to the lighthouse's main axis. So, the building is slightly distorted and leaning. You could also have walked a bit down the slope that would have avoided the distortion and the lantern would have been ABOVE the horizon, which is usually wanted. Maybe a POV bit further left and about 5-7 ms down the slope.
Of course, maybe there was something totally horrible spoiling the picture down there and you had a perfectly good reason to go exactly where you were.

I'd probably use a polarizer in that situation.

It is generally speaking a good lighthouse shot that would make most people very happy. I'm just picking on the bits that maritime minded viewer wants to see.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:03 PM

Can't compete with Annette's techie expertise and wouldn't try to if I could. I can only say that with a little tweaking to straighten the lighthouse this would be an image that I would have been pleased to take.

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
31 Jul 2013 - 9:21 PM

Hi Annette,

Your critique is great Grin

I've got to admit that I didn't even notice that the lighthouse was leaning Blush , but now that you've pointed it out it's very obvious to me. I'm amazed that I've looked at this shot so many times and yet never noticed it!!

Unfortunately it wasn't possible to go down the slope as it was too dangerous.

That's a fab tip about placing the lantern above the horizon and I'll bear it in mind next time.

Your help is much appreciated Annette and I'm a bit wiser now on the aspects of shots like this.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
31 Jul 2013 - 9:25 PM

Hi Lynne,

Thanks for your nice comment. Can't believe I didn't spot the leaning lighthouse.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9716 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2673 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 12:45 AM

Nothing to say except to try a mod.


Willie

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Aug 2013 - 10:37 AM

Thanks Willie...........it looks miles better.

I hadn't noticed the leaning angle of the lighthouse at all.....I blame the drink Wink

Cheers

ElaineGrin:

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Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2129 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 8:14 PM

I love this shot just as it is! Annette's comments are really good and helpful for us all and the Mod is great. I would have loved to do this with a 4 or 10 stop filter...................

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