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Aberystwyth Signal

By VictoriaAnn
After a flat morning the sun started to come through but I felt the colour version of this lacked impact. I wanted a feeling of emptiness and waiting, not sure this achieves this but I like it anyway Smile

Tags: Sky Coast Black and white Signal hill

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capto Plus
7 5.8k 12 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 5:30PM
I think you have largely achieved your aim, I have just push it a little further.

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8 Jun 2019 5:35PM
Thanks capto, i tend to be a bit restrained i guess, but certainly looks good pushed a bit further.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 6:12PM
Hello again!

As with your previous Critique Gallery upload, could you add the colour original please as a modification? I appreciate your intentions, for a more subtle, understated look, but the problem here that I see is that the result doesn't really distinguish between land, sea and sky because of the tonal similarities. This also gives less sense of depth, distance.

A minor point in terms of processing but important - there is a definite tilt to the sea horizon.

I love the subject, and unusually this I think is one where central placement works. It gives a bleakly defiant look.

I'll come back later.
8 Jun 2019 6:20PM
Ill add the colur one, it was very difficult to level it as the see/land in the background wasnt clear so i worked on the bricks at the front.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 7:04PM
If you lie it, that iall that matters. It has some impact, although the mono tones are rather in the middle of the range resuting in a slight flat feel. The content is not my kind of thing, but that is subjective.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
8 Jun 2019 10:24PM
Removed the tilt in a couple of mods; increased exposure in the foreground.

Your mono looks a lot better than the original colour.

8 Jun 2019 10:46PM
Thanks, I've had another go a straightening it too. Will keep playing Smile
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
9 Jun 2019 7:51AM
I think Ivor (capto) has got pretty close with the more hyped treatment in his mod. I wonder about a tighter crop, as well - there's dead space on the left, and maybe also a bit on the right... Without losing the symmetry, a crop is possible - and there are assymmetric possibilities, too.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2019 7:58AM
Thanks for adding the original. I've added a couple of mods now.

Re straightening: The sea needs to be level, regarding the foreground I suspect that the plinth isn't actually level in real life! I rotated for the sea horizon, but then skewed bottom right down a bit which improved the plinth.

Then a bit of added light and some dodging on the foreground.

I worked b&w in Nik Silver Efex Pro, with a bit added on the contrast and structure sliders, some work on the colour channels particularly yellow and cyan, and a hint of burn edges for a broody feel. I hope I haven't pushed that too far, but I rather like the result.
dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
9 Jun 2019 8:11AM
Moira beat me to it on the mods...

And you have a problem with the beacon, I think - it seems to be slightly askew. These things sometimes happen - though the appropriately-named Skew tool in Photoshop and Elements will let you shear the top of the frame sideways to correct it.

Or it may just be my eyes.
Robert51 10 7 90 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2019 8:30AM
Great shot and I love the way the sky adds to the drama of the image.

The mod is only my ideas as I feel the letterbox crop adds to the picture.
9 Jun 2019 9:06AM
Thanks all, will take all the comments on board. Guess I need to trust myself a bit more Smile

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