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Against The Grain(s)

By MarkBroughton  
Evening All,

Had a very pleasant trip to Talacre beach last night with some ace company, gorgeous weather & forehead sunburn. The sky certainly didnt let us down.

This was one of the last shots taken, I love the sky and the fact I just managed to get the moon in the shot too.

It is a 3 shot bracketed exposure, tone mapped in photomatix, and desaturated (believe it or not )

I have plenty of shots from last night, but I really like this one, although it goes against the grain when it comes to the rule of thirds etc, but this one for me is all about the sky and lighthouse.

Please let me know what you think, any comments much appreciated, have a look large if you have a mo.....

Thanks for looking

Tags: Sunset General Lighthouse Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Talacre beach Amazing sky

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blondiebee 10 295 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:08PM
Great sky. Ness

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tumienis 12 2 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:12PM
love the sky in this one! well done!
RubberBullets 15 1 6 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:15PM
Very effective shot, love the colours in the sky.

If you had got down lower could you have got a closer view of the patterns in the sand?

newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:18PM
yep we were lucky to capture the sky at perch rock lastnight,
cracking shot,,
49er 10 564
9 Jun 2008 7:20PM
Cracking sky and light
9 Jun 2008 7:21PM
Thanks guys, Ian the sky last night was something else wasnt it. Tim, I have got quite a few shots with foreground detail, such as sand ripples, I just really liked this one, for the sky and central composition, more to follow Smile
carterart 12 74 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:25PM
Rules are to be broken and in this case it had to be a central shot to make the most of the lines in the clouds. The moon was a tempting addition but for me too close to the edge - can of course be moved or removed.
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
9 Jun 2008 7:29PM
wow factor it has........

dtomo68 13 9 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 7:53PM
Brilliant sums it up

9 Jun 2008 7:56PM
Claire, Thanks for the comment I agree about the moon, I havent progressed to moving things in PS yet Smile and thanks also to Jouko and Dave for your comments and clicks, hugely appreciated
riggwelter 9 165 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 8:10PM
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 9:36PM
fantastic sky, the cloud formations justify the decision to place the light house in a central position.
i would suggest cloning out the moon which pulls the eye up to the corner, and if it were mine i would crop off some of the btm to make a letterbox shape and concentrate the attention on that wonderful sky.
9 Jun 2008 9:50PM
Thanks richard, and thanks Phil, I have uploaded a variant taking into consideration what you said, and I agree, although the moon was a nice touch, it is far too close to the edge and I was thinking about taking some of the bottom off before I uploaded the first one, and it works, thanks for the tips Smile
buxton 8 England
9 Jun 2008 9:58PM
Nice shot, super sky.
sherlob Plus
10 2.8k 126 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:05PM
Sorry Mark, but the composition here just doesn't do it for me (your last upload is far and away the better shot). The central position of the LH just dominates and there is a critical paradox between it and the sky - i.e. what do I look at? The comments on the moon etc are good - a much more radical letterbox is needed. I'll add a mod - but it won't change the central problem. On the positive the exposure is good and your processing is also good.

It was a cracking sunset though wasn't it!


11 Jun 2008 9:40PM
Hi Adam, It certainly was a cracking sunset, I see where you are coming from with your critique, this was very much a self indulgent upload because I like it Wink and it came out as I wanted it to.

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