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B & W Seascape

By blackandwhitecat
Critique required please for my first b & w long exposure seascape!

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
18 Mar 2013 6:49PM
Congratulations on a very nice 1st try at long exposure, however to give good critique you need to provide more information regarding your camera settings especially the exposure time.,

A square crop is unusual for this style of image and you have almost pulled it off for me, your angle is slightly of centre which can show up more on a square crop, but this is a minor point for future images.

I have loaded a mod with the light and dark levels adjusted to the histogram and this has strengthened the vignette which draws the eye into the pier.

Well done for a 1st time

Erik. Grin

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I appreciate the comments Erik, Thank you. Exposure time etc now on.....
ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
18 Mar 2013 9:55PM
Thanks for the information, I've loaded a second Mod which has been cropped to cenralise the pier and I've taken out some spots on the bottom right which could be marks from the filter used or some dirt on your lens or sensor.

What ND filter did you use?

Erik Grin
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 8:02AM
A good try. A bit over exposed I think, needing more density. Not a fan of the creamy water thing, but this one is quie effective if a little strange in the foreground round the posts. It's the blurry bits that seem wrong to me. A black and white dot on the bottom right need cloning out.

Erik - I used a piece of welding glass as a ten stop filter which I'm please with the result for the price!

Thanks for your comments Paul - It was taken around 3pm - I will go back and re-shoot it at either end of the day at low light giving me a longer shutter speed to produce a milkier effect too.
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 10:20PM
great location and subject with a classic composition.

the ten stop effect is fine and the welding screen worked well but no matter how much the nd filter, the sky still needs holding back with nd grad filters as demonstrated here with the over exposed areas
in fact the sea also looks a little over exposed in parts.

when composing with graphic elements such as these, it helps if you can get really lower and get the rails to break the horizon into the sky zone which helps to link the foreground with the distance.

i think a trim off the base up to that first horizontal line would make the proportion of sea to sky more harmonious. certainly having a greater area of sky was right as the streaking is nice, shame it wasnt held back 3 stops or so.

its a nice arrangement and one to be proud of but i think if you have the raw id try and pull the highlights back a little
Thanks Phil... thanks for the comments - really appreciate all the tips - will try breaking the horizon, I have cropped to first line and brought back highlights and agree on your points!


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