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Bailey Lighthouse

By markst33    
Got up at 5.40am yesterday and drove out to Howth here in Dublin to get a (hopefully) wonderful sunrise of the Bailey Lighthouse. I have to climb high walls, trespass on Govt property and skirt cliffs and climb wet slippery embankments to position myself for this view.

Unfortunately due to typical Irish skies with flat grey clouds the sun nor its colours never put in an appearance. So I ran this image through some Nik software (Bleach Bypass) and came up with something I liked which had a bit of "punch" to it.

First time using the little stopper too. really like the effect in the sea

Tags: Landscape Bailey Cliffs Lighthouse Sea Ireland Dublin Howth Landscape and travel

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
9 Mar 2015 2:15PM
I'm not great at critiquing. I like the pov here. I do think it needs a little rotation to the right. Also, I see some halo around the lighthouse and the rock. But still a very nice shot.
iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 2:55PM
Interesting image. In my view it is a well composed photo. The sea horizon is maybe not exactly level but hardly detracts from the scene.
Your efforts to capture this image have paid off. I have only viewed this lighthouse from the sea and am a bit surprised by the 'block of flats' on the landward side.
I quite like the processing finish you applied, some will some won't i guess.
I would be interested to see just grey tones, BW. I will try a mod.
Good one
iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 3:02PM
I've done a mod (click on modifications above).
Straightened horizon and converted to BW.
With this excellent composition there are lots of BW conversions that would be interesting. This is just an idea offered as a suggestion for an alternative.
I do like your look,
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
9 Mar 2015 3:10PM
Bleaching is a matter of personal taste, - I would like to see the original before processing if you have it?

A place thats very familiar to me, and you did take some chances getting down there, it can be very slippery.

The composition is nice. It does need approx 0.5 degree CW rotation, and also a lens correction to keep the lighthouse strait, - its leaning outwards, which gets worse when the sea is level.

Cant tell why there are halos, - they are obvious, - usually sharpening, or perhaps you did some brushwork around the light to alter light/dark, - it can be a little tidier.

The sea has turned out quite well with the long exppsure.

A couple of mods, one with straightening, cleaner edges, and the second is a filmstock effect.


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 3:44PM
This is very effective despite several technical issues. A bit more experience and those should go away. The one I see straight off is the darker areas roubdvthe lighthouse.

I'm not a landscape photographer, so your treatment actually adds some interest over and above the straight pictorial record

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
9 Mar 2015 8:24PM
It's a pity the sun never showed, but that's the nature of the beast!

This does have a cold look, but in keeping with the subject.

Given you got there early, it would have been good to try a pre-sunrise shot, that was darker and moodier and where the light would be more prominent. I'll try a mod to give an idea of what I envisage it may look like.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
10 Mar 2015 6:08PM
A part of being a photographer in moderate climates is dealing with the weather... If you just give up when it's not sunny, you'll not take many pictures! So first off, well done for getting up and going to take the pictures!

My hero in landscapes is a tutor called Dave Butcher - undeterred even by greyness and drizzle. There are always pictures to take - they're just not the ones you first thought of! Rain on rock is attractive...

Daisymaye has identified some processing artifacts - a downside of quite a few of the Nik effects (maybe that's why they call them 'Efex' - the unintended consequences! Many of the parts of Nik processing can be fine-tuned, so it may be possible to get the effect without haloes and stuff.)

There are a lot of possibilities with this shot, so I hope you 'worked' the scene before packing up and going home - different lenses and viewpoints, even different exposures.

Really good work. I shall do a cropped mod, bringing a tighter focus on the lighthouse itself.

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