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Breakwater #

By tripodted
Taken last summer at Ballyholme beach. I dropped the exposure slightly to remove some burnt out detail in the sky in the RAW converter in PS CS. Then I adjusted the levels in the sky with levels and curves. I also used the shadow/highlight filter to slightly brighten the foreground. I then give the image a slight saturation boost.
Exposure was 6.00 @ f22 22mm

Tags: Seascape Sunrise Northern ireland Co down Bangor Landscape and travel

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3 Oct 2006 3:20PM
Wonderful Shot

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Kim Walton Plus
12 145 30 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2006 3:21PM
Nothing much you can do to improve this.
I like to try and bleed a black border into the dark foreground to almost give a seemless transition,but as always borders are personal taste.
chrisco 10 59 3 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2006 3:34PM
Lovely image.Nice lead-in to a nice sky,good shot.
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
3 Oct 2006 6:16PM
Cant see much wrong with this Edward great image
Brian......
georg Plus
11 4 South Africa
3 Oct 2006 6:42PM
like the soft light. the effect of the jetty dissapearing into the sea is very effective.
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2006 6:53PM
Perfect in my humble opinion.

Jeanie
biggus 11 6 England
3 Oct 2006 7:42PM
I find this has a very restful feel to it. Just one minor comment - I think the small section of shoreline in the mid/top left hand side distracts from the overall image.
culturedcanvas 10 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2006 8:48PM
Ted

On the surface this looks a really great image .. however if you delve a little deeper there is a lot of noise in the shadows of the posts.

That has come about because the file has been pushed too far and over processed in photoshop, or at the RAW conversion stage.

The composition is spot on though and this certainly would benefit from reworking from the original file .. was this shot in RAW?

If not and you need to save this photo then it would be best to select the posts section using the magic wand tool, feather it slightly and then create anew layer using brightness and darken the layer down .. i would then apply a little noise reduction before tweaking the sharpening (if working from an unsharpened original)

If you need any more info from me drop me a line.

Dan
CaroleA 9 5 3 England
3 Oct 2006 9:10PM
I agree with the comments about the colour boost on the mods. Also like the cropped version with the narrow border - I think it works well. But having said all that I think it's a strong photo without any changes: after all, I clicked in on the strength of it without initially realising it was a photo specifically asking for critique.
tripodted 10 31 1 Northern Ireland
4 Oct 2006 12:12AM
Thanks to everyone who commented on my upload. I must have a go at trying out some of your advice Dan. Also thanks to everyone for uploading all the modified versions. This is the first time I have tried using the critique option and I am very pleased with all the advice I have recieved.
Ted
tonymarq 10 1 United States
5 Oct 2006 11:53PM
Ed love the tone and detail of this plus the depth really pushes it perfectly!

stay well
tonymarq
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
6 Oct 2006 5:27PM
Not much to add, but I will agree that the distant shoreline on the left side might be distracting. I had not noticed it until I read the comments, but now I'm thinking that the image would be better off without it. But this is quite good.

Patrick
7 Oct 2006 1:51PM
Classic! Love it to be hanging on my wall!
Tc
Hawkgenes 11 10 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2006 2:48PM
Its very difficult to be critical of this one. The lighting is great and the way the eye is led into the picture gives it great impact and depth. I suppose a little more cloud information in the left of the sky would help, but that's largely beyond our control

Hawk
dp 11 163 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2006 10:09PM
I dont mind the top left Ted. I think the colour and feel is really nice. The only thing I would be tempted to do is clone out those round marks in the water right hand side of the posts. They stop the eye travelling smothly up the right hand side.

Good one though, get it printed!

Dave
highlander 12 32 Scotland
9 Oct 2006 5:38PM
Well Edward it is easier to find poitive aspects of your scene rather than negative...the blends of the reds and blues have good impact and the composition using the break water timbers diagonally divides your scene beautifully...perhaps I would have been inclined to raise my tripod slighly to capture more of the twilight reflection, but thats really unimportant to a scene of this standard.
Doug.
tripodted 10 31 1 Northern Ireland
9 Oct 2006 10:10PM
Thanks again to one and all.
Ted

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