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Captain Cook's View

By LeighRebecca  
More from the other evening at Captain Cook's monument looking out towards Teesside. I'll post a few variations. The conditions were great, and these were the best compositions I could manage up there, but Im not satsfied with the final results for some reason. If anyone can offer advice re processing etc it would be much appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Sunset View Frost Captain cooks monument Landscape and travel

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Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
5 Jan 2009 6:35PM
all brilliant Smile

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5 Jan 2009 6:36PM
Nice pics form captain cooks. V1 my fav.
Regards mrfields
jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
5 Jan 2009 6:36PM
Very nice, really like V4.
G73photography 10 417 15 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 6:41PM
i prefer v3 as i like the glow and its a little brighter than v1, also theres more FG interest in v3 than v1. not sure if the snow in v1 looks a little blue compared to v2, unless its my monitor, v4 is nice too, but i think that sort of image works best in portrait format, G
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Jan 2009 6:51PM
Thanks everyone, and for that feedback, 'G'. I think the most disappointing thing is that I printed them out at A4 and they just look a bit washed out and 'nothingy', whereas the tree pics I posted yesterday look good. Not sure why. I use a canon ip4500 and I seem to need to boost saturation to print anywhere near the colours I see on screen.
G73photography 10 417 15 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 6:58PM
you may need to mess about wiith the colour profiles for your printer to print what you see, i have that problem when printing but mines dark instead, but i adjust the gamma a little, but it also depends what media youre printing onto (gloss/matte) etc, a colour munki will calibrate it but its a bit on the expensive side, G
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
5 Jan 2009 7:14PM
V3 for me first too, nice selection though!!!
Scott_Scot 11 4 4 Scotland
5 Jan 2009 7:15PM
All nice but v3 is a bi8t special! Smile

User_Removed 10 19 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 7:17PM
lovely landscape. prefer version 3. I have a similar problem and mine's dark so i have to brighten it up at times if printing at home.
v3 for me
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Jan 2009 7:57PM
Thanks for the clicks, comments and advice.
ripleysalien 9 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 8:08PM
Hiya Leigh, I have the same printer, what paper are you putting through?, Im using whats left of the Patterson i got at Focus last year, and TBH I find the cheapo stuff they sell in Comet some of the best I have put through the printer, that or the heavy HP one, Epson papers I find dont print at all well in the Canon and I can never find the Canon paper.

4 For me
5 Jan 2009 8:12PM
I'd go for the V3.

sospan 9 12 Wales
5 Jan 2009 8:15PM
A great series, V 1 for me.

5 Jan 2009 8:33PM
superb series of shots, like v1 most but all excellent

LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Jan 2009 8:34PM
Hi Steve, I'm using ilford galerie classic pearl and I love the paper, I just don't like the fact that printing generally seems a bit unpredictable and can occasionally disappoint when the screen suggests it will be ok. Then again, other times things seem much more predictable, I guess I'll just learn the type of colours that don't 'work' so well. I should also print smaller proofs I think, as once I've printed an A4, I don't feel like printing a few more til I get the look I want!

ps Thanks to everyone.
ripleysalien 9 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 8:59PM
I used Ilford as standard in the wet darkroom days, but the way I run prints off at home sometimes i cant afford to, cut a sheet of A4 into 4 and do some tests, i have a couple of settings i saved for different things, my printer was basicly dark, it needed to be taken out of auto and have a tweek of lighter control, its very easy once you do take control to save settings, just remember to save BEFORE you print as its apain if you get a great print and cant remember what you changed, good luck, any probs gis a shout.
GOOD SHOT. Good series of well captured shots, like all of them, well done Leigh.
Regards Steve.
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 9:20PM
What a fabulous set of images.. All are superb.

LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Jan 2009 9:35PM
Thanks Steve R and Jeanie. Steve, I just tweaked contrast on the shot (v3 I think), tweaked up brightness a touch. then boosted saturation a little, until the shot looked stupidly garish on my monitor, I've printed that - (can't resist a full A4 each time!) and it looks much more like the vibrant colours of the evening. I just can't stand the look of it on my monitor! I don't know what you mean by taking the printer out of auto etc I'm afraid, so until I learn more (print related things tend to make my head hurt) I'll have to settle for that. The problem is the reds then tend to be way ott when I send files to RGB.
phil99 9 45 6 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 10:52PM
Lovely images .Ver 1. wins for me. Advice . Save up for Epson 2880 or the cheaper 1900 . Both A3 printers and both print superb images if you use Epson papers and inks. P.s I don't work for Epson...Phil
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Jan 2009 11:00PM
Thanks, Phil. I have been monitoring the price of that for ages. Maybe I'll take the plunge sometime...
Ian-Munro 8 200 15 Wales
6 Jan 2009 10:53AM
Like these images. V1 pips it for me, but good work with all of them.

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
6 Jan 2009 11:43AM
Another super colourful set, Leigh. Can't decide between V2, V3 or V4 so they all get my vote!
TrevB Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
6 Jan 2009 12:01PM
P.S. Having looked at your profile, Leigh, I noticed you had a website, and having just visited it, am very impressed with how professional it looks, and also enjoyed the beautiful images on there.
TrevB Smile
ashley 12 167 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2009 5:54PM

I think the most disappointing thing is that I printed them out at A4 and they just look a bit washed out and 'nothingy', whereas the tree pics I posted yesterday look good. Not sure why.

hi Leigh

looking at the tree photos from yesterday & the shots from today

to me there is a difference in the light,colours & contrast in the tree shots especially in the sky, more clarity, not such a big difference in the foregrounds. so i can see why the tree shots would print out a lot better looking.

is it mainly the sky your not happy with in todays shots

they do look a littl hazy/washed out in the sky area, not as vibrant/contrasty as the foreground.

hope this helps, V3 just pips the others

LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
6 Jan 2009 8:14PM
That's it Ash. Thanks. I think because it's stunning when you're there looking at it, you think it ought to have the same impact in the image. It's not quite that simple, of course, is it, or we'd all be able to produce amazing images whenever the conditions are right, and we all know that simply isn't the case...

Trev, thankyou so much for your encouragement. I saw your kind message on my website too, thanks.
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
7 Jan 2009 10:24AM
Great set

dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2009 12:05PM
Beautiful colours and contrasts Leigh. The warmth of the sun and the cold of the frost. Wonderful images as always. I love your smiley new photo too..isn't it strange, I had no idea that you looked like that, I had a different picture in my head totally ! Smile
Happy new Year.
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
8 Jan 2009 2:26PM
Thanks and HNY to you, too, Dianah. I bet that happens all the time online - people creating a mental image of others that is completely different to reality. Maybe that's the beauty of being online, and now I've gone and shattered the illusion! :-(
Thanks, Stace
Mikelane 9 1 Wales
8 Jan 2009 3:29PM
These are all excellent images but V3 for me stunning glow really excellently captured regards

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