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Death of a boat

By SueEley
Taken today at Purton Gloucestershire with a lens baby zone plate on a Nikon D300. Processed in Photoshop with Topaz b&w and Photoshop native settings. I am rather excited about this and the others in the set. This one seems very emotional to me, and the grass seems like water in this shot, suggesting sinking of the ship, though actually it is decaying into the soil. I'll probably feel differently tomorrow, but today I love this. Nevertheless, I would like to hear what you all think is wrong with it!

Tags: Boats Decay Black and white Experimental Zone plate Boats graveyard

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
19 Apr 2012 8:02PM
I really like it. Fooled me, I thought you had waves that you had done some manipulation with.

I feel that thin border of sky at the top is a little niggle for me, - not really an option to crop it, but making it larger might work, - gives is a better composition, - see mod.


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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
19 Apr 2012 8:52PM
Nothing wrong with it. It's a style, one I've not seen quite like this so great, I love to see new things.
Maybe the back of the boat and the horizon sort of meld into each other a bit, but that's about all.
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
19 Apr 2012 8:59PM
Like the idea about expanding the sky - this solves a problem with keeping the size consistent across a set, too. Thanks, both! Sue
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
19 Apr 2012 9:10PM
A lovely effect & detail Sue...I really like this.
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
19 Apr 2012 9:57PM
I can see why you are excited about this - terrific emotional impact: wild, tragic, powerful, real. The expanded sky really does add to an already superb image.

Bruce (now this is one you should have allowed voting on Wink ) 9.5/10 (10/10 with the expanded sky!)
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 7:56AM
Impressive use of the lens baby.

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 8:10AM
I have to be different I fear. Not my kind of thing - don't really have an arty appreciation. Comes from years of industrial photography where you were very unpopular if things weren't sharp.

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
20 Apr 2012 9:39AM
Thanks for the comments. I understand where Paul and Frank are coming from. Sometimes I look at images and think, 'Yeah, technically great' but somewhere inside there's a little 'So what'. But I do come from an art background! Technically great is a pretty objective measure and aesthetically pleasing is far more subjective. I must say, I was quite surprised (and very happy) at how well the zone plate did on this subject.
27 Apr 2012 2:22PM
i like it, maybe a lasso on the boat to sharpen a tad to bring out wood detail and a bit more contrast, other than that, i like it and the mood Smile

You could try the dodge and burn tools, at about 7% to lighten/darken midtones, give you more control than selecting area with lasso.

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