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Evening Light

By James_C
Many thanks for all your recent support and comments. I went down to Bosham Quay (a short walk from home) a couple of nights ago and took some shots of what turned out to be a rather dull sunset. Not to be out done I have spent some time playing and produced my own. I would be very interested to know what you think of my efforts - good or bad let me know so I can learn.

Thanks for looking. I hope you like it.


Tags: General Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: VIKI, andylea, gorhug and 29 more

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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
26 Aug 2009 12:08PM
It would be interesting to see the before shot. This is an attractive image, and hard to guess it was manipulated, which is a good thing.

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James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 12:16PM
Thanks Joline. Unfortunately I forgot to take a copy of the original before starting to manipulate in PS 4.0LE and consequently no longer have it. However I intend to upload a landscape view of the same scene next and I haven't lost the original of that so will post it as a version with that one.

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 1:18PM
A really lovely picture.
26 Aug 2009 2:21PM
Great work, James.
I like tones, composition and light.
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 4:03PM
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 4:06PM
Thanks Lucien, Igor and Kaleena for your kind comments. They are much appreciated.

James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 4:08PM
Further to my earlier comment about loosing the original Sad - I have found a backup copy, which I have now posted Smile

26 Aug 2009 5:50PM
V1 is a beautiful and atmospheric composition though I do feel the foreground is perhaps a little dark?
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 5:56PM
I did wonder about that David, but opted to leave it in as I felt that it helped give depth to the scene. If you look at what information was available in the original - v2 - I didn't have much to play with.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
26 Aug 2009 6:49PM
Thanks for uploading the original. It is so much easier to critique if one can see the difference. I think your color shift really helped this. As to the dark foreground, it doesn't bother me, in fact I think it adds depth to it. If you did want to try to lighten it, you could select just that area using magic wand or lasso, and then try either a curves adjustment or histogram adjustment just on the dark areas. I'm afraid if you did it on the entire photo, it would wash out the sky too much. It is already quite light in the midground. Your light looks quite natural, and the framing helps also. Nice job!
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 7:02PM
Thank you very much Joline. Your comments are always so helpful.

danbrann Plus
13 636 17
26 Aug 2009 7:15PM
Much improved. It really does look good.
27 Aug 2009 6:18AM
Lovely rich tones in the processed image James, I also like the pastel colour/light in the original, very well finished work, Adrian
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 8:19AM
Like both equally
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 8:24AM
Many thanks Danny, Adrian and Barbara - your comments are greatly appreciated. It is interesting the some of you like the raw original - I hadn't expected that.

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 8:31AM
both very nice work but I love the bronze tones of v1, nice work

James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 8:37AM
Thank you Linda.

27 Aug 2009 9:37AM
beautiful lighting.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 3:40PM
It is a lovely composition, you have done really well with this!
x Carol x
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 7:56PM
The enhanced colours really add something to the shot. Tend to agree with Joline that it might benefit from some selective lightening, esp in the foreground where the shadows are a bit blocked. An alternative to Joline's advice would be to create a 50% grey fill layer and select overlay as the blending mode. With the f/g colour set to white, with a soft edge brush set to 5% opacity paint over the dark areas to lighten them. Hope this helps. Thanks for the comments on my p/f by the way.
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 8:13PM
Many thanks Somnath and Carol for your kind comments.

Thank you very much David for your comments and advice. I shall have to shut myself away for a couple of hours and experiment with your suggestion on this and a couple of other shots that I am thinking of posting. If I get it right I shall post and credit you with the advice.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
28 Aug 2009 3:22PM
Not qualified to offer critique but can appreciate the time and effort required here to produce such a lovely improvement from the original, some useful comments here too,
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Sep 2009 1:50PM
I am learning from reading the comments here-- have a couple of images I would like to lighten--A splendid manipulation--lotta hard thinking here!
16 Feb 2010 11:30AM
Nice job James, I would never have guessed.

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