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Flamborough Head Lighthouse

By St_Fuagowi
Taken on a cold, windy day, but as I'm fascinated by clouds, I loved this complex sky and couldn't miss the chance to frame it with the lighthouse. It's a cloud picture first and lighthouse second...

Tags: Lighthouse Flamborough Landscape and travel East yorkshire coast

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1599 England
22 Apr 2017 3:04PM
I get the idea - I find clouds a source of pleasure and camera-grabbing, too!

A couple of technical issues here, though. Why 640 ISO, and a stratospheric shutter speed? Why centre-weighted metering rather than matrix? And did you shoot RAW (which would make getting good highlight and shadow detail easier, by a long way)?

I don't mean that you ought to have detail in the forwground: that's fine. But a slight increase in exposure and holding back highlights in Adobe Camera Raw makes the tones in the sky more appealing, I think.

This is a wideangle shot, so we should expect some leaning verticals. However, the lighthouse is quite close to the centre, and is leaning quite a lot. My mod rotates the picture just one degree clockwise, but I think it makes it look far more stable.

What do you reckon?

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2166 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2017 6:20PM
I wonder if the ISO setting was left over from a previous shoot? I found myself doing this today, and realised very quickly when I saw that the shutter speed was ridiculously fast. That should ring alarm bells!

Second thought - clouds are wonderful subject so long as the image has a strong baseline to hold it down, and you have that here. But what cloud images don't necessarily need is the inclusion of the sun in the frame. That adds so many problems exposure-wise, as well as increasing the risk of lens flare (which has occurred here).

Try composing to keep the sun out of the frame. That way people look at what it does.

I'll go and try a tighter crop and a bit of tweaking.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
22 Apr 2017 6:36PM
If your main subject is the sky and clouds, meter for that, which would mean a reduces exposure.

If you want both, use bracketed exposure and combine in post processing.

Mod loaded that contains the colour of the usual red/yellow sun.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 8:05AM
The idea is good and I know the spot well. For me, the sky is, almost always, a background and needs a subject regardless of how strong it looks. You have a subject here, but I would have got a bit closer with the lighthouse then a bit bigger in frame.

The sky is under exposed a bit giving it that flat effect, so it looses contrast and vibrancy. I would crop the top third where the clouds are sparse giving a much wider frame.

Robert51 11 7 96 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2017 9:08AM
I can understand fully what you where after. The problem being two things fight for the subject of the image, is it the lighthouse or the sky. Also the exposure for both is very different. This can be overcome by taking two shot as Willie has suggested or you have to post process the image.

The mod I didn't want to change just work what is there.

Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2017 7:47PM
I also think I see what you were after. For me, the extra buildings are a bit of clutter, and if possible I would have got closer and wider, and concentrated on the lighthouse only. Not sure of the timing or wind direction, but I feel a shot with the clouds more over the lighthouse would have had more drama. Either that, or use a slightly longer focal length from where you were and exclude the sun altogether. It's caused some ugly flare and further flattened the contrast.
You have got a decent silhouette, and I guess you wanted that, rather than light and detail in the buildings, but the sky could do with a little more exposure to lose the slightly muddy tones.

There is a picture in there somewhere, and I guess timing and the changing conditions dictated your actions, but I wonder what the sky looked like 5 mins, 10 mins, 30 mins later? Even after the sun set?


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