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Force 7

By WeeGeordieLass
Got a bit damp shooting this one. High tide on a windy day in Blackpool. I zoomed in close on the legs under South Pier as I wanted to freeze the waves crashing in.

I thought this scene would be suited to black and white.

I used the dodge tool to lighten up the foreground slightly and also to bring out the detail in the foreground steel structures.

I'd be grateful for any advice on how I could improve this shot.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

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Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 3:36PM
Interesting image. I like the water movement and the metal in sillouette. Nothing I would change here. IB

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Thanks Isabel, I'm glad you like the image.....maybe it was worth getting a soaking for - lol.


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 8:18PM
Potentially a strong image. This time I would not have dodged the foreground - I would have left them as black as possible and burnt in the sea to add detail.

Thanks for your advice Paul. I'll have a go at this alternative treatment.


Uploaded a Mod where I tried burning in the sea. Not sure if I've got it right though - tried to be subtle with it. Would love to know what you think.


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 11:09PM
For me your mod is better. The original looked a bit flat because of your dodging, but the mod has the impact of the black steelwork and the burning in has added detail to the white water.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 12:45AM
It was certainly worth getting wet for, Elaine, and I feel that you achieved your goal, but the pier would look better in silhouette. I have done a modification where I used perspective correction to straighten the lines, which resulted in a bit of a crop, but I also took some extra off the left side, where there was less of interest. I then adjusted shadows, highlights and levels to darken the pier structures, add a bit more contrast to the mono, and to bring some more detail into the water and waves. I also sharpened the image to bring out the water splashes.
Hello Everyone,

Paul - Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with this shot. It will help me in the future to know how this type of image can be improved upon.

Pamelajean - You've made the scene come alive with your improvements. I love your mod. Thanks for detailing your methods - I'm hoping to emulate what you have done.

Frank - Yes I agree about the 'f' stop. I had the camera set to 1/500 sec on shutter priority, and the camera chose the 'f' stop. I wasn't sure if a lower shutter speed would freeze the crashing waves. I guess what I should have done was take a few bracketed shots. I need to clue myself up on using the manual mode also - I think I've been too reliant on letting the camera choose the settings!

I'm glad you like seaside shots - I have the perfect "studio" on my doorstep - all I need now is the time to explore it through my lens.

Thanks everyone for your invaluable help. I'm going to take all of your advice on board.



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