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Fun Ride

By mikewatson
This photo was taken at Cardiff city centre recently. I saw the tower from a distance and thought that would be a good low light project. It was late afternoon around 15.45 and the light was obviously fading quite rapidly. I took various photos at different speeds with the same aperture and I think this was one of the best. The white circle are chairs rotating from the support cradle above in green.
I shot in raw as normal and had to do very little raw adjustments but then in Photoshop just adjusted the levels and curves slightly.
Comments and critique welcome as always.

Tags: General Humour and fun Sports and action

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
22 Dec 2012 5:16PM
Hi Mike I really love this shot you have captured all the movement and .. "The fun of the fair". However you have allowed your camera to tilt and the main upright is not vertical. I would suggest straightening the shot to make this vertical and in the final crop try and position the upright in the centre to lead the eye straight up.

I have found that shots like this can really take high saturation so why not boost the saturation to really make the colours glow (After all they are neon lights) and to add extra punch darken the sky with levels to increase the difference.

As I say this is a really great shot well exposed and composed. Grin

I have loaded a mod to demonstrate my suggestions

Eric Grin

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
22 Dec 2012 6:04PM
Hi Mike,

Nice lowlight capture, well done.

Mike you can make it "in ya face" a touch more with a couple of simple adjustments in PS (which you say you have). First make a copy then in your blend modes select "Overlay", this will make the lighter colours lighter and the darker colours darker, remeber you can always erase the effect from areas that you don't want to alter. You can also reduce the opacity but to show you the effect I left it at 100%. Next make another copy and go to "Filters" and select "Other" > "High Pass", High Pass acts as a sharpening tool so don't go overboard with it apply just enough so as not to get any haloing (remember you can always reduce the opacity) and again in your blend modes selct "Overlay"

These two adjustments are the only ones I made in the mod.

Take care
22 Dec 2012 6:47PM
Great night shot. The light is amazing.
Regards, Oleg
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 10:46PM
The effect is very good indeed. The tower part, however, should be fully sharp and it is a touch off. Don't know if you had a tripod but there looks to be camera movement as well as the interesting subject movement.

mikewatson 12 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2012 6:16PM
Thanks for all the comments, which are very helpful
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
23 Dec 2012 7:38PM
You really needed a tripod for this shot, and perhaps f/5.6 to pull it off. The moving lights works as you cant see the camera shake, but the static lights are very blurred, which lets it down. The mods ahve done a good job of trying to resolve that, but its too blurred to be fixed completely. Night shots are well worth the effort of bringing a light tripod along.


kazza12 5 2 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 3:51PM
very colourful image SmileSmileSmile

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