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Howth Harbour Lighthouse

By ade123
Howarth Harbour Lighthouse taken on my last visit to Ireland a while ago.

I hope everyone is keeping well.This is my first upload for quite some time as i have been extremely busy with work with this being my first break for a while.
Photography has had to take a backseat although its a nice complaint to be so busy i suppose.I did sneak in the odd hour every now and then but hopefully i can start to get out more often once the workload had settled down.

This image is my first try at this type of photography and i would be interested in
your views and advice.I have a few different images of the lighthouse and some others of Howth which i would like to share.
I hope you enjoy the image and look forward to your comments.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and look forward to catching up with everyone


Tags: Ireland Dublin Howth Landscape and travel

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
4 Jul 2015 9:10AM
A grand composition, Ade, and I love the touch of red Smile
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 9:21AM
Firstly Ade welcome back after your brief absence. Secondly although I am big fan of your work I feel that this image lets you down somewhat. Yes it has been very well composed and captured from a well chosen point of view ensuring that you capture the entire Lighthouse with good verticals and horizontals. However it is the post processing which I feel lets the image down. It appears to be somewhat flat and lack lustre, however the red door does provide a little lift to the image.

I would like to see the original image in order to compare and contrast.

Thanks Ade,

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
4 Jul 2015 9:29AM
Composition is absolutely fine for me but I do go along with Nathan's concerns.
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
4 Jul 2015 9:39AM
A well taken detailed Image Ade, welcome back....John
4 Jul 2015 9:39AM
Like the composition Ade, but the image is over exposed, aperture f11 is ok but why a +2/3 exposure compensation, most people would under expose slightly,
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 10:06AM
Many thanks for the comments

I have uploaded the untouched version apart from the crop from the right side.My big downfall is post processing
but i am here to learn and will keep going until i get things right.

Regards Ade
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
4 Jul 2015 10:14AM
I have posted a mod from the original, Ade, in which I enhanced black from the histogram, then made minor changes to shadows, brightness, highlights and contrast.
Hope you approve.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 11:01AM
Strange processing? The image is fine with good composition. A first class pictorial record. V2 is not bad at all. Just lift the contrast a touch abnd a slight sharpen.

V1 looks like a poor HDR. You have compressed the tonal range resulting in a flat pastel look which I find rather less than natural. I assume this was not intended. Back to an old chestnut on the site, RAW.

RAW is the best route if you master RAW processing. If you struggle with RAW, JPG is better. If I need backup quality, I shoot RAW + best JPG, then try and preocees the RAW to be better than the JPG. That way you learn how to RAW process.

4 Jul 2015 11:11AM
Much prefer the clarity in V1for me Ade.
It is good to have you back Ade and to see you trying something different. I think if this is only your first attempt at this type of image you haven't done such a bad job but I agree it is a little flat. It took me quite a while to master the art of buildings but do keep trying as the composition is lovely and with a few tweaks you could turn this into a masterpiece.
Carol Smile
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
4 Jul 2015 12:23PM
Hi and welcome backSmileSmile
Myself I quite like this,Smile
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
4 Jul 2015 3:08PM
Youre in my home town now Ade!

I hope you took pics of the other lighthouse on Howth Head, which is the much more photographed location.

The original is a good shot. The changes you did give it a totally different look, - which is maybe what you wanted. For me, the darks have been lifted a little too much, and the natural brights toned down, along with what could be a little too much sharpening.

The original does need a boost, its a little flat; it looks like the time of day had the Sun shining quite directly on the front of the house? But overall exposure is quite good.

The major tweaks I would do are with contrast on the building itself, contrast is fine in the sea, but can be better with the house, - due to the very direct sunlight. The house, in addition to a contrast boost, is also a little underexposed. I removed the gull and the two people, also, and increased saturation a little. Sharpening was applied, but a small amount.

The exif here shows f/11, but in the file I see its f/13? With the lens you have, I would imagine f/11 would be as small as you should go and f/13 might be a little less sharp/contrasty?

See what you think.


Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 5:28PM
No good asking me about critique Ade. Good to have you back my friend.
4 Jul 2015 5:41PM
Welcome back Ade, it is a good composition just a little flat , the others have already mentioned this,. You could do lots with the sky here too.

Its still a good first attempt at landscape.

Patty Smile
Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2015 5:48PM
I agree about the poor HDR treatment. It lowers the natural contrast and seems to add texture where there is none.
Nobody has mentioned the fact that it looks slightly off-vertical. The horizon appears to slope slightly (I know there is land there to affect the visual impression) and whilst nothing appears properly true due to the angles of all the surfaces, I appreciate the door and window frames are fine. I think it's due to looking slightly upwards with such a wide lens, but a tiny rotation makes it looks better.

I also think it better if the lighthouse leans slightly towards the sea rather than away from it, without exaggerating the tilt too much.
One other thing that would have improved this massively, would be to shoot it later in the day. The shadows and exif show it was not long after midday. By waiting till after 4-5 pm, the sun will move round and be much lower, which would then show much more modelling on the round tower, and bring out the brickwork detail much more. You would not need any artificial texture adding, and it would all look much more 3-dimensional.

4 Jul 2015 9:24PM

Quote:No good asking me about critique Ade. Good to have you back my friend.

Ditto Ade. Great to see you back. It's what I love about this site that people are always willing to share their knowledge. Great to try something different. Cathy
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2015 2:12PM
Great composition and excellent image, i am not advanced enough to comment on the finer details but it is very interesting reading snd learning from the comments
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
5 Jul 2015 2:35PM
As others have said, the HDR processing is the weak spot.

It's a great technique for handling very high contrast scenes, but there's a real fashion for using it to the max, on everything, and it often lets the tog down. It's not being a novice, as there are portfolios on here mainly spoiled by too much HDR.

The basic scene, in V2, is beautifully caught: fine range of tones (the only loss is in the rocks, where ACR says there's a tad of blocking), and a really nice and workmanlike composition.

Good use of a very wide lens.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2015 3:52PM
I'm late back to this one Ade but I have been giving it thought. I bow to the 'experts' and agree that the HDR treatment you gave it just didn't bring out the best in the image. It has a subject and great composition so very worth working on and that's what I have done. See my mods for ideas.
Great image, Ade & welcome back. Great critique here from other experts.
Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2015 7:36PM
Hi Ade...I wondered where you had gone to.
I have done a mod just because I couldnt resist...I love the composition and colours. Everyone else has already said so much so I will keep it short.
In my mod I straightened very slightly, added a slight bit of warmth to the temperature. Fiddles with the Saturation and luminence of the colours, particulary the yellow ( I added more, but upped the luminence) and orange ( added more, but removed some luminance) which gave the stone work more contrast and warmth. I did a few other bits of slight changes but I added more clarity too.
I did this in Lightroom 6.
Hope you like it. Hope what I have said makes senseTongue
Two beautiful coloured images with great detail, excellent work Ade, great photography, SmileSmileSmileSmile

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