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HUMBER IN A HUFF

By Tish1    
Many, many thanks for your kind and affiliated response to my previous upload 'I was Bored'. In the end I quite enjoyed myself and it is good to know that I am not in a membership of one.

Today, I went to Sunny Scunny [Scunthorpe] and it's true what they say about the place; to collect my new car or rather newish. My fellow student, Martyn, who you met a few weeks ago, volunteered to come with me. He is the reason I changed my car because he kept complaining that my beloved 'Little Jimny' was too small, so I am going to send him the bill GrinGrinGrin.

Since we were in the vacinity, we decided to have a go at photographing The Humber Bridge. Having never previously been over the Humber Bridge I went over it twice today, unintentionally I hasten to add. My intention was to photograph it from the Scunny side of the water, but before I knew it I was zooming towards the toll gates with no get out of jail free card, talk about a captive audience; so we photographed from the other side. I suppose I could have flipped the image to spare my blushes Blush

I have to say the conditions were less than ideal, but, since I had made the effort I wasn't going to waste it.

Eventually got home and uploaded my Humber images and they were as I feared, less than spectacular.

So, I opened the bottle of wine presented to me with my new[ish] car, Yes Herman, it is a South African Red. As I sat pondering what to do with my less than spectacular images, I took several sips of wine, which is going down rather well. I only get three glasses to the bottle and I am currently almost at the bottom of my second glass.

In my new editing software, as is mandatory when shooting in Raw, slid the slider this way, no, didn't like that, so had a nother sip, well it was more of a gulp really, I needed inspiration, although it could have been signs of desperation.

So I did this and that and un did it all, and did something else, took another gulp, undid it all. Poured another glass, promising myself I would definitely sip this glass. Did a bit of this and another bit of that and all the time I was doing it in 'Layers', haven't got a clue what I am doing in 'Layers' but I figured it sounded professionall so I plodded on and eventually came up with this............... All things considered, it's not too bad; I think it gives it a bit more body and charactor and it does bring out what was there to start with. I have not used any gimmicks, only because I don't know how and on the rare ocassion when I did use a bit of gimickary, it has always been serrundipitous.

The down side being that I actually bracketed all my images today with the intention of merging, or what ever it is you do with bracketed images and I have a book with detailed notes that worked the first time I tried it, but today, well, it just wasn't having any of it so, as the old adage goes, Necessity is the Mother of Invention.

............. And, you will be pleased to know, just to ensure that you are definitely in a suicidal mood, I have plenty more to go at, images of the Humber Bridge that is, not wine, speaking of which, I really must pour myself another glass.

Please enjoy, I certainly am Wink and if you want to join in with my celebrations, just pop a cork and off you go.

Beste wishes

Tish

Tags: General Yorkshire Architecture Humber bridge Landscape and travel East riding Liconshire

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Comments


chensuriashi Plus
13 314 18 England
22 Oct 2014 11:18PM
Tish...This is not a good upload for us serious Togs, there is no detail
on the bridge, at all, and a bit, of a lot to say, for not a good shot. Dont post when you have been drinking... and try to get the best shots that you take, shown off here.

You are on my favs list so please improve.... Chen.

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gajewski 14 10 9 United States
22 Oct 2014 11:39PM
OK -- the African Red really paid off. And to think I was using Photoshop all this time to process my RAW images. :-(

I like this shot and I love your commentary: "All things considered, it's not too bad; I think it gives it a bit more body and character and it does bring out what was there to start with." I think I heard this at a California winery.

-=\Walter
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4021 Canada
23 Oct 2014 12:36AM
It might be that you have all this backwards. You drink the wine after you take the photo; so maybe drink wine first, then shoot?

The die was cast at the instant you pressed that shutter; the anticipation of the fine SA Red simply was too much. You were tricked into ignoring the BIG SKY rule.

Thats the one that warns that bad things will happen if you point the camera at the sky, and use a negative exposure compensation; furthermore, it cautions that the good and proper way to instruct the camera how to deal with these situation s to use positive exposure compensation, or no compensation, but never, ever, negative compensation.

The mod simply has exposure adjusted by +2.5. Thats it. I need to go for a drive with you. That Martyn fella is a bad influence.


You are welcome.


Willie
23 Oct 2014 2:29AM
I love your narrative Tish, had me giggling as I read it. Great image of the clouds, which clearly is what you exposed for. I have no idea where this bridge is, but it is a dramatic image. I am sure the SA Red did not hurt.

Peter
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
23 Oct 2014 4:35AM
I am glad that you received a complimentary bottle of SA red with your car Tish - they obviously has good taste there Smile I like the ominous looking clouds over the bridge Smile
marktc Plus
8 101 15 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 6:03AM
Hello Tish, I can see what you've done and your narrative explains why this image is exposed for the sky. I'm not sure what software you are using to blend your bracketed images but drop me a line and I'll see if I can offer some CONSTRUCTIVE advice. Chen's comment is uncalled for. This site is for people of all abilities and for people to learn from, and thus improve. I'm connected to your pf and I enjoy your images!
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 7:24AM
I wholeheartedly agree with marketc's comment. Chen's comment is entirely out of order. You didn't put this image up for a critique, and I doubt if you put it up for the entertainment and approval of self appointed "serious togs."

There is always more than one image in a shot and while I see what Banehawi is trying to do, I love the moodiness of yours and the way that it fits with the fact that the drivers all have their headlights on. HUMBER IN A HUFF is a great title for this grim weather shot. Well done you.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 7:38AM
Chen is far too serious.....I actually like your image
And great laugh with your write up
Keep on being you....with your images.....as is
PaulMillar 8 83 2 Scotland
23 Oct 2014 7:56AM
Tish, like the stark contrast of the structure against the grey sky....nice.

Paul.
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 159 16 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 9:03AM
Tish had to laugh at your narrative, Willie's mod for meSmile

Cliff
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
23 Oct 2014 9:54AM
your description reminds me of this joke:
SStep 1: Buy a turkey.
Step 2: Have glass of wine.
Step 3: Stuff turkey.
Step 4: Have glass of wine.
Step 5: Put Turkey in oven.
Step 6: Relax, and have another few glasses of wine.
Step 7: Turk the bastey.
Step 8: Wine of glass another get.
Step 9: Ponder the meat thermometer.
Step 10: Glass yourself another pour of wine.
Step 11: Bake the wine for 4 hours.
Step 12: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 13: Floor the turkey up off the pick.
Step 14: Turk the carvey.
Step 15: Get yourself another wattle of bine.
Step 16: Tet sable, pour yourself another glass of turkey.
Step 17: Say grace, throw-up, and pass out.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
23 Oct 2014 9:56AM
Here is my serious comment ( Chan, this is NOT on Sad )
If you got a pic like that, open LR.
raise exposure +1
lift shadows +50
enhance clarity till you like it.
I'd turn down saturation or make a mono of it. Also easy in LR, use red filter, you can get very dramatic silhouettes and clouds.
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
23 Oct 2014 10:59AM
I have to agree with as said above, Chan's derogatory remarks are not called for at all.
Not an easy subject to get detail in the bridge and foreground without losing detail in that dark, moody sky. I don't usually do mods on other members' uploads, but felt this was a bit of a challenge! So, I've added my humble effort…
I took your original Jpeg and opened it in Adobe Camera Raw (yes, you can, it doesn't have to be a Raw file!).
I set the exposure at 1 stop under, opened in the Elements editor and saved it. I repeated this at 1 stop over, then at 2 stops over, saving each one so I ended up with 4 images (including the original).
In my Photomatix I selected Load Bracketed Photos and blended all 4 images, to finish up with 1 image. This brought out detail in the bridge and foreground without sacrificing the detail in the sky. Returning to the Elements editor, I tweaked it a little more, using Dodge & Burn to reduce burnt out highlights in the sky and to darken the darker areas.
Hope this does it justice, Tish! Smile
Tish1 Plus
6 32 5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 11:04AM

Quote:I have to agree with as said above, Chan's derogatory remarks are not called for at all.
Not an easy subject to get detail in the bridge and foreground without losing detail in that dark, moody sky. I don't usually do mods on other members upload, but felt this was a bit of a challenge! So, I've added my humble effort…
I took your original Jpeg and opened it in Adobe Camera Raw (yes, you can, it doesn't have to be a Raw file!).
I set the exposure at 1 stop under, open in the Elements editor and saved it. I repeated this at 1 stop over, then at 2 stops over, saving each one so I ended up with 5 images (including the original).
In my Photomatix I selected Load Bracketed Photos and blended all 5 images, to finish up with 1 image. This brought out detail in the bridge and foreground without sacrificing the detail in the sky. Returning to the Elements editor, I tweaked it a little more, using Dodge & Burn to reduce burnt out highlights in the sky and to darken the darker areas.
Hope this does it justice, Tish! Smile



It definitely does it justice Trev, thank you so much, that was a lot of effort you went to and the end result is magic.

Tish
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
23 Oct 2014 11:18AM
So glad you like it Tish! SmileSmile I did correct my comments as it should have read 'I ended up with 4 images' (not 5) but your quote beat me to it! Wink
Trev Smile
23 Oct 2014 11:51AM
I agree with many others about Chen's comment and it being out of order!
I do agree with the excellent advice and mods that have been posted!
I really enjoyed reading your write up - made me smile, Tish!!
I do like your image!Smile

RichardSmileSmileSmile
23 Oct 2014 3:00PM
I just love ya Tish. Braver than me, you have a go at photographing anything and everything, it's a constant learning curve and I have to say most people on here on amazing and so nice but obviously you get the odd one with big lens small person syndrome!
Willie is definitely one person I admire, helped me so much in my early days on epz as did certain others and that will never be forgotten.
I like the image, the sky gives it a very atmospheric feel GrinGrin

Kathryn
Tish1 Plus
6 32 5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 3:26PM

Quote:I just love ya Tish. Braver than me, you have a go at photographing anything and everything, it's a constant learning curve and I have to say most people on here on amazing and so nice but obviously you get the odd one with big lens small person syndrome!
Willie is definitely one person I admire, helped me so much in my early days on epz as did certain others and that will never be forgotten.
I like the image, the sky gives it a very atmospheric feel GrinGrin

Kathryn



I'm not brave Kathryn, I don't want to get in a cage with a Tiger, tabbies are as big as I want to curl up with. However, I do love your analagy of ' big lens small person syndrome'

I am also fortunate that Willie is helping me more than he admits to, he's a little star isn't he!!!

Tish
nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
23 Oct 2014 3:38PM
Could this be improved? Yes, but who cares...it made you enjoy your wine if not the outcome of what you have been doing with it. Enjoyed reading the story and couldn't help recalling To His Coy Mistress, "I by the tide of Humber should complain.." And I like the image, nice modifications, though.
Tish1 Plus
6 32 5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2014 3:42PM

Quote:Could this be improved? Yes, but who cares...it made you enjoy your wine if not the outcome of what you have been doing with it. Enjoyed reading the story and couldn't help recalling To His Coy Mistress, "I by the tide of Humber should complain.." And I like the image.



To His Coy Mistress
By Andrew Marvell
Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.
gajewski 14 10 9 United States
23 Oct 2014 6:10PM
Tish
I decided to revisit this image -- now that I have settled down a bit. It is very heartening to see so many members put everything into proper perspective. Here are some of my thoughts on your image:

Whether or not there is detail in the shadow does not make an image right or wrong. That is so subjective. Chen would hate Andy Warhol's silk screen images of Marilyn Monroe.

You have a very fine image. You have captured a wonderful sky with a lot of detail -- not always an easy task with sky. Your sense of composition is also comendable and illustrates the classical rule of thirds very nicely. You put the right vertical of the bridge and the top beam on the 1/3rd vertical and horizontal lines. AND -- the pavement's lane markings and the bridge railing have created nice leading lines that pull the eye into the image.

If you want to pull more detail out of the shadows, that can be done with software. I'm not sure what you are using. It sounds like maybe Adobe's Camera RAW (Photoshop) or maybe Lightroom. Anyway -- you can play with the "black" slider to see what happens. There is also a shadows slider that might help. The software is intimidating but don't let it get the best of you.

Take care, Tish. Enjoy the newish car. Good luck on getting the friend to foot the bill.
-=\Walter
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2014 12:50PM
Just to prove that there are always lots of images an any one shot I have added my own mod taking a completely different approach.

So lovely to see all the helpful and supportive comments that the majority of the contributors here have given.
Tish1 Plus
6 32 5 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2014 1:13PM

Quote:Just to prove that there are always lots of images an any one shot I have added my own mod taking a completely different approach.

So lovely to see all the helpful and supportive comments that the majority of the contributors here have given.



Thank you so much Lynne, in doing this very good mod you have just validated what I put on my more recent upload. Your support and contribution is inavluable and it makes me feel confident for new users of this site.


Tish

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