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Kennywood Sunset

By estrawser
Kennywood is an amusement park that's just outside of Pittsburgh PA USA. It's been around since 1898, and it has some of the best coasters in the world.

Tags: Sunset Park Bw Black and white Roller coaster Landscape and travel Amusement Pittsburgh Night and low light Kennywood

Voters: ripleysalien, VIKI, mdiniz and 2 more

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ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2010 7:47AM
I like b/w sunsets, nice first upload

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estrawser 7 2 United States
16 Aug 2010 7:59AM
Thanks Steve
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 9:31PM
Welcome to ePhotozine!

I think this is an excellent shot and a brave choice to put it in black and white. Obviously, colour would be the obvious choice for a sunset but, here, the patterns and lighting in the clouds are easily strong enough on their own and black and white plays into the nostalgic feel of this old fairground.

A few small points.
— The foreground isn't really silhouetted but is a long way from being normally exposed. For this photo, I think it would help to darken it more in software. Alternatively, if you were shooting again and the stall isn't too far away, you could try using the flash to light up the foreground.
— The composition is sound but could be improved a little. You have a couple of strong elements — the chimney(?) and the coaster train — and at least one of those probably ought to positioned according to the rule of thirds .
— You can upload at any size up to 600x600 and it's best to use the full width or height to get as much detail as possible in the image.
— On the subject of detail, this looks like it could use a little sharpening. Sharpness in images depends on pixel-level detail at edges and this detail is lost when you resize. For this reason, you need to sharpen a little after resizing, to bring back that detail — unsharp mask with a radius of about 0.8 and a strength somewhere between about 40% and 150% usually does the trick.

I look forward to seeing more!
estrawser 7 2 United States
18 Aug 2010 6:43AM
Thank you so much for the comments!
I was trying to get it down under 100KB, and ended up resizing it down to 450 x 360. 600 x 480 definitely looked better, but it would have brought it up to 166KB. Would that be acceptable here?
The original, at 2588 x 2070, has sharper detail (thanks for the tip), and the foreground is slightly lighter. I wasn't exactly trying to silhouette the stall in the foreground...just to have it dark but still legible. The "Potato Patch" is kind of famous know...the "best fries in Pittsburgh"? I'm sure you've heard of them in the UK?
Thanks again for the help! Hope to hear from you again!
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 7:13AM
Ah, I'd forgotten that there was a 100kb upload limit — I'm an e2 member so I can upload up to 400kb. You could turn the JPEG quality setting down a little, which probably wouldn't make much of a difference to the observable quality.

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