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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

By mancunian61  
I like to have a play around with editing and this image now has elements of HDR, sepia and an orton effect. This is the first time I have processed an image with this effect and I quite like it Smile

Tags: General Transport Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 12:44AM
Not entirely sure why you've done all the processing...unfortunately it looks like a Hipstamatic shot from your phone. Or you could have done this with a cheap toy camera.

It looks like there is potential in the the settings are ok and the scene looks ok, but the processing looks like you've done it for the sake of doing it, rather than to bring the best out of the image....unless your aim was to produce a Holga-esque result.

Overall, I find it dark and brooding, too much so for such a pastoral scene, and the vignette is very heavy, taking over the image. It's turned what might be an interesting colourful or social documentary image into something rather bland, where my first instinct is to look at the darkness in and around it. Sorry.


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devlin 8 653 39 India
17 Feb 2013 6:55AM
I would agree with Nick, the processing seems to overwhelm what looks like a pleasant scene....though i can understand the desire to do something different with a scene like this, but it needs to be done with a lighter touch, bringing out the detail in the shot, enhancing what looks like a interesting sky...different while yet retaining the feel of the original ....if you get my drift Smile
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 12:07PM
I wonder how it would look in black and white ( or sepia ) ? With the dark borders it gives an impression of an old Victorian photo, so a mono conversion would fit in with this effect quite well You would have to clone out the TV aerials on the narrow boats though!

Mike43 7 18 21 England
17 Feb 2013 1:10PM
I would like to see your shot without the Vignetting affect (not sure if Vignetting is a word?) because I like the style and composition of the rest of the shot.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 3:13PM
It is, indeed, different and I applaud the attempt. I'm not keen on the vignetting and the whole thing is a bit heavy. i think that will be the HDR, although the pastel colours may be quite nice with a brighter image. It is always worth a play, and that is what this section is all about - helps beginners learn the basics and those with a bit more experience can try things out and see how people react.

The problem here is assessing the overall effect on such a small image.

17 Feb 2013 7:46PM
oops it looks like I went over the top a bit for all your general tastesWink

Nick, the reason I did it was to try something different, as I mentioned in my description, I was playing around and seeing what I could do with a very same old, same old scene. I appreciate your comments and thank you for letting me know that the general setting seem good.

Devlin, thank you for your comments and you are correct that I wanted to do something different, I obviously need to tone it down a little!

Geoff, I had tried it in sepia and b/w and liked the subdued colours I eventually used, I hadn't thought of the aerials, thank for pointing that out!

Mike thanks for the comments, I could try it with a little less vignette!

Paul, thanks for your comments. I did want to try something different and I think the overall attempt might be good but perhaps a little too much for others tastes. Sorry for the small image, I always, reduced them to put on any of the web pages.

Again, thanks to all - very informative and good to learn Grin

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
17 Feb 2013 8:58PM

Quote:I could try it with a little less vignette!

You could try it with a white, or transparent one. That would remove the heaviness but still focus people's attention.
Experimentation's the name of the game. Just because this wasn't quite the success that perhaps you were hoping for, don't be put off.


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