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Lighthouse @ Port Frankfort

By rkarthick
This photo was taken in Port Frankfort during my recent trip. I was trying to capture the stones with the flowing water with light house at the background. I am uploading four versions and I am a bit confused on what to choose as the right image. And also I thought I could learn from your thoughts on the composition bit.

6 Sec at F/10
ISO 200
Focal Length 25mm

Tags: General Light house Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Frankfort

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Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
8 Sep 2010 6:58AM
A fabulous set of images.

My preference would be for the colour versions but all are very good. I cannot offer any obvious critique as I am a beginner really but you appear to have produced a couple of stunners. The portrait image is good enough for its own posting I would say. Details n colours are excellent throughout.
W1ldside 11 29 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 7:21AM
Clever composition of portrait style framing within a Landscape format ~ Again the colour versions work better for saturation and vibrancy...
Particularly like the inclusion of the vessel on the horizon in V3 as it is a stonger depiction than V1 and gives the image better balance for me ~ The B&W images are lacking in a true range of tones and need a little more contrast for impact IMO ,which can be rectified in processing? Could be my monitor but dont think so as it is Huey'd...
Nice work and hope to see more
SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 7:33AM
Beautiful set of images well done.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 1:22PM
I think these are excellent images and only have one small niggle, your horizon slopes a little to the right in both pictures. My preference is for the colour versions in both and I agree with Rick about the mono versions needing a bit more impact. I am favouring V3, the portrait format, it just seems to work much better.
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
8 Sep 2010 2:32PM
Thank you all for the comments.

@thevalleywalker, thanks a lot. Me a beginner too Smile

@Baileys123, yeah i could boost up the contrast in B&W. I agree with your comments on that. Thank you for the comments.

@SUE118, Thank you Smile

@Pamelajean, thank you for pointing out the horizon issue. I will be more careful next time, during uploads. Smile
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
8 Sep 2010 2:45PM
the valleywalker gives me lots of good advice.
i'm not hot on technicalities, i just know what i like. youve got the horizon on the top third which is good, i think that it would be a stronger comp in v1 if the lighthouse was placed on the third intersection. i like the colours and bit of misty water. agree the colour versions for me with my fav being v3 perhaps the lighthouse is a tad close to the left side.
i agree with pam about the horizon, something i always have probs with and always seems easier to spot on someone elses pic which is frustrating! lesley
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
8 Sep 2010 2:58PM
Hey Lesley, Appreciate your comments. Agree with your composition bit on v1 and v3. I was a little bit constrained by people on the left to move the crop to the left a bit. Should have spend more time there Smile. But V1, there was a chance to do this.
paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
8 Sep 2010 3:18PM
I have to agree with Pamela. I prefer V's 3 and 4 for crop. If the BW V4 had a bit more contrast for punch it would be much improved. Try a curves adjustment layer maybe Smile
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 5:19PM
All good images. comment already on horizon - bet you watch that one in future. Colour versions both rather better than mono for me - I like mono, but these would need a stronger conversion with rather darker and more contrasty images.

DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2010 5:33PM
I agree with the consensus above that #3 is the best of these. The black and white versions lack contrast and the wide expanse of smooth blue sea in #1 doesn't add anything for me but, instead, pushes the interesting part of the photo off to the margin.

For me, the blurred people and boat are distractions: once you notice them, they rather draw the eye. The boat is easily cloned out but the people are more problematic: the line of the wall leads straight to the lighthouse but there are blurry blobs in the way. If the location is close to you, it might be worth revisiting to try to get a cleaner shot. Using more ND filters to get an even longer exposure might help, by blurring people out of existence unless they stand still.
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
9 Sep 2010 2:41AM
@paulcr, Thank for your comments and recommendation, I shall try that out.

@paulbroad, thank you for your suggestion

@DRicherby, I agree with you on your points. #1, the issue was, I was not able to move to the right and the details on the left of the image was not very interesting. Also, I thought, this emptiness on the right could leave a expectation feeling. But then , I do understand the composition bit what youa re talking about.

Blurring the people was a huge issue here. I was here on a saturday and this place was pouring with people. Need to go sometime during a weekday I guess to spend a intimate time with it.

Thanks a lot DRicherby Smile
4 Nov 2010 8:54AM
Without having read the above comments I though V3 was the best of these super images . Gill

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