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Lobster Creels

By billmyl
Trying for a slightly different way of looking at these creels. Was it a worthwhile attempt? Any improvements that could be made?

All comments and critique are very welcome.

Tags: General Specialist and abstract Lobster creels

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Squirrel 15 471 7 England
24 May 2015 12:03AM
Hi Bill

This is a difficult subject to tackle. I've tried to photograph these at Mudeford Quay. You have used F8 to good advantage the texture of the rope stands out and the struts of the wood are good and sharp. (The image seems a little washed out - but that could be my monitor or my eyes) Try boosting the blues and oranges. It might also be worthwhile cropping, Have you thought of a square or letterbox format? I feel that because there are so many of them the eye does not know here to look first.
May I ask why Manual white balance?

regards Jacq
Squirrel 15 471 7 England
24 May 2015 12:21AM
I've uploaded some mods. With the crops I have used the chain as a lead in. see what you think.

regards Jacq
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
24 May 2015 11:42AM
With so much rather dark wood, I think that a minus compensation setting would be good. This does look a little light, though the exposure is perfectly OK. The question is not only is it technically correct, but does it look right! The tonal range here is considerable, threatening to spill out of both ends of the histogram. I've done a mod darkening the midtones in Levels.

The other thing is where to crop: where the frame should end, and the angle of view.

There will always be different ways to do it, but my own inclination is usually to shoot straight on, for minimal distortion. Here, I'd have crouched, or gone down on my knees - and in terms of framing, I'd have made sure that the bottom of the pile was fully in frame, and that there aren't any major lines cut off at the frame edge (here, there's the blue-framed pots top left and mid-height on the right, both just missing a sliver.

It's definitely a good set-up to go for: it requires a little fine-tuning to make it wonderful.
billmyl 9 171 1 Scotland
24 May 2015 12:44PM
Thanks Jacq and John for your comments and mods.

I have done a mod where I have tried to address some of your suggestions. I hope you regard it as an improvement.


dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
24 May 2015 2:29PM
That works for me...
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 824 England
24 May 2015 7:47PM
i would always use manual white balance as you're always in control and you know where your starting point is. there are a lot of warm tones here and auto woul dtry and correct that, adding blue. In fact, as the shot is taken in RAW you can assign your white balance very easily in post processing, and I'd be tempted to make it warmer to make the most of the wood's tones.

The metal post is an niggling annoyance, so I've done a square crop which removes it and gives a bolder look.
I've also done a mono conversion and a sepia toned version as an alternative presentation.

billmyl 9 171 1 Scotland
25 May 2015 10:59AM
Thanks Keith.

I rather liked the rusty post and chain. However I do like your square crop and mono conversion.



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