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Lost at sea

By PHD7243
This pic was taken in Eureka in California; it is a memorial to all the fishermen lost at sea.
I was trying to achieve a mystical, spooky view on this shot as it was about 2 o’clock in the morning on our way back to our hotel, I just had to stop for this shot.
I tried many different settings but this one for me, in my little opinion is ok.

How could I improve on this shot without getting it to look like a postcard pic and still maintain the mystic, spooky view???

Tags: Landscape and travel

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27 Jan 2013 10:06AM
I would like a sort of " unclean " frame or mist ....... and a different background colour , probably black would work 4 me ....
will try a modifica

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27 Jan 2013 10:12AM
Thank you i will look forward to seing your mod, i'm still trying to get to grips with PS and just seem to make a mess at the moment lol
27 Jan 2013 10:18AM
h ave to run because of a meeting ........ had not enough time right now so I only quickly "played" with LR ...... need to work on the mist later.
check out "Perfect Photo Suite" I think they let you download a trial version ....... have a nice day - regards Michael
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:48PM
You have done quite well. An interesting image that looks pretty sharp. I'm not so keen on the half reflection. Would prefer it cropped off or the full reflection. Appreciate the latter would result in a rather long thin composition. Background looks black to me.

27 Jan 2013 1:18PM
thanx Michael i'll wait to see your finished mod.
Paul i have uploaded another shot without the half reflection.
the reason for the half reflection was because there was a fence there that i didn't want in my shot.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 3:05PM
I quite like this as it is, Paul, feel you have achieved a mystal look, and would only suggest a few possible changes.
I, too, would like to have seen the whole reflection, but since this was not possible, I have used your first version and removed some of the reflection in my modification, just to give an "impression" of the reflection, and so that it doesn't look like a mistake, but purposefully composed.
I assume the statue is lit up, otherwise you would have needed to use your flash. I like the memorial very much, but your picture doesn't give any idea of scale, and I'd be interested to know its size, and also what it is made from.
In my modification, I also added canvas to the right and top, which hopefully helps to make it look "less like a postcard". I used levels to add contrast, which left the image quite a bright gold, so my second modification is a desaturated version of the first. Probably a bit more atmospheric than the bright version.
There is a small spot of light on the right side, which I removed.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 8:35AM
I do feel that the half a reflection is better cropped off and perhaps the whole reflection might just take away the main forcus of attentionnon the memorial itself. Why have you dialled in a negative exposure compensation of 2 stops?

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
28 Jan 2013 5:25PM
It needs fog to make the atmosphere you want; and the reflection could ideally be rippled such that you cant really tell if its a full reflection or not.

Ive uploaded a mod you might like.

The basics are that you add a new empty layer; go to filter>redner clouds; drag the clouds layer to be about 6 times larger than the original image; apply a 5 or so pixel Gaussian blur; change the mode to overly; play around with the opacity.

To ripple the water, select the bollot, using the marquee tool, then filter, diatort, ripple, - and again play with opacity, ot repeat ripples as often as you like.

Your original shot is well done. Its not mystical, or spooky as is, but really must have felt spooky at that time too.


30 Jan 2013 9:58AM
Thank you guys for the wonderful critiques, I really appreciate your time.

Frank, the reason why I dialed in a negative exposure compensation of 2 stops, is because the actual lights shining on the memorial where “white lights” and I found that this gave me a better exposure for what I was trying to achieve.

Willie, thank you for the MOD it looks a bit more mystical and the info for PS is a bit out of my league at the moment but I will attempt to use it at the weekend.

Pamela, thank you for the mod it looks a lot cleaner and still retains the atmosphere. If I could combine yours with the bottom half and the background of Willie’s I think that that would be about what I saw in my mind’s eye when I was standing there.

Paul D.

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