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M1 J8 (v2)

By bmh1
This is the un-cropped version of my previous upload ..

The main post processing was to use the equivalent of a ND Grad filter (~2 stops) to even out the brightness of the road/sky, and there was some slight sharpening and CA correction.

While having the horizon and road both central is perhaps a little unconventional, I looked at different crops but somehow this appealed to me more ...

Comments and suggestions (different crops ?) welcome.

(f/8, ISO 100, 1/640sec)

Tags: General Transport M1 J8

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Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
31 Mar 2010 6:46PM
This does look somewhat better than the cropped version but it still suffers from the effect of the lamp post slap dividing the picture vertically. I assume this was taken from a motorway bridge and am wondering whether it might have been possible to lean out a bit to avoid getting the structure in your image?

Anyway, the photo looks just a little murky to me. In the mod I have uploaded for you, I have used the PS shadows/highlights tool to even up the lighting and the hue/saturation slider to increase saturation a little. Hope this is helpful. Smile
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 8:04PM
I rather like this, other than the lampost. Qualiity excellent, and the darker tones, I think, suites the sky.

Don't know what to say about the post - better if were just not there.

NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 8:20PM
the idea works of course even though ive seen it many times before, and here i like the way you managed to find a slight curve into the horizon. the trucks in a very favourable position too.

there are some niggles though, the street lighting is a major distraction and the only thing i can say there is that there are many motorway bridges without such light standards in the line of view.

the grad filter over the sky looks more than 0.6 or 2 stops to me and maybe it has given a bit too much tone into the sky so much that it looks a little darker than the road. i also feel the horizon is too central to achieve a good balance and that the road should take up about 2/3s of the frame vertically leaving a 1/3 narrower strip of sky.

would also have been good to use a slow speed and get some blur into the cars for effect.

best regards,
malc_c 14 2 167 England
1 Apr 2010 1:18PM
Hi Bernard,
There's nothing wrong with central images if the subject supports it, but I don't think that's the case here. In fact there are a few nigles I have with this image-
  • I feel that all that sky is just - boring. It isn't really contributing to the image and worse, the brightest parts of the image are in the top part of the sky right at the edge of the frame, grabbing my attention.
  • Your filtering of the sky is dramatic for sure, but it seems to have left a tell-tale halo along the horizon which should be addressed, and also the top half of the lamppost is strangely darker than the bottom half where it should have been masked out of the filter
  • The sky is also now so dark that the road, which is illuminated from the sky, is brighter than the sky itself, which is not entirely believable.
  • The lamp post is, as has been mentioned, very dominant and distracting- I feel you either need to shoot round it or clone it out.
One last point- I'm not sure what message you are trying to convey here. Don't misunderstand - it's not that I dislike the picture at all, but I'm assuming it isn't meant to be a stunning landscape, or a notable record of a particular feature, nor a favourite holiday snap, but is there a message I've missed?

My mod illustrates most of the above (crop the sky, remove the lamppostand also lightens the image a bit as there was very little above 200/255 (that which there was I masked to preserve the detail).
Hope you like the mod....
bmh1 15 572 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 7:44PM
Thanks for the comments and suggestions, I appreciate the mods ..

Looking at it again I'd agree that I over darkened the sky, and the bright band on the horizon should be fixed.

As for the message/meaning, I drive this junction every day, and they re-built the footpath as part of the M1 roadworks, (there is even a crossing across one of the slip roads) but I have *never* seen anyone walking along there, so I wanted to show the view that very few people have bothered to go and look at ...

Taking on board your suggestions, I'll try to post one of the pictures from over the northbound carriageway which suffers less from the lamppost problem (there are a lot around the junction!) and try a less central crop ...

barmymarny 11 1 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 7:38PM
Super image. Good work.

Marilyn x

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