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Malin Head, Donegal

By ladigit
Taken after sunrise, when the sun didn't quite show up. Slight warmth to the sky but nothing much!

Would like feedback on whether this could be improved, I'm not sure if the building is underexposed but didn't want to brighten it too much. I'm not sure if it's a keeper or to bin it to be honest!

Any advice welcome.

Ignore key-line - I was going to print it and that was for a mount.

Tags: Landscape and travel Donegal ireland

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IshanPathak 6 202 12 India
7 Oct 2014 11:32AM
Reminds me of one of the desktop wallpapers used to be found on Windows XP.

For me the building is dark, some may like it, but for me it doesnt work. Especially if its for framing, i would lighten it up.

I dont know whether if its only me, but i find that large sky uninteresting.

Mod: Crop, and tweaks.
Let me know what you think


Ishan

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ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
7 Oct 2014 11:48AM

Quote:Reminds me of one of the desktop wallpapers used to be found on Windows XP.

For me the building is dark, some may like it, but for me it doesnt work. Especially if its for framing, i would lighten it up.

I dont know whether if its only me, but i find that large sky uninteresting.

Mod: Crop, and tweaks.
Let me know what you think


Ishan


OK that confirms it! You're mod is much nicer - a huge improvement Smile
Mike43 9 151 21 England
7 Oct 2014 12:17PM
Oh yes for me I would increase the exposure around the building and grass, see uploaded mod.

After that you have yourself a nice photo, where is it?
Mike.
ladigit 5 229 1 Ireland
7 Oct 2014 12:21PM
Thanks Mike, it's at Malin Head, Donegal (Ireland)
IsabelC 5 51 10 Denmark
7 Oct 2014 1:20PM
And 2 different mods from me - I only cropped minimally off the top as I like the imbalance. Then I processed for atmosphere and not for landscape/documentation Wink. The colour version is more about the depth and the B&W about that amazing silhouette with the empty windows against the sky...where you can feel the air going through.
I like these types of photos as they are so versatile...there are lots of other possibilities.

Personally I would not lighten the ruin too much as I don't think the building itself is interesting enough but the silhouette and the "view" - but that's just me Smile

BTW a wonderful place...I think I really need to visit Ireland Smile

Isabel Smile
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
7 Oct 2014 3:22PM
It has some possibilities I think. Some of the mods show this already.

I agree that a lot of the sky can go, and when this is removed, the building is on a third.

The silhouette approach gives you one option, and I would lean towards it. There are some nice warm patches of grass near the building, - these can be brought out on their own, as in my mod.

Two mods also, colour and a duo-tone.


Regards


Willie
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
7 Oct 2014 11:00PM
I'll be blunt: I don't think this is the best shot you could have taken there, on that morning. But I wasn't there, and I could be utterly wrong!

I really like the mods that Isabel and Willie have done. Definitely a place to distort reality and capture the spirit.

It's always hard to know how to exploit a scene like this, where there isn't an obviously wonderful shot. You have to work the scene, a bit like they do on CSI, and explore all the angles, find out about all the possibilities.

Slightly (or very) different viewpoints, including higher (to alter the relative positions of the horizon, top of the grass, and the building.

Different angles, and perspectives, possibly using different lenses.

Varied exposures.

I often suspect that the difference between the best and the mediocre is the ability and willingness to explore all the options. I have watched professionals (and one or two togs who consistently win prizes) shooting, and they kept on keeping on after I'd put down my camera and started brewing a cuppa. (Indeed, on one group event, my model and I established a reputation for always being in the kitchen brewing up... On the other hand, we got as many good shots as most people did, so maybe it's OK to do a good job, then relax!)

I have no mod to offer this time - others have done it all.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2014 5:15PM
It's the shape of the building that jars for me. A modern box. A semi ruined croft or something with interesting shapes would be rather better compositionally. Failing that, this building, but with a human silhouette in a window or full length outside to add that extra interest.

Paul

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