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A photo of the Memorial at the peak of Mount Longdon, the Falkland Islands. Site of the bloodiest battle in the conflict. Assaulted by the3nd battalion of the Parachute Regiment on the 1112 June 1982.

Tags: Site Islands War Cross Battle Memorial Landscape and travel Falkland

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 9:28AM
Very effective and works even better with the explanation. There are some artefacts round the cross. May be from compression and possibly, sharpening. Mono a good choice but why such a high ISO? Not needed and that will have done nothing for quality, resulting in the artefacts.

1/1600 @f22 just not necessary for this image. Always use the lowest ISO that you are sure will give a sharp image, especially with older model cameras.

22 Dec 2012 9:36AM
The high ISO was purely accidental. It was a borrowed camera and I wasn't aware of the high ISO setting untill after this shot. I did get the effect I wanted in the end, so I am happy with the the shot, with the added bonus of the head (again accidental!) I would like to know how best to remove noise from this shot?
abeeror2 9 23 Australia
22 Dec 2012 9:50AM
Fantastic image, I am made to look up with this, well taken!
mhfore 14 8 176 England
22 Dec 2012 11:33AM
Hi Phil,

The camera you used had the capabilty to shot in RAW as well as jpeg, do you know if you have this image in RAW?. If you have then you should be able to remove a certain amount (if not all) noise in the Raw sharpening window. Enlarge the image to 100% and then slowly move the "Luminace" slider until the noise dissapears or the image starts to go a little soft, if that happens back the slider off a little. Another way to remove some noise from the sky is to add around 1-2% of "Gaussian Blur" (found under filters in elements) this will soften the sky but thats ok, although I would be very careful if using it in other areas (see mod).

Phil there may be many other ways to try and I'm sure someone will let you know, but these are the ways I use.

Take care
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 12:39PM
One way that often improves things, and that is very simple, is to use the 'despeckle' tool. Then do a smartsharpen. The 'despeckle' removes much o the noise but at a cost of some blur. You then need to harpen back. There are obviously various noise removal tools, but give this a try.

ErictheViking 8 124 102 Scotland
22 Dec 2012 2:05PM
For me this is a very emotional image which commemorates a significant time in the Falklands. I think as has been said the high ISO is unfortunate and the resulting effect is probably best left alone.

From a critique point of view I think it could be good if you used the bright sun to your advantage and created a more defined silhouette I have loaded a mod with the light levels adjusted to give a bigger definition between foreground and background. This effect has produced a halo effect around the memorial but this emphasises the subject.

To improve this type of shot next time move away from automatic settings and use Ae (A) settings instead this will give you better control. Also get into the habit of taking a number of shots at different settings, apertures, shutter speeds and ISO settings. needless to say make the first check you do at any time be your ISO and aperture retained from previous shots. A mistake I've made many time to my cost!!

This is overall an excellent shot full of emotion and great composition
Well done Grin

Eric GrinGrin
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22 Dec 2012 3:01PM
Its a nice shot Phil. I dont think noise is an issue with this, - I can only see very insignificant noise at 500%, which will not be visible at 100%. The potential for noise at this ISO exists, but its not here for whatever reason. To remove noise, the best approach is to use a Noise Reduction plug-in, like Noise Ninja or neat Image, and if you have a later version of Photoshop, that can remove noise quite effectively.

I have seen this sort of stepping effect on straight edges that run at an angle like the arms of the cross, and I think the higher the resolution, the less this is apparent, so moving this down to 72PPI likely aggravated what was already there, but less noticeable. Its quite easy to address, and Ive done it in a mod. What Ive done is first apply a 1.8 pixel Gaussian blur on a layer, removed it, then replaced it on the edges of the cross arms only; then I used a 2 pixel brush, with the colour of the edge of the cross, and simply painted a straight line along the edge. To keep the line straight, just hold down the shift key, click the brush on one end of the arm, then the other and youve got a straight line.

Theres some minor distortions from the 18mm lens which Ive corrected. I added space bottom and top and left, and cropped to a 10 X 8 aspect ratio, and then converted it to mono. Its not actually mono here, - there quite a bit of blue in it.

The bright Sun can be made to look more like its shining through clouds by carefully placing some cloud over it, while enhancing the rays.

Hope this is helpful, and the mod works for you,


pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
23 Dec 2012 2:16AM
I can't remember the name of this poet, nor the title of teh poem....

all I remember is how it ends...

"..but there's no cross missing
from my heart;
' cause it's my heart
the most blood-stained
place of all."

Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
24 Dec 2012 2:19AM
Hi Phil,

The last time I saw this cross I was eating my lunch next to it. Having been to this site several times I can appreciate how lucky you are to get a dark sky and some sun shining through. I think the shot works well, i like the backlit subject and Willie has addressed the stepping on the cross above. It might have been nice to see a little more of the surrounding countryside to give some scale of the place but that is something for another visit. the image for me has an overall purple tinge to it especially on the right side and I think that given the lack of colours I would just look to convert it to monochrome to fix that.

Hope this helps and i look forward to seeing more FI shots.

24 Dec 2012 8:19AM
Dave S,

I hope you polished the plaque after lunch lol. It was quite a bland, grey sky that day, I didn't think I'd do the countryside justice. Tried a similar shot on Tumbledown, with some of the countryside (mt longdon in fact) in the background, but it didn't come out too well. I'll try a monochrome and see how it goes.


I used the despeckle tool, it worked well, thanks.


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