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Old Boat on Skipool Creek near Fleetwood

By scartlane
This is a old ship i found on the banks in the middle of a really weird, and quaint, docks that is in skipool.
lots of great scenery and intersting boats, and fantastic photographic opportunties

Tags: General Boat Transport Old Near Ship Digitally manipulated Creek Fleetwood skipool

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xco 8 24 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 9:41PM
Nice Moody shot .
Its a shame to see the boats in this state but they tell their own story dont they and make for a fanastic photo oppurtunity

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debu 7 India
1 Jan 2011 10:23PM
Great capture.
Jestertheclown 8 7.6k 252 England
1 Jan 2011 11:04PM
Hi Adam,

I like the idea of this and it's not a bad effort.

The problem you've had here is that you've had to get the shot into the sun (such as it is) and your camera's tried to meter for the brightness of the sky and the darker areas of the boat at the same time and got neither of them quite right.
Consequently the sky's blown and the boat's left looking a bit flat.
There are several ways around that problem at the time of shooting and there are many people on here that can explain it far better than I !
So . . .
I've modded your shot in two halves. I lassoed the sky and tweaked it using levels and curves but there's not really much to be had in there.
Then I inverted the lasso and did the same with the boat. That shows more promise and a few adjustments using shadows/highlights and contrast gave it a little more life.
I don't think there's a lot more I can do at this size (I dare say someone will now come along and prove me wrong!) but you might be able to pull some more detail from the original.
If you can do something with the boat, it might be worthwhile replacing the sky?

Hope this helps.


Edit; Welcome to the critique gallery by the way. You'll be made most welcome here and will get nothing if not good, honest, worthwhile feedback on your work.
NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
1 Jan 2011 11:56PM
the mod that jester has done works well on the boat,you used layers on the butterfly shot ,take out the sky and replace it ,it will make a good shot.Ithink.
paulbroad 10 123 1177 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 8:48AM
For a shot like this you need impact and drama. The sky needs to be much darker or replaced by one with character, then you need to add contrast and sharpness.

Probably a good candidate for a hard gritty mono with a strong sky. The basic ingredients are there.

NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 9:31PM
hello and welcome to epz.

it looks an interesting boat yard and the subject chosen is in a good position.

often the issue is finding a position low enough to eliminate all the extranious detail surrounding the chosen subject. at the same time time you need enough space around the image. here its cropped a little tight for comfort.

the key issue to sucessful images is light and it looks to me as if the lighting was working against you and was on the other side of the boat. as a consequence the sky has blown out and has left the hull without any textural enhancement from shadows etc.

to be fair, i dont think as it stands it could be made into a winning image but the subject is worth rephotographing at other times of day when the lighting and cloud formations are with you and then you just might have a really nice image.

hope this helps
best regards
looboss 10 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 11:26PM
Not much to say that hasn't already been said, I would have used a filter to darken the sky or shot it as an HDR in RAW so to get the most out of it.
Maybe that is something to remember next time when faced with a similar situation...I've done a few times and has worked well for me..
scartlane 6 68 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2011 1:07PM
Thank you all for your kind words and advice .
There is a lot to take in from your comments but i will endevor to learn from this.

Thank you all

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