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portugal feb 12

By freda
just fell in love with this old boat, took it in daylight but fell this one is more interesting

Tags: Landscape and travel

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3 Mar 2012 10:33AM
perfect pic...
so stable

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
3 Mar 2012 11:14AM
Hi Freda,

Love the subject matter and it's a well composed image, I can see why you took this shot. Freda I've done a quick mod where I have altered the tones a little to help bring out a touch more detail. I'm not sure what time of day it was when you took this and as there are lights in the building in the background i've gone for a twilight feel, see what you think.

Good pf Freda, well done.

freda 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 2:21PM
hi martin,

it was about 7pm, it was quite dark but the moon was full so added the little bit of light..i tried a couple of shots but kept getting pretty dark images of the foreground..but if i brightened the shot it looked too much like daylight..any tips for me on solving this please?

regards Freda
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 4:40PM
I like this. well done - assume hand held as you were right up at ISO1600. You could brighten a few selected areas using the dodge tool which may just lift the foreground a bit but nice work.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
3 Mar 2012 9:31PM
Hi Freda,

I can see what attracted you to this!

As you say, simply brightening the shot simply brightens it!

I've added a mod. in which I've used the "fill light" tool in Lightroom. In case you've never used it, it has the effect (sort of) of adding the light that you could expect to get from using the fill flash setting on your camera, which according to your EXIF, you didn't use.

I'm inclined to think that this would benefit frtom a subtle bursty of off-camera flash from the left.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:42PM
Love the picture, Freda. I thought I might address your light problem. At the time of shooting, you needed to use your flash on the boat.
I have tried a few methods for lightening just the boat. Firstly, I selected the boat because I didn't want any other part of the image to be brightened.
Using fill flash proved a bit of a failure.
In Mod1 I used curves.
In Mod2 I used levels.
In Mod3 I used Clarify (in PaintshopPro) and quite liked this one, so sharpened the boat and softened the sky (bit of noise there).
I didn't want to brighten the boat too much, so kept the brightening at quite a low level. You can do it brighter if you so choose, and can also add a touch of contrast, or brighten the colours, or sharpen.....all whilst you still have the boat selected, so that the background isn't changed at all. I considered lightening the little fence bottom right, but it isn't sharp and wouldn't have looked right, I don't think. One other thing, not only did I select the boat, but also the flowers below it, including them in my selection, as these would have been picked up by your flash, had you used it.
freda 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 10:54PM
as always, thanks for all the positive feedback on this shot.

regards Freda
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2012 12:01PM
A nice image and the mods are very good. Looking at the clouds near the moon and the buildings on the left, I think an anti-clockwise rotation of about 2 or 3 degrees would make it even better.


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