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Scurdie Ness Lighthouse, Montrose

By billmyl
This is my first attempt at photographing a lighthouse. It has proved quite a challenge both in terms of taking the shot and processing it. Comments please on both aspects particularly with regard to perspective and composition.

Tags: Lighthouse Landscape and travel Montrose Scurdie Ness

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4323 Canada
28 Jul 2014 6:25PM
You did quite well Bill.

There is some visible evidence of post processing that could be dealt with by zooming in and being very careful with brushes; the bottom of the lighthouse has that bright area as an example, perhaps you were darkening some areas? Or the opposite.

Theres some areas where you have resized or corrected perspective and left some areas in that should be cropped, - left side double wall and cloud, and the bottom left, the double out of line reflection of the lighthouse. These are easily cropped out.

I will download it and take a closer look.

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4323 Canada
28 Jul 2014 6:45PM
Mod uploaded.

Apart from the minor items above, not a lot to suggest as far as post processing; it looks a bit oversharpened, or perhaps the clarity slider was a bit aggressive, - and this causes the lines along the side of the lighthouse; I would crop to place the subject on a third.

The rest is a preference for a darker image. And thats personal preference, as the exposure is good as it is, but to me has a better impact if underexposed about -2/3.


billmyl 9 171 1 Scotland
28 Jul 2014 6:58PM
Thanks a lot for your extremely helpful comments Willie. Forgetting to crop after correcting perspective is just carelessness on my part. The light bit at the bottom of the lighthouse is not due to clarity because I only applied a very slight amount. I shall have another look to see if I can figure out what has caused it. I think I have oversharpened the image, the original was quite sharp already. Originally had a darker image but decided to adjust exposure.

Again thanks for your help it is just what I was looking for and your mod is excellent.


dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1954 England
28 Jul 2014 10:19PM
I've done a mod - cropped, skewed a bit, and midtones darkened with the slider in Levels.

I agree with Willie - there are some telltales of sharpening a fraction too much.

Lovely moment, well caught!
dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 826 England
28 Jul 2014 11:10PM
The bright area at the bottom of the lighthouse and across part of the horizon to the right of it was what first caught my eye. This shouldn't be the case, as it draws attention from the rest of the scene.

Cropping aside, this is well positioned and composed.
The forground you have here is sufficient, providing enough depth to the image and some context. I like the dominance of the lighthouse in this image.
Making more of the water in the foreground as an alternative approach if there were more colour/cloud/texture in the sky as the reflection would double the appeal. Using a portrait format would allow you to make the most of the reflection too.
Either way, a great spot and one to return to under different weather and lighting conditions.

billmyl 9 171 1 Scotland
28 Jul 2014 11:39PM
Thanks John and Keith for your helpful comments. I have another image which I took at the same time and after taking account of your comments and Willie's I have a hopefully improved version of the scene. I shall probably post this in the gallery.
John your mod has convinced me that it is better image with the darker tones.



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