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Ships that pass in the night

By Photogene
Had this photo of Swansea's lighthouse on my pc for quite some time, but never did anything with it until now. The original was shot on a misty day, and the sky was colourless, and what colour there was in the foreground was very faint. So I overlayed a gradient for the sky and another for the foreground, then decided to change what was originally a daytime shot into nightime, by setting the overlayed gradients to multiply and doing a little levels adjustment. I then spent the best part of two hours, tweaking the lighting and shadow areas with the dodge and burn tools, to highlight the parts that would be illuminated by the moon, and the parts that wouldn't. Although it took a lot of work, I had fun doing it and I'm pleased with the result.

Tags: Lighthouse Swansea Digitally manipulated Mumbles Landscape and travel

Voters: ariel alexandre, User_Removed, javam and 53 more

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cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 2:54PM
Brilliant work time well spent well done
toonboy 16 75 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 2:56PM
So you should be very nice result

Regards Ken
ktcam 16 457 Scotland
9 Jan 2007 2:57PM
Nice work Smile Love the colours and mood of this.
deio 14 21
9 Jan 2007 2:58PM
Great work, looks fantastic.
gilda 14
9 Jan 2007 2:59PM
I am charmed with the stars and the light of the beacon, seem to myself to be perfect, I like much ... clickkk

tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 3:04PM
Well worth the time and effort

The_Collector 15 4 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 3:06PM
You have painted a wonderful scene.
Well manipulated.

afunkyname 14 354
9 Jan 2007 3:09PM
shouldn't this be in the digitally manipulated category???????????
piccy 15 8 Wales
9 Jan 2007 3:12PM
Looks good I think.
Kim Walton 17 145 30 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 3:36PM
Great shot,just award.
Great when things come together,i always seem to forget exactly what i`ve done at the end(I MUST MAKE NOTES__I MUST MAKE NOTES__etc!)
CliveA 15 5 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 3:36PM
Well executed manip and congratulations on the HC.
I think your in all the appropriate categories including DM
keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Jan 2007 3:50PM
It goes right over my head I'm afraid.
juldon 18 78 England
9 Jan 2007 3:54PM
A well deserved HC as alot of good ps work has gone into this Smile)

GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
9 Jan 2007 4:01PM
Awesome work here.I love it. Congrat on HC award.

Platchet 14 5 8 Wales
9 Jan 2007 4:11PM
Very creative work,wish I had such patience.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
9 Jan 2007 6:50PM
Well put together, - nice image overall.

Paree 16 616 3
9 Jan 2007 7:59PM
how wonderful this is magical
Photogene 15 176 Wales
9 Jan 2007 8:36PM
Thanks very much everyone and thanks Peter for the HC you've made my day.
User_Removed 17 16 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2007 9:59PM
the has a romatic edge to it, love to hide there with someone special.

Possum 14 148 England
9 Jan 2007 11:49PM
Absolutely outstanding work, richly deserving your HC.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Jan 2007 4:19PM
Well worth all the work. PAul
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
10 Jan 2007 5:16PM
Happy New Year Richard and well done mate

ESP 14 26 England
10 Jan 2007 6:09PM
Excellent work...worth all the trouble you took over it !

Stunning large too

Photogene 15 176 Wales
10 Jan 2007 6:46PM
Thanks all and happy new year to you to Victor.

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
11 Jan 2007 6:09PM
What a result!!! Oh boy. And congrats on the HC Smile

User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Jan 2007 7:10PM
Superb imagery.

18 Jan 2007 10:05PM
great image
congrats on your portfolio, itīs excellent
Photogene 15 176 Wales
19 Jan 2007 1:46AM
Thanks very much Ivana,Mike,Andrew
Paree 16 616 3
31 Jan 2007 11:14PM
Brilliant work time well spent well done
Photogene 15 176 Wales
1 Feb 2007 1:58AM
Thanks Maureen
rosie42 16 7 Australia
14 Feb 2007 12:54AM
Well done on an imaginative and effective manipulation ...

Susie :o)
Photogene 15 176 Wales
14 Feb 2007 12:56AM
Thanks Susie
Doclassie 16 1.1k England
23 Feb 2007 12:04PM
I think you've done a nice job on the dodge and burn and the conversion as a whole......

Now, you've got some great feedback (plus a RC and HC) so my comments might not be welcome, however.... there's a couple of things that I'd like to suggest, if you don;t mind.... please feel free to disregard them!

Firstly, I think the moon would benefit from having a blurred copy put on top, with blending mode set to overlay or even hard light (with opacity dialed down.) This would add a glow to the moon and make it look more like the scene's main light source.

Secondly.... the stars are a nice effect but should not be visible where the clouds are... we wouldn't see them through the clouds....

Thirdly, the light shaft is a little too constant... light falls off in intensity and so the volumetric light effect should tail off and, on the whole would be softer and more transparent. The glow from the lighthouse itself is too strong too.... if the light was so bright as to glow that much the moon would deffinitely be over exposed. This may seem picky, but considering the relative brightnesses of the image components goes a long way to creating a convincing effect.

Finally, my advice would be to use a hue/saturation adjustment layer and set it to "colourise" with a blue tint. Set this layer to "overlay" and dial down the opacity if the contrast goes too high. Copy this layer and set it to "colour" blending mode and, again, dial down the opacity a bit. For me the greens are still too obvious. At night our eyes struggle to register green and so dialing down the greens and adding an overall cool tone would help pull the hues in line and create a more convincing nightime conversion.


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