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Storm at sea

By Mari    
Taken at Southerndown. I had just dropped my son off at the beach for his surf lifeguard practice, looked out to sea and there was an amazing storm with very grey sky and lightning, took a few shots and went home. My son said half an hour later he was in the sea surrounded by huge hail stones and lightning - needless to say he didn't stay in long!! The light was amazing though.

If anyone can advise me (through mods maybe?)on how to straighten a barrelled horizon - (do I use the tranform tool?) I'd be very grateful.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: NorthernEdge, andytvcams, smourt and 58 more

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NorthernEdge 12 535 England
30 May 2005 6:46AM
woah!! very atmospheric image. super moody colours. really like this. great!

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smourt 13 80
30 May 2005 6:52AM
I normally use the transform - free transform. That said I do struggle. FG is fantastic!!!
denka 12 7 Finland
30 May 2005 6:52AM
Fantastic looking beach - horizon capture! Love the action look it gets from those action filled clouds. Sry cant help you with the barrelled horizon.

mikears 13 89 Canada
30 May 2005 6:56AM
This is an amazing shot!! Not sure what it is, because there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to look at - but the sky and it's reflection at very nice!!

Beardy 12 79 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:01AM
very moody!
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
30 May 2005 7:07AM!!! I just love this!
jellylegs 13 59 Ireland
30 May 2005 7:17AM
Very nice. Lighting is very moody. Well done.
angej 12 477 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:17AM
Lovely shot:0)
sandyb 13 34 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:26AM
stunning shot. I love it. sandyb
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
30 May 2005 7:29AM
Almost surreal. I like especially the blue and the brown patches that contrasts each other

Maddie Plus
12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:31AM
very nice
Hugeknot 12 1.2k 2 Iceland
30 May 2005 7:33AM
What great light and so well captured! Not sure about the barreled horizon, how did it get there? I would be tempted to leave it as a feature. What a shame you didn't get any lightening! That would have been the cherry on an already great cake.
30 May 2005 7:33AM
Stunning image. Well done.
TrevorB 14 12 Canada
30 May 2005 7:33AM
Great shot, with or without the curved horizon. The only advise on straightening it that I can give is to play with each of the things in edit-transform folder and see if any help.
matmonty 13 136 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:34AM
Lovely moody shot, and the light is great.

JouŠo 13 56 Finland
30 May 2005 7:53AM
Fantastic shot, Mari!

Tom_H 12 48 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:54AM
Very dramatic - great shot. Lovely contrasts in textures and light
skydivemike 12 47 Northern Ireland
30 May 2005 7:56AM
How do you do it?? There is always so much detail in you compositions it is like a storyboard. The detail on the foam, sand ,SKY and rocks are STUNNING. And just for good measure the light reflecting off the water on the left hand side lights up the scene. A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 7:57AM
Thanks all so much for your comments.

Thanks Bill (elcid) for your mod and explanation of how to do it - very useful and it looks so much better now!

Mari Smile

edit: thanks Mike :}
Tooth 12 5.8k 227 Ireland
30 May 2005 8:26AM
Hi Mari,

beautiful moody light again from you and lots to look at - great stuff again
katieb 13 255 4 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 8:39AM
A stunning light, beautifully captured.
AntonR 12 3
30 May 2005 8:43AM
Stunning photo!
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 8:46AM
Great composition and detail!
Westers 12 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
30 May 2005 9:50AM
Simple but so much to look at (contradiction? lol). Lovely light.
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 10:24AM
Thanks Stephen, Katie, Anton, Gill and Ian Smile

pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 10:39AM
Hi Mari

Get the panotools plug-in for photoshop - it has a distortion correction tool that is perfect for this kind of thing.

Wonderful moody light - it's simplicity is it's strength.

proberts 13 218 4 Wales
30 May 2005 10:57AM
Stunning shot Mari.Hope you got shares in the car park,youre always there.Must cost you a fortune.LOL.
bassan 14 9
30 May 2005 11:01AM
Delighted to be your RC click on this excellent shot!
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 11:04AM
Thanks Pete, Andrew (I get a season ticket as my son is a surf lifesaver on the beach!)and Sam Smile
silburkp 13 3 England
30 May 2005 11:05AM
Great colours and composition
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
30 May 2005 11:08AM
I wouldn't dare to advise you on how to do landscapes Mari, because your far far better than I could ever wish to be.....What I will say is this, it's a really strong and powerful image as it is. But I'd try and straighten out the horizon if I could, rather like Elcid has done in his modded version!.....

Regards and hope all is well with you......Ade
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 11:12AM
Thanks Kelvin and Ade - i'm always open to helpful comments and have so much to learn, great place this though for help isn't it? Hope you and Sue are well too Ade.
vfr400 15 886
30 May 2005 12:15PM
Beautifully captured Mari, love the reflection on the foreground water.

AdrianTurner 13 350 Wales
30 May 2005 12:25PM
Hi Mari, first off, this is great. As for the horizon, I dont think it has much barrelling to it, think it needs 0.73% CW rotation as it is straight (though not level) from the left edge to approx way across, from there on there seems to be a shadow area causing the impression that the horizon is barrelled. I may be wrong but that is how it looks to me.

Did you crop some of the right hand side? If not, the high spot of the horizon should be central if this is barrelling.


MOD posted.
plutoman 13 347
30 May 2005 12:47PM
Fantastic light in this shot Mari, really well done on the comp..

suzieosman 13 66 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 12:49PM
I rather like the horizon, goes to prove the theory that the earth ain't flat Smile.....A stunning shot Mari.....Again!...Sue
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 1:23PM
Thanks Chris, Craig and Sue - great to hear from you and thanks for your comments.

Adrian thanks a lot - you could be right, i'd never thought of that. Your mod works well, and looks quite natural.

Mari Smile
IRaddict 14 34
30 May 2005 1:25PM
A grand image Mari, a pleasure to view :0)
edrhodes 12 547 12 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 1:26PM
Glad to make it 40. Love it.

TonyA 12 11 Spain
30 May 2005 1:34PM
This is an amazing shot, beautiful colors, lighting, reflections it has everything.
Congratulations, Mari.

Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
30 May 2005 1:40PM
Beautifully made mari.

brian13 13 218
30 May 2005 1:45PM
When using the lower end of a wide angle lens, one will get a broadened perspective on the expected viewpoint.
The resulting image will contain a dimension not normally seen by the naked eye.

But, all that said - at least it's straight-ish!

amaryllis 13 120
30 May 2005 2:09PM
Well done Bron...!!
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
30 May 2005 2:12PM
Thanks Steve, Ed, Antonio,Kris, Brian - thanks for the explanation, and Phil, much appreciated

ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
30 May 2005 2:23PM
This is amazing! I really like the colours and the way the water seems to be retreating from the rocks in the foreground.
User_Removed 12 132
30 May 2005 6:12PM
beautiful image
siderath 14 322 England
30 May 2005 11:24PM
sorry Mari,it is nice dont get me wrong, but the darkened center........ just doesnt do it for me, its just not suble enough, i think.
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
31 May 2005 12:58AM
Amazing capture Mari . Aren't people wonderful on this site ? Always ready to help xx
ericfaragh 13 140 4 United Kingdom
31 May 2005 2:17AM
Great capture of light variation, well done Mari, makes a dramatic image.
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
31 May 2005 4:30AM
Thanks Charlotte, Sten, Simon - not sure what you mean by subtle enough but I respect your comment and thanks, thanks Mavis and Eric too.

Mari Smile
31 May 2005 5:26AM
a fantastic image,a great moody shot.
click samantha
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
31 May 2005 8:20AM
Talk about a moody shot! Whew!
As far as earlier comments on the 'barreled horizon' it might just be the darker light on the right making it look curved. And on the comment about the dark middle, the clouds in teh middle are darker so the reflection in the middle is darker also. Nice one.
Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
31 May 2005 9:15AM
Thanks Samantha and Patrick, much appreciated.

Mari Smile
maroondah 14 239 1 Australia
31 May 2005 11:17AM
While I am no expert I think this image is both technically and compositionally as good as you can get.
clintnewsham 12 121 1 England
31 May 2005 11:54AM
looks good to me,a cracking image

click clint
1 Jun 2005 7:01AM
This is beautiful Mari. I love those reflections in the foreground. Great work. click

Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2005 8:54AM
Thanks Gerry, Clint and Joan Smile

John_Duckett 13 386 2 Norfolk Island
3 Jun 2005 4:11AM
A superb atmosphere Mari. Excellent

Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
3 Jun 2005 7:04AM
Thanks John

Mari Smile
gwyn h 13 432
4 Jun 2005 6:07AM
Beautifully atmospheric Mari, such excellent light. Very well taken.

Mari 13 1.8k United Kingdom
4 Jun 2005 9:17AM
Thanks Gwyn, hope Pembrokeshire was good

Mari Smile
MarkT 12 119 2 England
12 Jul 2005 4:33AM
Another fine shot - Your portfolio is superb!

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