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Sunburst at the pier

By marktc  
Tried to capture the sunrise and sunburst at Southsea Pier last Sunday, I'm afraid that this is as good as it got.

Used a 1.2 ND filter and a 1 stop ND grad, wish I had gone a bit higher with the grad now though.

Once again I would be grateful for some critique on this pic, composition etc. once again the only processing was removing dust spots and crop off ome of the sky.

Thank you to all those that gave some great feedback on yesterdays submission, all suggestions were gratefully received and I will be trying some out in the fullness of time.

Have a great day

Tags: Landscape Seascape Sunrise Sunburst Landscape and travel South parade pier

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Sep 2012 5:45AM
Great timing, Mark, well composed and captured. Carol

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 6:34AM
This is so very beautiful... I love the sillouette, the light and the softness in the calm sea... Very nice image. IB
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
13 Sep 2012 6:40AM
Really nice Mark, timing is spot on. I would just give the horizon a tweak though, its a little low on the right hand side.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 6:42AM
Thanks all.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 7:38AM
A superb well timed lowlight beautifully exposed coastal composition, glorious light, and a starburst made in heaven. My only suggestion would be to make a rather tight letterbox crop in order to ditch the rather lack lustre shoreline, and remove the top half of the sky.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
13 Sep 2012 7:45AM
It is a fine attractive composition but the first thing I noticed was the horizon was not straight and I have corrected this in my mod. I have also applied a shadow/highlight to bring out the shadow detail and darkened the sky a little to give greater prominence to the "shooting stars".

paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 8:08AM
I think it would have been difficult to do much better in the circumstances. Well exposed. Don't think any more ND would help and could send the sky muddy. Just crop it off - you and take quite a bit off the top and some off the bottom giving a letterbox format.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Sep 2012 8:39AM
I noticed the horizon and darkish foreground, Mark, but couldn't better Albert's mod.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 8:54AM
its a lovely image and people have alreadypounted out what I would have said.
The sunburst is great but the 2 pinpricks of light in the building do catch my eye
the smaller ones seem o.k.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 9:34AM
As not really able to do landscapes well Mark, to my mind
you have a good shot here
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 10:12AM
It's all been said Mark. My first impression was to crop sky but I think you need the f/g space.
Thank you for suggestions to my harvest image yesterday for which I uploaded a croppped version.
I'm never sure whether or not to include lights in this kind of image.(see barbarahirst's comment)
Is there a rule of thumb on this anyone?
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 12:57PM

i had a spell doing piers and i found that the better approach is to get closer to the structure so that there is a strong diagonal shooting into the sea, (there is one on my showcase) no clicks please im just illustrating the angle. as it is it looks a bit distant and flatt in perspective.

i also found that my better results were when i went the same side as the sun so as to pick up a little of the light and retain some red on the horizon (which needs leveling up a little.)

you can alter this without more grads, to darken a sky, make a copy layer and click the blending mode to multiply and fade the opacity slider until its how you want. then click the layer mask and drop a grad layer black to transparant over the sea and you will have the sea as it was with a darker sky.

you can do similar in reverse.

make a layer, tweak levels or curves to get the sea brighter and drop a grad layer mask over the sky to leave it as it was.

hope this helps,

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Sep 2012 1:20PM
Good Morning Mark!
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 2:57PM
I am surprised that you didn't think to correct your horizon as this is otherwise nice work.

The correction together with Albert's use of 'lighten shadows' makes for a nice mod.

13 Sep 2012 3:43PM
Mark, the pier gives a great line to your comp and I think the angle to the beach works well, as to mods, the up load works well but from following your other work I prefer your upload as the moody dramatic tone from your comp sits very well. Ok I'm more pulled to the darker side of shots.......another super upload m8.

paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 8:20PM
Well exposed and processed. No critique needed.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
13 Sep 2012 10:57PM
I like the way you lined up the sun. Very creative, Mark.

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