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The Bollard

By alistairfarrugia    
Three Variants, which do you prefer, if any at all! Critique always welcome.

This is an HDR image.

PS: In V2, the bollard was left in a SOOC state - no rotations applied. It was wonky in fact! In the other variants, I applied a counterclockwise rotation.

Tags: Sunset Landscape Sea Island Long exposure Hdr Malta Bollard Landscape and travel Filfa

Voters: johnlw, pdunstan_Greymoon, mrswoolybill and 8 more

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johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 9:07PM
V2 for me.

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 9:12PM
V2 has the focus where I want it, on the foreground bollard, but there's too much top and bottom for me. I think I feel a Mod coming on... Wink
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2013 9:15PM
Well the thing is, and I realised afterwards, that the rotation of the bollard made the whole bollard go soft. I'm using an old version of Paint Shop Pro, and it's likely a defect I got myself. A mod would be appreciated. V2 is the most accurate starting point I guess.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2013 9:21PM
Another version uploaded - duotone now, with more contrast.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 9:22PM
I've uploaded a very quick Mod based on V2 - I've got rid of the blob on the left and cropped to square. I've also darkened shadows very slightly.
To my eye the focus needs to be on the foreground, that's where the eye begins its journey, that's its point of reference, the anchor for the image. But cropping to square creates more of a relationship between the foreground where we stand and the distant horizon. That's how I see it, anyway.
I do like it a lot by the way. It's personal, it's not a Look how clever I am, folks image. That's important.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2013 9:25PM
Good on removing that blob. Totally escaped my attention. An extra pair of eyes always helps! Great feedback Moira as usual. Hope you like the duo-tone. When I saw this caught your eye I immediately thought "mono" and did V4. Hope you like, you're typically a fan of b/w or duo-tone work, right?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 9:32PM
V4 is moody, I like that, but curiously I had not thought of mono here. I like the warm/cold balance in the colour versions. Just that hint of pink can make the blues look so very cold. That gets lost in mono.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2013 9:37PM
Yeah, it's true, the mood changes somewhat here. I originally didn't think of mono either. I like sunset colours, you have to be there in that short span of time that you can get them and typically you don't think in B/W terms when you have a sunset shot. But as a I said, I've associated you with B/W imagery now so when I saw your feedback a B/W "reminder" went off in my mind, and I wondered how this would look in mono, and went ahead! Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 9:53PM
I saw a comment a while back that stuck in my brain, 'Colour needs to justify its presence in an image'. It does here.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2013 9:56PM
That's a very interesting quote. Will keep it in mind!
Alda 5 70 30 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 10:01PM
V2 for me GrinGrin
derrymaine 5 17 Greece
25 Mar 2013 6:07AM
great composition
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 10:13AM
For me the mono works exceptionally well in this case, whilst the colour seems to be like an unwanted Wedding guest...

Regards Nathan Grin

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