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The boy stood on the burning deck...

By sherlob  
Thanks for the great response to my last post - who knew a dead duck could prove so popular. Thanks especially to Pete for the HC.

Todays image is actually a test shot. I have an idea for a new project, but I need to perfect my technique. Here balancing the image has proven difficult...and I can be seen as a ghostly figure within the circle (my editing skills were not unto the job of removing this). Comments on how to improve would be very welcome.

Still this is my 400th upload! So I thought I'd add some fireworks to celebrate.


Tags: Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Light painting Landscape and travel Pickmere Flash and lighting Wire wool

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 12:46PM
A Very Happy 400th. to you.
A very brave exercise. I think I would have chosen somewhere a bit drier to risk falling over.

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SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
15 Apr 2012 6:23PM
The background's a bit too light to hide the figure but you've got the wheel pretty much nearly there I reckon.
sherlob Plus
10 2.8k 126 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 6:42PM
Thanks both (and the voters).


The problem is not so much the figure in the wheel (although that is a frequently cited problem with this type of image - and one I have an idea about solving - filling the wheel), nor the shape of the wheel itself, but rather the balancing of the burn against the sky. Currently, I suspect that there is too much of a conflict between the highlights of the sky and the burn. That said the plume of black smoke that came from a nearby power plant doesn't help balance the image and I find this pulls my eye away from the intended focal points.

I am thinking that the trick maybe not to point directly in the direction of the brightest part of the sky, but rather to go adjacent to it - or alternatively to shoot just a little later in the evening on a longer exposure (this was 120 seconds). The silhouetted horizon line also is too domineering in this scene in my opinion - but again I'm not entirely sure.

I must admit to being please with the degree of lighting the burn gave to the jetty - this hasn't been lifted post production as much as you might first think.

Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
15 Apr 2012 6:43PM
Happy 400th, certain look impressive when you get it right
Regards Richard
Goggz 9 2.3k 72 Wales
16 Apr 2012 5:11PM
Looks fine to me Adam Smile

Is that dark streak of cloud the power station exhaust then? It doesn't compete to me. I guess you are on the right track if you're thinking of doing it a bit later in the evening, but I really don't find I'm bothered by seeing your ghostly figure inside the ring.

Good idea... I know of a jetty near me I could use... Wink

Cheers, Goggz
Amazing! Great Work!

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