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Top of The Law, North Berwick

By derek_nb
Taken at the Top of Berwick Law in North Berwick, East Lothian Scotland. The trig point with 'Live for The Moment' painted on it, gives the image a boost. The picture is looking north to the Firth of Forth with the Bass Rock towards the right, and between the Whale Bones, there is the island of Craigleith. The original real Whale Bones were removed some years ago, and replaced with these fibreglass replicas. It is one of my favourite walks, up the Law, with my dog 'Sparky' who can be seen in the middle of the frame. The image consists of a number of photographs taken hand held, and joined using the Lightroom Panoramic Merge facility.

Tags: Viewpoint East lothian Trig point Bass rock Landscape and travel Whale bones Firth of Forth Scotland Berwick Law

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
19 Apr 2020 8:13PM
Welcome to epz and the Critique Gallery Derek.
I see you've been a member for a while but this is only your second upload unless you've cleared out your portfolio at some point.

While your description is interesting with details about the location, what we really need for critique is something from you about what you're unhappy/happy with and what you'd like improved. Is this what you set out to achieve, or is there something that hasn't lived up to your expectations?
That way we can be more helpful.

As it stands, I can make a couple of comments.
The overall tone is on the cold side and would benefit from a warmer colour balance. Auto White Balance often gives a cooler look, and while it may do an ok job it's always worth looking to see if adjustments will be useful
Secondly, there are some sharp black lines at the top of the whale bones which look a little odd.

The team look forward to hearing from you.
derek_nb 13 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2020 8:26PM
Thanks for your comments. (I presume this is where I can respond) Regarding the colour balance, I must admit to using Lightroom presets under Classic - General: Auto Settings, Medium Contrast Curve and Punch, which probably explains cool colour balance, but I take on board what you say. Regarding the Sharp Black Lines at the top of the Whale Bones are actually the metal support that connects the whale bones at the top of the 'bones'.

I've only joined as a plus member and posted pictures since I received my free 1 month subscription a few weeks ago, so I have not posted before yesterday.I have been on the mailing list as a free member for many years.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2020 9:45PM
Welcome from me too, I hope you will find the Critique Gallery useful. I've uploaded a very quick modification. I warmed colour, which this needs - have a look at the white of the trig point. I adjusted the horizon, which slopes down - I also addressed the curvature.

You have assembled this well. A pano composition needs a sense of progression, from left to right, which this has. I do feel that it lacks the grandeur of the sky, it is the view as seen through a gun embrasure. But I do like the way it recedes from the pivotal 'Live for the moment' sign.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
19 Apr 2020 10:24PM
If you use the White balance setting in LR, and select AUTO for it, it will make the image warmer rather than cooler.

Loaded a mod with barrel distortion corrected, slight rotation, and white balance closer to daylight. Mice wide engaging scene.

chase Plus
16 2.3k 589 England
19 Apr 2020 11:56PM
Hi Derek and welcome.
The barrel distortion was the first thing I noticed, but at 6mm it is going to happen.
This is a good bit of scenery and I like the way you have used the ' live for the moment' sign as an anchor on the left, it does make the viewer follow the way in with interest all the way from left to right.
Nicely put together, lovely scenery.
Would have liked to have seen a little more sky tbh as it is a touch tight at the top.
Detail is good and I like the patchy light falling on the fields to the right.
Well done handheld, I have to admit to being pretty terrible at that Sad

Just the couple of corrections as have been mentioned and you have a nice panorama.
I hope you enjoy your time on the site and thank your response, we do like a bit of a two way street.
derek_nb 13 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 7:50PM
Thanks for the comments and advice, which is very useful. This picture has been used on one of a range of Greeting Cards that I sell through Newsagents in North Berwick. Overall they are DL size, but I leave a white border, and a larger border at the foot where I put the title/description.
I also used to sell canvas prints of this image through local tourist attractions. I had a range of pictures of three different aspect ratios 3:1, 4:1 and 5:1. Although it was always temping to make the canvas prints 5:1 for most impact, it was actually the 4:1 aspect ratio canvas prints that sold most. The picture above is 4:1 aspect ratio. I'll put up another panoramic picture shortly for comment.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
21 Apr 2020 6:58PM
I've commenting on this after putting a few words on your mono panorama.... So a belated welcome from me, too.

The distortion, I think, is less of a function fo the focal lenght, and more to do with pointing the camera downwards... Shooting with the lens axis horizontal and turning the camera on end to take a larger number of frames in portrait format might have allowed you t oavoid it - assuming that you didn't do that anyway...

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