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Talisker Bay

By Alan_Coles
Thanks to those that gave comments & critique on my previous upoload. Seems the colour popping didn't go down too well. As I mentioned in my original post the evening was late when I arrived at Talisker and the shots turned out quite dark. The sands of Talisker are black n white so there is not much colour but it does lend itself to some lovely patterns n stuff...The seaweed was a slick green colour. I was able to extract some detail through HDR and then turn into mono leaving the brightly coloured buoy I though might give it some did but not in a favourable way...there you go Smile Cassiecat asked to see the colour version so I am posting it for viewing but I will post for critique rather than allow people to c&c.

Lesley, I have toned down the buoy but for me now looking at the original out of the camera it looks unnatural.

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 8:42AM
The scene is lovely. I've put a couple of fingers over the buoy in order to hide it and to me the image is much more balanced without it.


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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 8:44AM
still like this a lot nice one Wink
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
27 Feb 2010 8:55AM
think this one works so much better than the mono. although you dont feel the buoy looks natural, i really think the full on colour would overpower the rest of the image.had a fiddle although no major changes.lesley
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 9:24AM
a huge improvement IMHO the detail in the foreground is amazing seeing it in colour - the buoy is almost insignificant but still a good part of the picture - like it lots
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 9:49AM
Great composition and lighting. Paul
27 Feb 2010 10:06AM
Excellent seascape!!.
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 11:10AM
a great image, i agree however that putting a couple of fingers over the bouy for me improves the image, but that is just something personal! the colours of the sky are lovely and soft and its a stunning bit of coastline x x
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 Feb 2010 11:37AM
Excellent land/seascape Alan. IMHO the buoy looks too much out of place and the shot stands much better without it.
27 Feb 2010 11:58AM
nice shot - but I too would prefer to leave the bouy out - it looks kinda artificial and incongruous in a way that for me personally doesn't add anything to the image. that is only a personal choice though. I really enjoy this version.
cheers Ann
Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
27 Feb 2010 12:01PM
Ah Talisker(my favourite whisky), looks a good place Al,is that the giant waterfall you directed me to on the right? Not sure about the buoy but its an interesting idea, could do with being a little more weathered perhaps,good effort though.
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
27 Feb 2010 12:08PM
Thanks all.

Gaz...the waterfall you went to was Kilt Rock on the north east penninsular near the Quiraing - this is on the west side of the Isle and wish I had gone back there the next day to have a better look as it was nearing would have loved this place but think you did rather well with the images you came back with...just for the life of me can't understand why they haven't got more attention??????
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 1:02PM
I think this is an excellent shot and I'm really pleased that you posted it. The seeringly bright sunset and the bizarre intrusion of the buoy suit each other perfectly and give an almost alien feel to the landscape. It's almost as if this thing has dropped from space and injected colour into a grey world.

Without the buoy, it's a pretty routine shot — especially with the burnt-out sunset — but the buoy makes it special and different. Let's face it: of all the sunsets and seascapes you see on ePhotozine today, which one are you going to remember tomorrow?

OK, I'll stop gushing. I've posted a mod, which everyone will hate because I tried to undo your toning down of the buoy. Smile I wouldn't post that on its own but I did also dodge the waterfall a bit to make it stand out more. I tried giving it a bit of an orange tint to link with the sunset and the buoy, which I thought was a neat idea but which looked rubbish so I undid it. Grin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Feb 2010 3:03PM
I much prefer this in colour. Loved the mono but the bouy bothered me. This is excellent! Thanks for posting it..........Sandy
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 9:40PM
i like this in colour but thought it looked a little bright for the time of day so i played with a mod to darken it down without losing the saturation.
its a lovely shot brightened up by the inclusion of the bouy.
well seen and taken
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
28 Feb 2010 12:32AM
Many thanks all for the comments and mods, especially those that came back after I took down the mono / coloured popped version. looking at the comments above there is mixed feelings about inclusion of the buoy and also the saturation level of the buoy itself. In a pm to someone I mentioned the colour was very bright anyway and for my own personal thought I did like the punch it gave the image....All mods have their attributes and thanks for taking the time to play about with one of my images. I have gone through my stuff and can't find one that had this angle without the buoy but I think i have explored enough of Talisker Bay until hopefully I return to the place again!

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