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True Colours

By pmorgan  
A friend directed me to one of the most inspiration online portfolios I have ever seen yesterday. I won’t put the link here, but if you type “Absolutely Nothing” into a search engine, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. The thing that impressed me the most was how striking the images were without being over saturated. Mike Bonsall on this site is another great example of not overdoing it.

So, although nowhere near the standard of Tristan’s work, here is my offering, taken the same evening as “Tumbling Tide”. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the way that Tumbling Tide came, out and it is one of my favourite images to date. It would just be nice to see if an “Honest” image can do just as well on here.

Just to recap, I am not against vibrant work; I just wanted to try something different!

With that in mind, in this case more than ever, if you have time Please view LARGE!


Tags: Sunset Cornwall Rocks Beach Sea Landscape and travel True colours Un-saturated

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User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 9:59AM
Excellent, i like the understated look, with just the hint of colour in the sky.


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pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 10:03AM
Thanks Mark!

Just to make things clear, I haven't desaturated this, I just haven't ramped the colours up from the original.

sketch 11 1.5k United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 10:18AM

sarah x
I'm of the old school where hopefully the quality of the light and colour can show through without ramping up too much, it's a fine line between darkroom work and over saturation, you do it well my friend.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
5 Oct 2008 10:36AM
This is a beatiful image and your P/F is certainly one of the best on site, my aim is to quietly improve to an extent that my work becomes worthy of a mention by someone as good as you, so its upwords and onwards. - gary
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 10:38AM
Thanks for the kind words - much appreciated!

Simon_Palmer 11 759 11 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 10:40AM
It's a tough balancing act uploading images here for votes etc. and yet still trying to keep it natural. If only we got paid by the click hey, I was joking with the guys on the Edge last Saturday about this very subject. Some pictures in my own pf for instance have cost hundreds of pounds to take, travelling day after day and waiting etc. I imagine it is the same for a great many landscapers here too.

There be nothing wrong with this Paul, mind you there be nothing wrong with just about all your other stuff. You pull yourself down a little too easily at times my friend, you need to stop that. There are many people on here and other sites that enjoy your work and I am one of them. This is a great shot and compliments your pf very well, look forward to more of it.
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 10:43AM
Beautiful ....... love the subtle tones and gorgeous light. Works just as well as saturated colour if the light and composition is this good.

flyingseale 11 400 3 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 10:53AM
I've never felt that your work was ott anyway. To my eyes, this is only a little more subdued than the rest of your pf (give or take one or two perhaps).

pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 10:55AM
Cheers guys - glad this didn't bomb.

mark_elford 14 61 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 11:01AM
No way it didnt bomb.

I viewed large, and was almost sweapt away by the current. It does have a sense of realism, that some of the more beautifull images in your portfolio some how dont convey the same.

All great images.
5 Oct 2008 11:16AM
Fantastic image great PF.

Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
5 Oct 2008 11:47AM
Great capure, true to the title

martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 12:06PM
Lovely work Paul Smile
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 12:20PM
Has a more natural look and better for it.

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 12:45PM
Interesting. this natural versus unrealistic debate. I think all of the best landscape photographers on EPZ ( you included, Paul) apply their own interpretation to the captured scene. Besides the compositional and technical skills, it is this interpretation that gives each photographer his or her own unique and recognisable skill.

The art is in ensuring that the qualities of the scene - the reasons you set your camera up there in the first place - benefit from (and are not overwhelmed by) the "interpretation". Your PF, Paul, shows that you're a master of that art.
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 12:51PM
I'm very humbled by some of the very kind and comprehensive comments that people have very generously given their time to write here - Thank you, sincerely!

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 1:36PM

Quote: his or her own unique and recognisable skill.

Style, not "skill". Smile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 1:40PM
knew what you meant Ian Smile
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
5 Oct 2008 1:42PM
I am amazed how you keep getting these shots without the spray ruined them....
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 1:47PM
Believe me Cole, for every one on here there are ten ruined versions!

SWMahy 10 21 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 1:48PM
This is still unmistakably yours, Paul, and very fine it is too!
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 1:52PM
Cheers Steve!

Jou©o 14 56 Finland
5 Oct 2008 2:06PM
had to be yours, Paul........ ever....

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
5 Oct 2008 2:38PM
So refreshing to see natural colours

Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Oct 2008 2:53PM
Like the natural tones and you compostion - well captured.
Regards Richard.
5 Oct 2008 3:18PM
Very good image, very good debate as well, either way love your work, you have the knack of producing excellent images jevery time
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 5:31PM
Must say I'm pleased with the results here:

Tumbling Tide - 78% view to click ratio
True Colours - 73.6% view to click ratio (so far)

Goes to show you don't need to ramp those colours up!

daibev Plus
14 311 Wales
5 Oct 2008 6:28PM
Excellent image. Lovely image.

5 Oct 2008 6:57PM
u r king of seasidepics man
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
5 Oct 2008 7:00PM
This is an incredibly brave upload, Paul!

Full marks for posting it, although I'm guessing it perhaps alludes to some deeper artistic malaise, as evinced by some of your recent "photographer's block" comments.
Having viewed your pf many times and seen the evolution therein from page 1 to the present of the "Morgan" look, it's interesting that you are perhaps now asking the questions of yourself: "Why am I doing this? Is this right?"
You appear lately to have banned yourself (currently) from using your HDR technique in your workflow, and with this upload you appear now to be questioning how far to process an image, especially when prefaced by this..."It would just be nice to see if an “Honest” image can do just as well on here..."
Yet despite these apparent self doubts (I assume, and could be wildly wrong!), you have still achieved an image of the unmistakable "Morganness," characterised as ever by impeccable timing, composition and colour sense, albeit in a slightly more muted form when compared with the rest of your pf, although one could never accuse any of your images to be garish or over the top or, indeed, overprocessed.
What you have done with this image is to ask the questions of us all: "What is a photograph, and what am I hoping to achieve by creating it?"
There are those who believe that no post processing should ever be done; that the camera is all and no amount of electronic wizardry could ever be deemed "honest" and that it's somehow cheating to do so.
There are still many others who vehemently don't subscribe to this view.
No doubt this debate will rage into eternity.
Personally, I think that camera, tripod, filters, self-timer, mirror-lock-up, film, lenses, computers, software, post-processing are all merely tools to be employed in the pursuit of evoking a similar emotional response in one's audience as that which prompted the photographer/artist to make the image in the first place. How much or how little one uses these tools is largely determined by the photographer's taste and skill.
Clearly the responses to your images demonstrate your mastery of the tools at your disposal. So whichever tools you choose to use or not use, you should be proud of your image-making skills.
I like the way you see the world: I can smell the sea and feel the wind in my face...

Oh dear, written another book Wink !!

All the best,
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 7:18PM
I would love to say something profound in response to that eloquent dialogue Bill - but I can't, wouldn't even come close!

You seem to know me better than I do (bit scary really!) thank you very much, not only for the award, but for taking the time to put into words what I was trying to express with my image!

All the very best
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
5 Oct 2008 7:25PM
You are most welcome, I'm sure!
LesF 11 182 9
5 Oct 2008 7:42PM
You do some exceptional work Paul and this is another fine example of that.

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
5 Oct 2008 8:16PM
Its a strong shot Paul - I think the rocks work well in the foreground, giving a lead into the shot.

I think we need to vary our work to keep it interesting, I for one have been doing HDR's for ages and I'm just a bit bored of the workflow, so decided to have a change and do some pano shots.

I guess you'd developed one of the most recogniseable styles on the site, you'd see the thumb of a highly dramatic sea-scape, and know it was one of yours. There is a fine line between consistency and predictablility, so I think trying a different "thing" will hopefully give you a new challenge.
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Oct 2008 8:22PM
Thank you all!

Yes Ade, I think you are right, it is one thing being known for something, but another to become "stagnant"

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
5 Oct 2008 9:17PM
Beautiful shot, lacking nothing by being faithful to the scene.

HUMIE 11 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2008 11:09PM

Quote:I've never felt that your work was ott anyway. To my eyes, this is only a little more subdued than the rest of your pf (give or take one or two perhaps).


Still got that unmistakeable Morgan feel to it Paul !!

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2008 11:22PM
Well done for posting this Paul, I am really glad it has done well. Interesting comments too.


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