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rocks & sky

Thanks for all the comments on yesterdays upload...

Actually managed to get out with the camera yesterday evening for half an hour, albeit with the kids in tow. This was taken at Penmon Point, but I was determined not to do the lighthouse or Puffin Island! Conditions weren't ideal but i really liked the movement in the sky.

4 images combined in Photomatix and tweaked in Photoshop. Not sure if its too simple so would be interested in c&c.

Thanks for looking... Chris Wink

Tags: Sky North wales Sea Anglesey Digitally manipulated Penmon Landscape and travel

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sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 9:45AM
very nice shot indeed
well compiled


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pmaclll 12 5 Scotland
25 Aug 2008 9:47AM
nice capture
JONTHELENS 11 34 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 9:52AM
Nice work to it, good comp and colour.
25 Aug 2008 10:22AM
It works well, beautiful composition and lovely colours,

timjnngs 10 3 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 10:41AM
Nice photo I like to colours and the composition in this photo.
G_Hughes 10 19
25 Aug 2008 10:43AM
I like this one very much - its simplicity works.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
25 Aug 2008 10:59AM
Lovely HDR.
25 Aug 2008 11:46AM
That sky is amazing, it brings everything together really well
CC 10 51 Wales
25 Aug 2008 8:47PM
Thanks all for taking the time to comment Smile
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
25 Aug 2008 10:29PM
Excellent - wish I lived 30 minutes away from such stunning coastline - superb image

robway 13 318 Wales
25 Aug 2008 10:32PM
Excellent f/g and I love the way the clouds radiate across the frame.

Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
26 Aug 2008 7:42PM
Looks OK to me... a bit of a halo near the left hand rocks perhaps, but a very nice image.

If you Google Map Amlwch you should get a satellite pic up that shows Amlwch and Llanbadrig (Cemaes) and the coast between. The obvious big bay half way along is Porthwen. You can zoom in a bit and the brickworks are on the left coast of the bay, between the two beaches. I'm guessing now about parking, as I've walked from Llanbadrig, but if you drag the map south a bit you can see a lane. It has a prominent track leading zig-zag towards the bay past a large squareish rock formation and a big round hump in a dark green field. The entrance to the track looks big enough to park in safely and allow the farmer to access it.

Perhaps we should have an Ynys Mon Meet for all the locals? Wink

Cheers, Goggz
CC 10 51 Wales
26 Aug 2008 7:59PM
Thanks for all the comments - there is a halo around the rocks, that seems to be the way Photomatix works. I'm still finding my way around the software at the moment and trying to decide which bits I like Wink

Cheers for the Porthwen info Goggz, I'll have a look. Could be up for a Mon Meet if the weather lifts... Wink
woodgag 10 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2008 8:46PM
WOW, Love the sky, great colour and comp
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
30 Aug 2008 7:22PM
Hi Chris,

If you have a halo like that around the rocks, you probably have the Light Smoothing set too low... but as I'm sure you are aware, messing with that will require further messing with the other controls!

Have fun...
Cheers, Goggz
31 Aug 2008 8:27AM
Great shot,Love the sky,David
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
2 Sep 2008 12:15PM
Just love the sky on this shot Chris! I'll have to pop up to this neck of the woods myself as it is only 3/4 of an hour away. Really nice shot. I get 'halo' when using any HDR software whether it's Photomatix or CS3. I still haven't figured it out yet and messing with the light smoothing only reduces it slightly mmm... if you work it out - let me know!!

Fantastic image.

Andy Smile
CC 10 51 Wales
2 Sep 2008 8:37PM
Thanks Guys. I've only just treated myself to Photomatix and have so far just been playing. A case of RTFM perhaps? I can get a more subtle result (without the halo) but at the expense of the 'dramatic' (some may say cartoonish) effect. I can also avoid the halo by going for a pseudo-HDR rather than using multiple exposures. You make it sound very easy Goggz...
I bet if I take the time to look, someone will have produced a tutorial that covers all of this Wink Meanwhile, will keep playing until I get the chance to get out again with the camera.
Why is it that we only seem to get decent / dramatic weather whilst I'm working???

Will keep my eyes open for you on the Point Andy. Could be another local mini-meet in the offing...

Cheers, Chris
superb shot.ray
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2008 7:41PM
i find if i use very high (rh side) on light smoothing it helps with the halos, but yes the drama decreases too,

love the sky,
steviehutch 11 18 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2008 9:17PM
beautiful image , love that sky!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
13 Sep 2008 9:36PM
Superb skyscape with just the right FG
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
28 Sep 2008 8:30PM
Brilliant use of the lens with that fabulous sky.

Well done Chris, I like this shot a lot. Composition, rocks and sky excellent. You did say you were determined not to include Puffin Island and the Lighthouse.
People often say there needs to be a subject but this is a case where rules can be broken.
The other rule that we keep getting told about is the rule of thirds again cannot critise what you have done, would only consider options. Like the diagonal formed by the rock edge, it forms a rectangle with the sea triangle. Because the sky is so so good there is a case to make the rocks and sea to be in the bottom third and have 2 thirds sky, making the sky the main subject. Difficult to explain in words but I hope it makes sense.
It is a cracking picture anyway you look at it so it gets my vote.
23 May 2009 9:58AM
my favourite shot !!!

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