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Storm

By ChrsWeedonPhotography    
I wanted to capture the intense mood of the approaching storm, while balancing the protection of the Pier.

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15 Feb 2013 5:28PM
Fabulous image Smile

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Great atmospheric image.

Nice one.

regards.

Gavin
almiles 6 38 102 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 6:22PM
It worked! Great drama in the sky and the lamps really help lead your eye out and contrast/enhance the darkness. Your mono processing looks very professional too.
oll1e Plus
9 57 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 6:27PM
works wellWink
alistairfarrugia 3 164 88 Malta
15 Feb 2013 6:33PM
With the 1Dx's performance ISO-wise, I think I would probably have opted for a higher ISO and a faster shutter speed, to try and freeze the waves, rather than smoothing them out through a 1 second exposure. Unless, of course, you wanted to create this conceptual contrast between sea and sky.

As I see it though, the relatively smooth(ened) waves give the impression of calmness, whilst the sky clearly shows an impending storm. For a more dramatic effect, I'd try and show the natural elements (sea and sky) in a more raw and powerful manner by freezing the waves' motion. I'm not sure about this, but I think a faster shutter speed might even result in more contrast in the sky, as the brighter clouds would still register as highlights, whilst the darker clouds would probably be a lot darker in such a scenario as opposed to the situation where the shutter speed is 1".

That said, contrast isn't something one can't adjust in post-processing, so that's another tip - maybe boost contrast a bit in the sky to give it a more 3D feel, adding drama.

Regardless of the above, I think it's a wonderful shot! Well done.
iancrowson Plus
6 211 142 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 6:37PM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine.
You have posted this very competent image in the critique gallery. This gallery is an area to receive advice and suggestions on improvements to images and photographic technique.
I reckon you have captured the mood and feeling of the angry sea and threatening clouds.
Really good image. The only thing you might do is light the third lamp in photoshop!
regards
Ian
alistairfarrugia 3 164 88 Malta
15 Feb 2013 6:41PM
Hmm... wish I could light the lamps I have back home with Photoshop in much the same way Ian suggested! I think that's a good tip too! Smile
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 7:30PM
Its a very competent image as Ian say's. You have portrayed the mood perfectly...
Mike43 5 17 21 England
15 Feb 2013 8:11PM
Prefect in every way, but if I had to find a neg than maybe you have just to much sky but that is really looking hard.
Great Mono.
Mike.
fazzer Plus
7 52 7 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 8:32PM
nicely done,loving that skySmile
Thank you for all the comments and feedback. I did try a variation with the third lamp lit, but for me, my eye is drawn back into the manage more with out it lit.
comma 8 108 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 10:15PM
great image
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
15 Feb 2013 10:24PM
Hi,
I'm inclined to agree with Alastair when he says that the sky could do with a touch more contrast, possibly some dodging and burning.
The sea and its milkiness or otherwise is subjective. Personally, I don't like the milky effect anywhere but that is only my opinion and plenty of others will tell you the opposite.
I think the problem with using the effect here is that it tones down the rawness of the image, particularly with the relatively plain grey sky but then, that could also prove to be its appeal.
As I say; it's subjective.

Bern.
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3426 Canada
15 Feb 2013 10:24PM
Welcome to EPZ Chris.

A nicely composed image overall. Making white = white gives it a little boost, as does increasing the shy contrast a little, lighting the blown light, and local sharpening of the waves only. I think leaving the light out does as you say, draw the eye, but only to the burnt light, - you need to draw the eyes to the end of the pier.


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Willie
16 Feb 2013 10:36AM
Well I think this is a wonderful mono image and well created. As much as I like the modified versions, actually I prefer the original, I think you have composed and shot correctly; the exposure and composition are excellent in my view; DoF and shutter speed again are spot-on. Its a work of art!

cheers

Martin
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 7:13PM
hi and welcome to epz,
i love the water, its beautiful and just as i would have wanted it and in fact i have previously taken very similar exposures at Southwold. here i like the contrast with the lights.

its a shame there isnt a little more contrast in the sky to match that of the water but i like it as it is and wouldnt try to change things. probably id have tried a very long exposure at a very small aperature to see if i could get the ten stopper look with starbursts and milky everything else just as an alternative

Phil
paulbroad 8 113 1021 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 7:56PM
Very well done. Your technique and gear show an experienced photographer. However, everyone can learn something on occasion. The only comments here must be subjective, although I might consider a tiny contrast boost. Whilst I get a bit fed up with milky water, the movement here is ideal for the subject and works well.

Mono conversion first class.

Paul
Thank you so much for all of yopur comments and feedback. Just from this one critique I have learnt a lot. I will upload another image today Smile

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