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Fishing Boat

By davegil  
Taken on Sunday on a very wet and windy day in the old town in Hastings, first attempt with a nd grad filter and I was very pleased with the effect, will be out practising this weekend!

Tags: Fishing Beach Boat Transport Sea Coast Hastings Landscape and travel

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MikeBonsall 17 474 3 Guernsey
3 Oct 2006 3:34PM
not the easiest conditions in which to be out taking photographs by the look of it!

I think you've done a good job with the ND grad here. With subjects that extend into the 'grad zone' as this boat does it's often quite tricky avoiding tell-tail signs of obvious grad use (i.e. the top part of the boat would be un-naturally darker than the bottom).

You appear to have managed to avoid this here.

The composition itself is quite strong.

In the end though although I commend your determination for getting out there regardless of the conditions I think this image would have benefited from some quality, warm light.

Having said that this picture shows a beached fishing boat on a Hastings beach in Autumn, so I guess the lighting is more than appropriate!

Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
3 Oct 2006 8:35PM
I agree with Mike. especially anout the use of a grad in subjects like this. I can't find much to fault about the comp, and again I agree really all it's lacking is a bit of special light

culturedcanvas 17 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2006 8:54PM
Hi - you've done well with the composition. Bad light isn't an excuse for not getting out and taking photos .. there are ALWAYS opportunites to be had in any light.

Its how you use the camera that matters ... i do think that this would benefit from a mono conversion tho, probably in channel mixer, red channel (if u have photoshop)

See some of Paul Stefans work on the site for ideas - a superb mono photographer and a recent finalist in the PP photographer of the year competition!

It will need a little dodging and burning too ... experiment with the settings on a duplicate to get the best idea of what works.


PS - ive just decided id crop the left side .. it doesnt add anything, and losing it would put the total focus on the boat.

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