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The 2nd oldes lighthouse in Scotland, Southerness was built by private funding and never actually came under the management of Trinity House. On a clear day you can see all the way to the IOM from the top.

I've included more foreground than perhaps is the norm, but i liked the tones and textures to be found in there.

Thanks for looking, hope you like it, all critique welcome.


Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Apr 2012 - 4:16 PM
Focal Length:20mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Southerness Lighthouse
Username:digicammad digicammad
Uploaded:15 Apr 2012 - 5:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Landscape / travel
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Voters:MattB1987 · Jonny5874 · mhfore · Richsr · marktc ·
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mhfore  8 England176 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 6:28 PM

Hi Ian,

I like the composition with more foreground than the norm as you put it, it's made a strong looking image that works well in B&W. But that said I think you could make it look more like a thunderstorm is about to happen or has just passed. If you have "elements/PS etc" in your blend modes there is an option for "Overlay" select this and it will alter the colours and contrast in a subtle way, yes I know it's in mono but it still works Grin, then, if you think it's too much reduce the opacity (I did to 45%) and erase the effect from the sky and rock pools. Next make a selection of the sky and alter the midtones in "levels" and add a black gradient, this can be found at the base of your layer pallet, click on the half black half white circle and select gradients from the options then, again in blend modes select "soft light" again reducing the opacity if you want then with a soft brush erase from the bottom of the sky if you think it need's it, job done Wink

Ian I have removed seven spots from the sky which could be dust spots, have a look it may be something that needs addressing.

Take care

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digicammad  1221988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 6:36 PM

Thanks for taking the time Martin, your mod is certainly interesting though I think I can detect haloes.

Re the spots, I have some dust bunnies at the moment and forgot to clean them up, thanks for pointing them out.


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