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Newquay Harbour

By dplatt2000
I've been after this shot for a while, and this particular evening it all looked like it would come together, so I grabbed the kit and ran down the road. The valerians are only out for a few weeks each year, and I needed a high tide to coincide with the evening sunset. A 0.6 hard grad held back the moody clouds hanging above the town, and to make the most of the stiff breeze blowing, I used a 3 stop ND to bring the exposure down to 1.5 seconds, which also added a lovely bobbing sense to the boats!

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 5:34PM
I'm afraid i find the very out of focus flowers in the foreground very distracting. So obviously movement. The scene is reasonable but, subject to treatment, not terribly sharp.


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15 Sep 2012 8:52PM
The flowers aren't out of focus, as stated the exposure was deliberately brought down to introduce movement into the foreground...perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, I personally like to see a sense of movement in photos...It would be interesting to hear other people opinions of this. I do agree Paul that it does not look sharp on here, I cannot understand why, as it is a pin sharp image - perhaps it is due to it having been resized when I posted it?
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 11:17PM
As I understand it, resizing does need extra sharpening.
One of the members banehawi will give you exact instructions on how to do this
if you send him a Personal Message. you'll find him under Members.
I appreciate what you were aiming for here and I think you've achieved your aim very well.
You've choosen a good point of view to take your image.
The blurred flowers are what we'd expect with slow shutter speed and o provide f/g interest.
I'll be interested too to see the experts views.
P.S. My maiden name was Platt.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 9:04AM
It is difficult without the EXIF to give an accurate assessment of the results of that, but whatever, the slow shutter speed will of course give movement on your image but the flowers could of course also be out of focus, they ceratinly do appear so. Is there also a slight slope down to the RHS?

After some considered thought I feel the flowers are better omitted, but as this is the picture that you wanted then so be it.

I am not over keen on the colours but as this was evening perhaps that is what is depicted. Uploading full EXIF certainly helps to give better critique. Lens FL aperture and ISO. You have only provided shutter speed.

arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
16 Sep 2012 1:51PM
you are right. it come together. the blurred flowers are no problem for me. my eyes are focus on the boats. beautiful, i really like this angle. it showed all harbour and the view.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
16 Sep 2012 2:13PM
For me, the flowers simply look blurred and would have to go.
As regards sharpness, that's something that I've often struggled with. Perhaps you'll find this helpful.

16 Sep 2012 7:58PM
thanks for the info on sharpening, it is indeed a somewhat complicated matter, and something I feel a lot of people do indeed struggle with, myself included. Indeed, if you look at some of the professional's websites, their photos look only "OK" compared to a real life print which is simply mind-blowing!!! Exif data has been added...
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:04PM
I do actually say the lack of sharpness in the flowers is obviously movement. I think sharpness can be an issue on this and any site needing images compressed to 600 pixels and often high JPG settings. We should maybe be less critical on some aspects of sharpness. My latest offering, the old lady in the shop doorway, is pinsharp at full res on my big monitor, but not on the site. It is very difficult to sensibly sharpen a 600 pixel image.


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