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DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
19 Jun 2009 2:59PM
You obviously know far more about processing your images than I do but I do know that this is a lovely image. Very dramatic. Great.

Wilmot 12 338 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 3:03PM
Stunning image
Sezz 16 619 15 England
19 Jun 2009 3:07PM
Indeed very dramatic, looks good to me! I'm glad that lovely old boat is still there, will have to make another visit soon!

HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
19 Jun 2009 3:22PM
Nice work. At first glace it looks like a very nicely exposed and composed shot of an abandoned boat. Onece I read your describtion I realized it was more than that. Then I went to your portfolio and look at yesterdays photo. Now is clear what you have done. Need to look at both pics together to see. Great job
19 Jun 2009 3:26PM
Your compo is excellent the colours & lighting are spot on & the blending is absolutely perfect. If this is your first attempt you've hit the nail right on the head my friend. Well done.
SashaB 11 Northern Ireland
19 Jun 2009 3:37PM
Excllent work - your efforts have paid off.
BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
19 Jun 2009 3:46PM
Asking for votes, eh!?! That's a new one, Tim!
I hope it works for you. Personally, I wouldn't measure the success or failure of your image on how may votes it gets, rather by whether or not you are pleased with it.

This and yesterday's image are both very well composed and are pretty successful first attempts at blending. Both display a good colour sense and a good feeling for the tonal balance in an image.

I think, however, that your masking technique could do with more work. Not easy, by any means, but definitely possible. Takes a lot of practise and is why the Photoshop Gurus get paid bug bucks!

Both of your images show a bit of "muddiness" in both sky and foreground and sometimes slightly brighter haloes at darker areas, which is symptomatic of inaccurate mask painting.
Shift-alt-clicking on the mask thumbnail will display the mask as a red overlay on the background image, which will help with accuracy.
Also varying the size, opacity and hardness of the brush you use will, with practise, help refine your technique.
Alt-clicking on the mask thumbnail will reveal only the mask, and this can also be helpful in identifying any patches you may have missed.

For even more refinement you could look into luminosity masks which can be used in addition to more standard masking techniques and provide even more tonal control.

I think both images could do with a bit more contrast work to avoid the "HDR look" unless that is what you are trying for, in which case you could maybe shoot an HDR set and use Photomatix. It would still need further contrast work, even then.

All in all, I'd be pretty happy with these first attempts had they been mine.

And yes, this gets my vote; you didn't have to ask! Smile

MNPHOTO 12 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 3:56PM
AIIen 11
19 Jun 2009 3:59PM
i agree with what Billy said about the mask.
But a nice Image with good composition.
BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
19 Jun 2009 4:02PM
"bug bucks" should, of course, say "big bucks"!!
Er...slip of the typing finger! :-0

VIKI 14 18 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 4:04PM
Well I think it's very atmospheric!!!!!
Emu72 12 7 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 4:19PM
WOW thanks for all the comments!

Bill - Thank you for spending the time to explain some areas that I 'sort of' knew were wrong - the biggest issue I have is that I am using elements and do not have access to layer masks (just watched a video on utube of how to's..) maybe I need to search for a free plugin or something. Thanks once again for the feedback & votes Wink
I am happy with the image, but knew that blown up it would show the issues highlighted by Bill.

Regards Tim
motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 4:52PM
shandoor 12 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 5:02PM
A superb image lovely dramatic sky great composition and lighting love it very well done
RAUL 12 Italy
19 Jun 2009 5:11PM
Great tones.
fatmod 14 22 England
19 Jun 2009 5:27PM
cracking capture
Kevhan 12 4 England
19 Jun 2009 5:35PM
It works for me, nice one.
19 Jun 2009 5:41PM
fantastic shot.
Ian-Munro 13 200 15 Wales
19 Jun 2009 7:10PM
I ain't no Guru and thats why it looks ace to me - well done indeed. Ian
neonknight 16 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:28PM
Another stunner nice one,John
SWMahy 13 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:36PM

Quote:do not have access to layer masks (just watched a video on utube of how to's..) maybe I need to search for a free plugin or something.

I also use Elements and use just such a free plug in to enable me to use layer masks. I find in invaluable. In fact I don't think I could manage without it! I'm really impressed with how well you've done without them. Great shot this.
Emu72 12 7 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:37PM
Thanks to all for the comments, I am really shocked at the response ;-0

Regards Tim
SWMahy 13 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:38PM
Sorry, I can't remember where I got the plug in, but it was not hard to find. Was one of the first I found with a Google search.

I'm on the hunt for a proper curves tool too. I think the Elements Curves function is pretty shoddy. Smile

Emu72 12 7 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:39PM
Thanks Steve - funnily enough I have just found a free plug in for elements 5 and will try this out on my next shot from Dungeness - fingers crossed Wink
Emu72 12 7 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2009 8:42PM
The plug in was for layer masks not curves, still using just levels.

Thanks again!

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