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Burry Port nr Pembrey

By mikewatson
We were staying at Pembrey caravan site and I took a cycle ride along the coast towards Burry Port harbour.
I was looking for a different perspective of this well photographed land mark and saw this opportunity through the sand dunes and grass.
I have used a slow shutter speed since it was windy to try and capture movement in the flowing grass.
I was quite an overcast morning and converting the raw colour photo into black and white seemed an obvious choice.
I then opened the photo in Photoshop CS3 to tweak the levels locally.
Any comments or critique is always welcome.
Thanks for looking.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:20PM
Technically well done. A fine composition and good mono conversion. Many will love it. On a purely subjective basis the content is not really my thing. Purely personal.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
20 Oct 2012 4:47PM
I like this. Not a lot of movement in the grasses, but still looks good. Theres some detail to be had in the clouds if you use the highlight tool in CS3 and reduce highlights. I did this in the mod, and increased contrast a little. Might be too much, but you get the idea.

This sort of conversion can also be suitable for a duo tone treatment. I think, - not certain, that CS3 has the same ability as CS 5 and 6 for doing this so try it. Mod 2 is an example, but theres a whole range of tones you can use.

If you do Mode>Greyscale and then OK; Mode>duotone, then you should get an option to either select presets, ot use your own tones. When finished, do Mode>RGB and save. Worth a try if only for the experience with PS.

Well done,


Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2012 7:30PM
That duo tone is very subtle...?

An interesting take on a standard view, and it works pretty well, though I think the conversion lacks a little sparkle and it could bear a small anticlockwise rotation (I know the breakwater is level, but the shoreline sets the horizon line, and it slopes). I'd like to see something in the foreground very sharp, as there isn't anything, with the slight wind movement.
Overall though, I quite like it too...I know those 'orrible windswept days by the sea.

kazza12 5 2 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 4:50PM
lovely SmileSmile

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