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Lighthouse

By moe_101
A view of Usk Lighthouse at Newport Wetlands.

f11
1/4 sec
ISO100
18mm

Critique is always very welcome.

Tags: Lighhouse Usk Landscape and travel Newport wetlands

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Comments


CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2011 12:21PM
You have done well with the sun here Moira so it is not too intrusive and the burn out is minimised. Nice and subdued lighting. Also a good decision to go tight in on the lighthouse as there doesn't seem to be much of interest in the foreground. I was wondering what it might look like to have the lighthouse a little lighter - hence the mod.

best wishes

Catherine
Daffy1 14 407 Ireland
4 Mar 2011 4:58PM
NIce composition but I felt the gravel in fore ground added nothing , so Igot rid of it. I think the colours were a little balnd so incease in saturation. Damian
Morgs 13 20 62 Wales
4 Mar 2011 5:19PM
Hi Moe,

This is one of your best shots to date IMO. This has good quality running through it. The composition is good. I know this place well, and there is nothing to use as a foreground to the lighthouse other than a fence leading off the rushes, but it's not strong. Your placement of the lighthouse in such a position with the sun offset to the left is a winning combination IMO.
It looks like you have masked the lighthouse against the sky, and on my monitor I detect a very faint halo. This is quite a difficult subject to mask, but one way wold be to harden the brush more, and get in really close to the edges of the lighthouse. It's laborious work, but would be worth it in the long run. So, with that in mind, I would also move the middle slider in levels slightly to the right. I saw that your histogram was nicely balanced and that you had the whites and blacks correctly exposed without clipping them too much. By darkening the sky just slightly, you would create a more dramatic sky with the nrighter lighthouse, and the two combined would really set it off.

Hope this helps. It really is a great image.

Dave

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