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Troubled Waters

By Nick_w      
OK I've decided that I'm not going to let the camera problems beet me.

I will have to work on old material for a while, but the blessing is that I have at last produced a mono I'm happy with.

Let me know what you think. I will get around to looking at a few PF's over the next couple of weeks.

Please give it a chance by peeking at the large version.

Tags: Mono Black and white Saltwick bay Landscape and travel

Voters: Richsr, DOGSBODY, geoffrey baker and 108 more

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martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 7:54PM
Very much better than anything I have done out there....and rather brave to be out there with the tide in Wink

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
16 Feb 2009 7:54PM
Like your composition and the tones in this - well converted too.
Regards Richard.
cdm36 14 391 7 England
16 Feb 2009 7:54PM
Works for me Smile
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 7:56PM
The large version is amazing....
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
16 Feb 2009 8:00PM
A Beautiful perspective and exposure detail and tones.
co 14 3 3 Netherlands
16 Feb 2009 8:00PM
dramatic, awesome and wonderfull composed...
so much impact.. realy amazing !!!!
A winner in my eye's !
16 Feb 2009 8:03PM
Lovely tones in image espec. in the water. Pity about the metalwork coming out of the wrecked boat. Someone should bend it out of the way or even better cut it off !!
jamescoates 11 44 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 8:06PM
Great shot, really like the composition.
Works very well in black and white.

Andycln 10 26 3 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 8:20PM
Great atmosphere.

SMlLER 9 9
16 Feb 2009 8:20PM
Lovely shot.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
16 Feb 2009 8:22PM
So dramatic Nick and very glad to see you back.Keep hanging in there.
jimpy1 9 England
16 Feb 2009 8:25PM
Great drama, I love it.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Feb 2009 8:31PM
Desperately needs an RC. So have one...! Smile

Edit: Too late. Must click quicker!
wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 8:37PM
Lovely tones and mood to this one
d3looo 9 16 1 Slovakia
16 Feb 2009 8:39PM
Cracking shot!!! Great mono tones.

CC 9 51 Wales
16 Feb 2009 8:39PM
Love it... very dramatic!
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 8:40PM
Mono gives this a compelling atmosphere aided by you excellent processing Nick.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
16 Feb 2009 9:06PM
Thanks everyone. I'm over the moon how well this has been recieved for a mono. Smile
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 9:06PM
A very beautiful image wow
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
16 Feb 2009 9:11PM
Good for you Nick......stay with it !!
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
16 Feb 2009 9:28PM
Thanks team.. its a big surprise, but for one of my monos to get an award means so much to me. Thanks again Smile
LesF 11 182 9
16 Feb 2009 9:45PM
Superb mono Nick and congrats on the HC

Oh and welcome back mate.

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
16 Feb 2009 9:46PM
Well done Nick.....keep yer pecker up Smile
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
16 Feb 2009 9:56PM
Cracking mono conversion. Just read about the accident with the D300. Bit of a downer but all the more reason to bounce back!!
This is a superb piece of work, glad you posted it!
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
16 Feb 2009 9:56PM
Well done on the HC, Nick - - well deserved too Smile

Fran x
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 10:21PM
Good to see you're sticking in Nick, and a great monno to come back with. Worthy of the HC.

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
16 Feb 2009 10:51PM
Thanks for all the kind words. It is really appreciated.
ali graham 14 102 Scotland
16 Feb 2009 10:55PM
Wow, cracking image.
Very dramatic.

mroch06 10 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 11:10PM
Sezz 13 617 15 England
16 Feb 2009 11:23PM
Looks fab' in mono, like the crop and presentation! HC - my congrat's Nick Smile

Sarah *
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
16 Feb 2009 11:45PM
Give it a chance? I think this pic is simply fab - the water looks as though it's seething, and stripping the meat off the skeleton of that old boat. That bit of metal sticking up adds to the tension in the twisted hull too.

I like this a lot!
MikeH 13 217 4 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 8:03AM
Good angle, well done on the HC although I still prefer the colour version,
porty2003 14 97 Scotland
17 Feb 2009 10:16AM
Great stuff
StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
17 Feb 2009 11:38AM
top notch love the misty water.

17 Feb 2009 1:25PM
love this pic even the twisted metal
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
17 Feb 2009 4:23PM
LARGE is unreal mate, well done.

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
17 Feb 2009 5:03PM
Thanks everyone, really happy with the reception this got. Things must be looking up just got delivery today of the Colormunki won in the Christmas draw - no excuse now not to calibrate the screen. Smile Smile
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 9:29PM
Welcome back Nick Wink The large version is stunning. Congrats on the HC.

pmorgan 11 217 13 England
18 Feb 2009 9:31PM
Nice way to come back mate - excellent stuff!

stevemelvin 12 675 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 12:00AM
Cracking mono conversion Nick. Love it.

19 Feb 2009 12:44AM
Excellent one of the best I've seen.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
19 Feb 2009 7:31AM
Very good mono Nick and the comp is spot on as is the subject interest, the only slight thing that makes me wonder is the well illuminated hull but completely black strip of upright metal, was this intentional or due to ND Grads?
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
19 Feb 2009 8:11AM
Youre spot on John its down to the grads, not easy to get around it. I got some detail back in the RH of the hull that pokes up, using an adjustment layer set to screen, filled black and then painted back in with with white, however I couldn't drag anything out of the metal strip, partly down to the fact it doesn't have too much detail, I tried everything, curves, dodging, pseudo HDR, anyone with any other suggestions? There is a bit of detail tho in the print.

What I'm quite pleased about is that no one has picked me up on what i've done to the image? (Clue have a look at my last submission) Wink

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
19 Feb 2009 8:21AM
Just to follow up on the last post, this was taken at the same time (now I've given the game away), this was a true HDR (6 shots 2 shots apart - no grads) so I've covered all the range and theres not much detail - part of the problem is the harsh backlighting.

Well thought out Crit John, marked it as helpful.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
19 Feb 2009 12:15PM
To get the detail in the metal strip I guess you could have taken an exposure for the hull and metal then another for the sky and manually blended the two together in PS with a mask layer, I've done it on fairly flat horizons but not sure how tricky with the metal sticking up??
I didn't notice either one as being HDR
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
19 Feb 2009 6:38PM
I won't be going back at high tide to try, as it was perilous, and after recent escapades I think I will play safe from now on. But I could have done a couple of exposures and masked etc, Idid something similar here Wink

Thanks John
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
20 Feb 2009 8:21PM
pleased to be 100.lesley
21 Feb 2009 11:20PM
The moody atmosphere and contrast is awesome.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
23 Feb 2009 9:48PM
Thanks for all the kind words.
HowardA 11 231
10 Mar 2009 10:24PM
Great work Nick - the conversion is excellent. Congrats!


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