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World in motion

By Nick_w      
I'm trying a few new things (again!!) I would appreciate any comments, although I know this wont be to everyones tastes. I'm trying for a "fine art" look (for want of a better term).

At the request of Marktc "Taken at Spurn Point about a month ago. About an hour after sunrise, I used a LEE 10 stop "Big Stopper" to accentuate the movement in the Sea and Clouds, to help create the drama. This was further accentuated in Silver EFEX and Photoshop CS5, to create a somewhat surreal image, that I hope you find a little different."A big thanks to Martin for the user award, and Malcolm for the GEA on my last image.

Tags: Landscape Seascape Black and white Digitally manipulated Spurn

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Richsr 10 91 223 England
10 May 2012 9:46AM
Like the movement here Nick. Good mono tones too.
Regards Richard.

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Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
10 May 2012 9:49AM
Takes a good land/seascape for me to take a 2nd look, what a stunner and the mono tones just add to the drama, lovelt stuff!

10 May 2012 9:52AM
Works fantastically well for me, with "movement" to the top right third of the image. Really love it.

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 9:53AM
It definitely has that 'fine art' feel to the mono conversion. I think the minimalist composition helps that although your clever arrangement of the features coupled with the dynamic element added by the movement in the long exposure packs a lot of punch into this image! What software did you use for your mono conversion? I ask because I struggle to get this type of beautiful tonal range using PS Elements!
HowieR 7 20 3 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 9:53AM
Fine Art indeed- great treatment
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
10 May 2012 9:54AM
Nice lighting, and good water movement on f.g.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 10:01AM
Thanks everyone.

Al I used Silver EFEX to convert the image, that said I can get a very similar look in photoshop ( I've used CS2and CS5), all I would say is don't be afraid of pure black and pure white.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
10 May 2012 10:08AM
The superb tones certainly give this a Fine Art look, although I'm not sure exactly what that means.
All I know is it's beautifully smooth and gives a feeling of speed, and the tonal range is excellent - punchy without being harsh.
10 May 2012 10:23AM

BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
10 May 2012 10:29AM
Looks like you hit on the right recipe, Nick.

Another superb, minimalist mono.

Personally, I don't think the grey background and the thin white stroke are particularly flattering for mono images as they are a little distracting from the beuaty of the tones contained within the image itself, although I can see why you chose them. IMO, simplicity is where it's at with mono, as you have so ably demonstrated with this and your last.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 10:34AM
What I am enjoying is the contrast between the very careful technique and the random scattering of objects. 'Deceptively simple', as they say.
But I agree with Bill above about the grey, it doesn't do anything for me.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 10:34AM
Thanks everyone Smile

Cheers for those comments Bill, it's like you were reading my mind. It was after my last true DM, there was a comment by Eviscera, which really made me think and sit back. I was over complicating some of my work. I looked for a couple of simple compositions and tried to get a certain mood, rather than increasing the number of elements.

Edit:The greys easily changedWink
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 10:35AM
Very much to my taste and yes fine art is a tag i'd use. in terms of comments its beautiful, but i find the horizon very hard as its nearish the middle if I crop the top just a little off the top, the hard top black section reduces and the whole image is less stark - just my opinion in trying to add a comment.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 10:53AM
Thanks Stuart a very valid comment, the crop suggested would probably work (and I originally started with that crop before starting again). The starkness you mention was one of the emotions I was trying to bring to the image.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
10 May 2012 11:06AM
Aha! That's better Smile

Interesting suggestion from Stuart about a crop, which I wholly disagree with!
I think your composition is spot on and there's a lovely echo between the blurred clouds and the f/g sea.
If it was possible, I think a little more room on the left would have been better (although I suspect you are already making use of the full width of your frame) and perhaps a little more room below the bright pebble at right f/g, but that's being really picky!
An excellent shot, imo.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 11:12AM
I did compose with a bit more to the left Bill, there was just too much flare for me to correct ( and I did try) I was so annoyed with myself I didn't spot it on the back of the camera. I didn't spot that pebble, tho it will be cloned out of the print! (tho my wife hates it - so it will go in the office). The border probably draws your eye to it. I will bare that in mind in future.
dathersmith 10 559 12 England
10 May 2012 11:38AM
Works well for me Nick, good composition and exposure and the mono conversion is excellent.

RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 11:43AM
Cracking shot Nick.
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
10 May 2012 11:57AM
She's not related to my wife is she? Wink
martin.w 15 506 22 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 11:59AM
Yup, this is a lovely moody mono. Made a little surreal by both slo mo movement in clouds and sea, but that is a good thing as it works here. I can't comment on the fine art angle, as no idea what that is....though I did read Keithh's blog on it a while back!! Wink
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 12:04PM
LOL @ Bill I dont think i've done one image that she likes !!

Yes I read that blog from Keith, tho mut go back and re-read just in-case Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
10 May 2012 12:08PM
A very surrealistic feel to it, I think, but a stunning piece of work, love it! Wink
Trev Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
10 May 2012 12:16PM
like the mood and feel of this alot.lesley
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 12:29PM
A great image... Would it be possible to add a narrative about the image? Thanks Nick
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 12:30PM
Very little to fault here IMO Nick. Composition is excellent and the spread of tones is very good on the whole. If I was being critical the water movement at the front of the image looks a little bright but to be fair I am looking at this on my work laptop and I am being picky. The adjustment I would make would be very subtle. The posts look a little oversharpened but again nothing serious.
All in all then an excellent image.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 12:42PM
Yep I agree about the posts Derek, probably rushed the upload sharpening (so not too worried) - I will post a mod tonight with pebble removed and the sharpening corrected (looks like only 2 of the posts on this screen).


10 May 2012 12:49PM
LesF 11 182 9
10 May 2012 4:52PM

Quote:At the request of Marktc "Taken at Spurn Point about a month ago. About an hour after sunrise, I used a LEE 10 stop "Big Stopper" to accentuate the movement in the Sea and Clouds, to help create the drama

Missed how cold it was, plus the rain and the hail stones.

Like the idea Nick and the processing just think less could be more with the style you're trying, items in shot I'm refering to.

10 May 2012 5:04PM
I'm a bit new but for me it works really well. I like the crop, the composition and the big stopper has given a lovely effect. Fab image.
Anna_W 6 1 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 5:54PM
A wonderfully dynamic image and beautifully processed. I love the way the movement of the clouds mirrors that of the water with all the lines leading the eye towards the far horizon.
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
10 May 2012 6:08PM
Beautiful image Nick.

Fits the brief well ,simplicity and the balance of light.
MarkBroughton 10 286 1 England
10 May 2012 6:28PM
Fantastic work here. The effect of the 10-stopper here is as fine as I have ever seen.
Uppercut 11 1 Norway
10 May 2012 7:25PM
fascinating photo, with beautiful tones and a soft impact...I rarely comment on landscape photography, but this one struck me as specialSmile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
10 May 2012 8:10PM
Floats my boat in a big way!!!!

colin63 9 6 England
10 May 2012 8:37PM
this is superb and works really well

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
10 May 2012 8:49PM
Wow a big thanks Mark & Paul means a lot.

Thanks everyone for all your comments - it means a lot, especially when those that dont normally comment on 'scapes say such kind words.
HowardA 11 231
21 May 2012 11:25PM
Whites and blacks Nick. Work for me every time! Really liking this style.

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