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Foggy.

By paulbroad
WAlking on the beach at Skegness in a heavy sea fret. The weather had been hot a couple of weeks ago and the result was this heavy cold sea fog rolling in. Quite a bit of work with the histogram and curves as the original is very flat indeed.

EOS 7D with 18/125 OS Sigma and ISO200. 1/200 @ f8 - aperture priority. Minus half stop compensation - fog was actually causing over exposure.

Paul

Tags: Beach Fog Man Walk Fret Portraits and people

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ChrisOs 11 2 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2012 1:54PM
Well, this caught my eye in the gallery thumbnails, so that was a start. I like the comp, the concentration on the wooden piles and the man caused by the lack of unnecessary information in the foggy area. I might have cloned away the two isolated rocks half way up the left-hand side, and the single rock between the two piles centre bottom. Interesting concept, I think you've done pretty well with it. Shame no-one else has commented, even though they've looked.
Chris

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paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2012 2:11PM
Agree on the cloning - too many rocks!. It is an ongoing problem, in my opinion, that very few people bother to comment in the critique gallery and that is what it is supposed to be about - some comment. Yes, no, try this, try that. Even the more experienced amongst us need comment and I use this gallery to assess ideas and identify possible successful work for competition or library submission.

It is also apparent that when an image is good, a lot of people say it is, when the image is a little lacking, then few people bother to say anything - Usually just one or two of the critique team and a few other die hards.

I think some think they are not experienced enough to make useful contribution but everyone has an opinion and we can all learn something. I also think that, just occasionally, people think that everyone will like there work - we sometime get introductory comments from authors that say the image IS good. If they already think it is good, it should be in there own gallery, not a critique section.

Paul
vickyf Plus
10 8 8 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2012 10:58PM
This image caught my eye from the thumbnail as well. I like the idea & the mood of the image but I also find the rocks on the left distracting. I would be interested to see this image in black and white with perhaps the figure burnt in a bit to make it more of a silhouette and add to the mystery of the shot. Vicky
xwang 7 55 8
8 Jun 2012 3:55PM
Hello Paul,
I really like the tone of this one.. I remembered that I had seen similar one of yorur before.. I'd like to learn something from this, because I like photos taken in foggy weather, but I can't get it right. As you said that "..a bit of work with the histogram and curves as the original is very flat indeed." I'd like to know how you did it.. I remembered that you said some of my photos were lack of contrast, which were taken either in the winter dull day, or foggy day..I don't know exactly how to deal with the problem.Thanks.
Composition wise, when I first saw it I did think of the two rock on the top... as it was commented above, but I gave a second thought, they form a curve connect with the three posts hold up the whole picture. I imagine, just like two hands hold up something... whateverGrin In order to convince myself, ( when I was writing) I downloaded the picture. I feel it's a bit empty without the rock on the top, but I don't mind to give a futher crop on the top, ( I'll upload it )..The man became a spot, and the different coloured "lines" streach out from that spot. I don't know how to say it.. I mean, like the sun rays..
I prefer colour than B&W.
Jas.
paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2012 8:09PM
Hello Jas,

Fog always seems to give a very flat image. The histogram was short at both ends, so I simply dragged the pointers in and that helped a lot, but contrast was still down, so I opened the curves tool, locked the central point then lifted the top part of the curve until things looked right.

It often seems to me that some people overdo the image editor and that the histogram and curves with a touch of sharpening is all that is needed in 90% of images. Maybe a bit of dodging or burning in too - and that covers most of what we did in the wet darkroom for very many years.

paul
xwang 7 55 8
9 Jun 2012 10:50PM
Ah.. Thank you so much, Paul. I didn't know that the central point can be locked.. You see, really, there is a lot to learn. I tried this image on curve again.. I understand what you meant now.
Yes, if I made the curve more "s" shape, I lost the sense of "foggy"...
BTW, Thank you very much for your very helpful comments on flash and composition.
Jas.
arhab 4 43 2 Indonesia
11 Jun 2012 5:27PM
nice composition, the rule of third applied. but the content not very interesting to me. i like more colourfull. so if the fog are in the forest or ricefield it will be better to me. i'm not the master on technic and you know who i am paul. i'm just mobilephone photographer.
arhab 4 43 2 Indonesia
19 Sep 2012 3:28AM
i look at back at this image. i feel this image is not an easy image. i mean this image is something that must look with seriously. not that image will attrack from the first sight, but the more time i look at this image, the more i like it. there is nothing have to change, just add more time to look, and you will know this is a good image.

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