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The Pier, Amble

By Phil_Nunez  
I took this shot a few months back on a lovely calm but cold morning in February.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
27 Apr 2009 12:17AM
Warm welcome and a great image to kick things off. - gary

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malc_c 13 2 167 England
27 Apr 2009 4:54AM
Hi Phil, and welcome.

I do like this image, but for me it has a strong and slightly unnatural blue colour cast to it, so in my mods I have compensated for this and have also reduced the general saturation levels to give the image a cold grey February morning aspect. However I have kept the more saturated colours on the lighthouse to give a focal point for the eye to settle on - see below.

There's not a lot you could do about it, but the bright new railings are a disappointment (photographically) and there's a danger that because the end of the pier leads to... well nothing, your attention can equally fall out of the image - hence my keeping the saturation up in the lighthouse to catch your attention.

My second mod goes on to correct the vertical perspectives to make the railings and lighthouse stand vertically, and crops the image to be more symmetrical, although I'm not at all sure if that's either needed or an improvement- it's good to experiment sometimes though.

As a general comment (not aimed at you Phil as I can see from your other landscape work that you already know better than I do), this type of image needs to be bitingly sharp at the taking, for which there is no substitute for the right tools.
VIKI 13 18 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 7:16AM
Well, I love it as it is!!!!!!!!!!
Phil_Nunez 10 21 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 1:42PM
Hi and thank you for your comments everyone. I really appreciate the feedback and will take this into consideration moving forward.
I will also be dropping into your own galleries to get some inspiration along the way.
Malcolm, with regards to the vertical perspectives, interesting point and on closer inspection of my own image I see what you mean.
I've heard of these tilt and shift lenses used for landscape, which I believe control perspective very well. Other than the specialist lens, what are the tools in photoshop that might help me in the future?
malc_c 13 2 167 England
28 Apr 2009 5:36PM
Hi Phil,

Tilt and Shift lenses can do great things...and a lot more than just correcting perspective, but they're not light to add to the bag and a fairly serious purchase for an amateur.

In photoshop (Photoshop Elements 5 and 7 in my case) under filter you will find Correct Camera Distortion..., which will open up a full screen edit dialogue to control all manner of things-

- there's a distortion slider for pincushion/barrel distortion,
- two sliders for vignette compensation (or addition!),
- vertical and horizontal perspective sliders,
- and a horizon angle control

You can turn a grid on and off to help make adjustments and zoom in and out (+ and -) to see more or less of what you are doing.

Personally I don't mind even a fair bit of vertical perspective distortion in building pictures if it adds to the drama of a picture, but I can equally see why an architect would want perfect verticals.

Vignette isn't generally much of an issue nowadays with modern lenses- and in fact the latest cameras correct for it automatically for lenses they recognise too, but I find adding in vignette can often improve an image artistically by centring the viewers attention on the main subject.

So I personally find the camera distortion filter really useful, and for more than just the obvious distortion artefacts.

BTW, I've really enjoyed the pictures on your web site.
apierzchala 13 17
28 Apr 2009 10:24PM
Sorry Mal-C, but I disagree about the colour - I think that the image is just fine as it is! At either end of the day the light is bluer and may be magenta/pink too. Our eye-brain combination "corrects" the colour to what we have learnt to be be "normal" but I do believe that similarly "correcting" a photo detracts from its impact. This image was taken on a "lovely calm" day, so why alter the colour to a "cold grey" aspect? It's perosnal taste of ocurse, but we need ot be aware that such mods can take away what the photographer was trying to achieve.

But I do agree the point about sharpness all over and there a couple of minor compositional niggles that could be improved on (easier to spot after the event): 1. the end of the pier ends on a bright patch of water, it might be better to end on the dark horizon; 2. there is a slightly distracting bit of land on the right of the frame. Otherwise, it's great. Rgds., Adam
alansdottir 11 60 7 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 10:01AM
Hello and welcome - I see you've had some good feedback on this already and I'm not sure I can add anything. I do like this image, though I think I would have tried to place myself dead centre on the pier - and, yes, the small headland distracts the eye rather. Carol

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