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OLD SHED Norfolk Broads

By pmaclll
An old boat shed at Reedham on the broads, 3 images fused together . Run through photomatics after photoshop.

Tags: Norfolk Broads Hdr Digitally manipulated Shed

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debu 11 India
24 Aug 2013 8:30AM
Great capture.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 9:23AM
You have done well. I was not aware it was HDR until I read your note. Interesting image in a general sort of way. There are a lot of close up images in there too. The HDR has handled the tonal range, but I think there might be room to brighten the whole thing except the highlights just a touch. Select those and leave them untouched.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2218 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 5:28PM
An image with a story and lots of interest, Peter.
I like the way you have used the surrounding foliage to frame the old shed, and included the water in the opening, giving depth and a strong contrast to the dark inside of the shed. The background water also helps with the story, telling the viewer that boats come in through that aperture. It holds an atmospheric combination of boating paraphernalia, rust and decay, with nature venturing to take the whole thing over.

I think the image would have benefited from having the winch as the main focal point in the foreground, and so you would have needed to focus on the winch and then recompose your scene. As it is, you have focused behind it, inside the shed, where everything is well defined, but the winch is not.

The HDR has undoubtedly helped the contrasts, but the water in the background is still quite bright, even white in some areas, but that could be dealt with in post processing. Also, the inside of the shed is a touch dark. This does help create an atmosphere of age and neglect, which you may well like, but I've sought to lighten it in my modification.

The verticals and top of the shed are not straight, but that may just be because the shed is delapidated. I was tempted to straighten the shed sides and top, but felt it added to the aged atmosphere, so left it as it is.

In my modification I cropped all sides, maintaining your aspect ratio, leaving enough outer foliage to retain the idea of nature's invasion, and the foliage framing the scene. The crop effectively places the "doorway" off centre, which often looks better than a bright area like this being in the very centre of the frame.
I reduced highlights and lifted shadows, lightly coloured in the white water, and reduced the saturation a bit. To help make the winch the focal point, I selectively sharpened it, and the overhanging leaves.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 6:17PM
I'm not a fan of HDR but it has worked well here, giving enough information balanced with enough atmosphere right through the subject. It's a location with loads of potential - nature reclaiming her own. It always fascinates me how different materials, exposed together to the elements, weather to the same colour. Here wood, concrete and iron are all rust-coloured.
The composition has a nice simple formality, which makes some sense of the chaos. It's a good introduction... My instinct now would be to get in there and really explore. Those glossy green leaves against the rust, that coiled steel rope, reflections in the wet floor. There's enough detail to keep me occupied for a day here!
Pamela's comment about the verticals made me laugh, by the way - I suspect that there isn't a single true vertical in the whole place!
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4241 Canada
25 Aug 2013 6:53PM
The image is a real jumble sale, - lots of content.

I think apart from that its way over saturated and too dark.

A crop of space on the left might look better along with sesaturation.

Ive uploaded a mod for comparison.



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