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No Fishing (re-posted)

By Taff
Hi Folks,

Sorry for the repost - ain't posted anuthing for a long time. Renewed membership last week and buggered up my first upload in some time. Ticked the critique button, but didn't realise people couldn't click when you did this. Anyhow ----

Listened to 'some' of the critique, ignored some of the other critique - here's the amended version. If you prefer this version please let me know. (Original version is in my PF) Original story follows:

Been a long time since I posted (Sorry)

Saw a photo featuring Penarth Pier on here the other day and was 'inspired' to put a similar one up.

Was my old 'stamping' ground in my teenage years, spent many a drunken bank holiday afternoon scrapping with the mods and rockers!

Taken with a Canon 20D - was originally quite flat as it was a dreary day. Added brighter Sky, added Bluer (Is that really a word?) water - added a bit of motion blur to the water - tweaked a few colours.

Probably overdone it a bit - but hey, creative freedom and all that.

It's nice to be back.


Tags: Summer Piers Penarth Landscape and travel

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22 Aug 2006 8:01PM
Very nice screams to be b&w to my eyes though. Nice colours, could work well as a moody b&w..worth a shot?
jimbo_t 18 959 England
22 Aug 2006 8:09PM
Great photo. Would like to see one shot right down the middle of the pier too.
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
22 Aug 2006 8:13PM

afyfe 18 270
22 Aug 2006 8:49PM
yep superb lines!
wbk666 16 61
22 Aug 2006 9:10PM
this is absolutly stunning, words fail me.

well done
bumbleb3 16 358 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 9:15PM
lovely shot.I like this a lot.everything so sharp and clear.lovely
I love it as color! not always a fan of B&W when color looks really neat!
Dotrob 16 Wales
22 Aug 2006 9:45PM
Good shot,super sky.
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2006 10:02PM
My favourite pier for photographing!

This is superb! the composition, lighting and colours are excellent.


ps, I would also consider uploading it in b/w
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
22 Aug 2006 11:00PM
Definitely better, - and an HC too!

stanner 16
23 Aug 2006 11:14AM
Great composition and detail. Glyn
16 13 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2006 12:13PM
Lovely image, well taken pierscape!
23 Aug 2006 5:34PM
i commend you on your composition, really good, however cant help but be disappointed that its just another photoshop make up job...whatever happened to getting it right on the day!
Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2006 8:56PM
well done with the HC, greatly improved
annaliese 17 421 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2006 7:29AM
Very nice, congrats on the HC.

The bit you replaced the blackboard with, did you copy to new layer? as you could have done a levels adjustment to bring the colour closer to original, not being picky just a little tip someone taught me Smile
paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
24 Aug 2006 9:03AM
I notice you took all of Michael Philips advice on this one. Well done and congrats. Paul
duncan clarke 18 350 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2006 12:12PM
It's a greeat image. Great eye for a picture. It does look manipulated to me, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It may be that I only notice because I do a lot of manipulation on images myself. Obviously no-one could have been able to get this image on the dull day you visited without working on it, no matter how good they are with a camera.

A few things that I'd look to improve on future projects;
- fringing around the downspouts nad the railings on the left. When editing, zoom right in with the eraser set to very small and feathered to remove them
- The cloning of the blackboard needs work. The colour is slightly out and could do with lining up a bit better.
- Match your noise. The pier image is a little noisey/grainey. This is not a problem in itself, but the sky and water are clear of noise. Maybe try to replicate the noise across all areas to help them match up better.
- The water scale/level. Don't know what it is about the water, but it doesn't quite look right. Is the horizon on this in exactly the same position as the horizon in the original? If so it may simply be the scale on the water not matching the pier. The water image was taken from much closer to the surface I believe.

It may seem quite harsh comments, but I really do like your image. The difference in light on the pier and the background gives it a very "cold" feel, like an impending storm or eclipse etc.
Nick_Hilton 17 599 2 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2006 5:14PM
Saw this photo mentioned in the forums so had to look.
I think its very well done! Nice and sharp plus excellent composition. Deserving of its HC
9 Sep 2006 4:28PM
Have been busy lately and have only just come across this amazing photo. I just wish that I had the gift to see and compose such photos.
LourdesV 15 4 United States
12 Dec 2006 6:48PM
This reminds me of one of my shots! It says "fishing" to scramble and look for it...sooo funny. Your style is full of love, no wonder you're spending time with that momentous love! Wink
8 Jan 2007 11:17AM
Excellent work Martin !
Taff 17 59 Scotland
9 Jan 2007 8:23AM
Probably a bit late now - just wanted to say thanks to all of you who commented.

Duncan - your comments were particularly useful, you pointed out a number of 'flaws' that I wouldn't have even thought of.Thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive reply.

Leo 20 48 9 England
27 Jun 2008 9:59AM
The rather unconvincing water horizon line aside Taff, I like it very much, a touch of feather maybe could have helped?. Just an added suggestion, as I can tell you enjoy your PS work...why not add a tiny touch of light to the lamp, as if it's just come on and not reached full potential? Easily done by selection of the lamp glasses and use of render/lighting in PS..great fun too LOL

Taff 17 59 Scotland
29 Jun 2008 6:53AM
Hi Leo,

Like the idea about the light in the lamp, wish I'd thought of that!

The sea - yeah, I did over cook the motion blur a bit Smile

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

Leo 20 48 9 England
29 Jun 2008 8:16AM
You'd be surprised how useful render/lighting can be, you can get great effects with it Smile


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