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Blackpool lifeboat crew

By yorki50
this was taken on a misty day. A grab shot as I was walking on the beach

Tags: Portraits and people


paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2015 5:57PM
A decent image. Assume inshore Zodiac crew as there are only three. It is reasonably obvious what they are.

I winder if you really needed 1600. The result is a touch flat and grainy. I realise it was misty but the lower the ISO the better for quality. Usually.

I would run the burning in tool along the water and pier at the top to reduce density a touch.


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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
2 Mar 2015 7:01PM
Its a decent quick shot.

Probably a sacrilegious thing to do, but what about a 16 X 9 crop that removes the pier?

Done in the mod with colour temp and contrast tweaked.


yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
2 Mar 2015 7:11PM
thanks for the critiques guys
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
2 Mar 2015 8:25PM
There's nothing wrong with using higher ISO and geting some graininess on misty days if you like the effect, and it's an effect that does suit such weather.
It can inject some mood, which raises images beyond pure record - yes I can feel the chill of a dull day by the sea!

Having said that, you could add some noise in software and get it just as you want, and still have a clean original. I notice you used f/13, which would point to the use of such an ISO, though conversely a high ISO would necessitate f/13. Neither of which are necessary. The guys are all pretty much in the same plane so you don't need extensive depth of field - not that you'd get bags of it with a 200 mm lens anyway. And the smaller apertures are not the best for optimum lens quality. So ISO 400 and f/6.7 would have been sufficient.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2015 9:24PM
The technicalities have been covered, Garrie.

For a grab shot, this is very good. I like the brightly coloured clothing, the men in full stride, and there being three of them, odd numbers work extremely well in any composition.
Although they were moving, your shutter speed was good enough to capture them sharply without any blur.
I particularly like the marks in the sand, which might otherwise be very uninteresting.
The pier at the top is a big distraction.
Your men are all in the centre of the frame, and offsetting them looks better.

So the only thing I'd like to address is your composition.
In my modification I cropped the top and left, then added some canvas at the bottom, giving them room to walk into, and placing your men in the top left of the frame.
I cloned some sand into the bottom area, brightened the image, lifted the shadows to give a bit more light on the men, and sharpened. A Levels adjustment then added a touch more contrast and brought out the clothing colours a lot more.

So, at the time of shooting, I would have suggested including more foreground sand and leaving the pier out altogether, then composing your image with the men offset.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2015 11:30AM
Technicalities have been covered. It's the quirkiness that I am enjoying. Three is always a good number, it creates balance with contrasts. Here we have one guy out of step with the other two, that's strong! Two right hands down, one raised; two helmets held out at a slight angle, one right down.

I like the idea of cropping off the pier, it weighs the composition down, makes it top-heavy. Pamela's mod works for me. This is about the space that the men are advancing into rather than the space that they have left.

This is almost natural selective colour, there are times when man supplies the only colour in the world.

So I shall be perverse and suggest b&w. I think they would look more like astronauts returning from a mission. It would suit their purposeful demeanour.
dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
3 Mar 2015 7:38PM
I'd query the f/13 - slightly wider would be fine for lens quality, and allow greater freedom from noise.

I want to keep the context, so I have cropped from the bottom and right, to leave the pier in view. The original is rather centrally composed, so needs some sort of cropping, I think.
yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
4 Mar 2015 7:43PM
thank you everyone for taking the time to critique my work

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