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Re: Ashness Jetty

Thanks for all the comments.

I decided to try a mono version of the second one


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Re: Ashness Jetty

Alf, 11/10 eleven out of ten for this CLASSIC image ! Its superb the first that is

For me, this is one image that is best in mono and with no border - because I want the image bleeding off into the page/screen or wall if mounted SUPERB !
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Alf, 11/10 eleven out of ten for this CLASSIC image ! Its superb the first that is

For me, this is one image that is best in mono and with no border - because I want the image bleeding off into the page/screen or wall if mounted SUPERB !
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Re: Ashness Jetty

The second is better in mono but no match for the first one.
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The second is better in mono but no match for the first one.
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Re: Ashness Jetty

I'd be very happy to have taken any of the three versions :-)

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with (1), the clouds could do with being more blurred, in my opinion = longer exposure; perhaps use a ND filter if necessary, or go when the light is lower, or both.

with (2) perhaps reduce the saturation and use Noise Ninja or similar to reduce the slightly blotchy colouring and - erm - noisy noise

with (3) I find the HDR-type effect near the skyline of the hills a bit distracting - anything you can do to lessen that ?

Other suggestions - (a) try cropping out the distant hills (especially might work for image (2)/(3))
(b) try a lower point of view, to have the wooden posts above the skyline instead (this might not work)
(c) try a very shallow depth of field to isolate the jetty from the hills, possibly in combination with (b), too.

Ooh, and a final suggestion to while away the long winter evenings - how about combining the clouds of the second with the rest of the first - seeing as how you seem to have maintained the position of the tripod between the two shots ?
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Re: Ashness Jetty

I love your first picture, Alf. Especially the reflection of one of the pillars on the wet wood is great. What exposure settings did you use?
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I'd be very happy to have taken any of the three versions :-)

Suggestions:
with (1), the clouds could do with being more blurred, in my opinion = longer exposure; perhaps use a ND filter if necessary, or go when the light is lower, or both.

with (2) perhaps reduce the saturation and use Noise Ninja or similar to reduce the slightly blotchy colouring and - erm - noisy noise

with (3) I find the HDR-type effect near the skyline of the hills a bit distracting - anything you can do to lessen that ?

Other suggestions - (a) try cropping out the distant hills (especially might work for image (2)/(3))
(b) try a lower point of view, to have the wooden posts above the skyline instead (this might not work)
(c) try a very shallow depth of field to isolate the jetty from the hills, possibly in combination with (b), too.

Ooh, and a final suggestion to while away the long winter evenings - how about combining the clouds of the second with the rest of the first - seeing as how you seem to have maintained the position of the tripod between the two shots ?
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I am aware of the things you say and I did use a ND filter to get the 4 second exposure used. Thanks for the comment its always interesting to read other peoples thoughts on my work.


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I love your first picture, Alf. Especially the reflection of one of the pillars on the wet wood is great. What exposure settings did you use?
FV1974 glad you like the first shot.
The first shot was taken when the sun came out using my variable ND filter shutter speed 4 seconds aperture f22 ISO 200. ISO 200 was used due to the loss of dynamic range at ISO 100.
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Re: Ashness Jetty

The second for me by a country mile, Alf. Love your balance between land and sky giving emphasis to the subject.
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The second for me by a country mile, Alf. Love your balance between land and sky giving emphasis to the subject.
Thanks Mark I can see how it would be favourite of them.
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Re: Ashness Jetty

Definitely the first one for me Alf... cracking shot.

The only thing I can think of is to try adding a bit more contrast to see if it gives it a little more oomph...
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Definitely the first one for me Alf... cracking shot.

The only thing I can think of is to try adding a bit more contrast to see if it gives it a little more oomph...
Thanks Tim
Any particular part in need of more contrast?
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Any particular part in need of more contrast?
I would play with the clouds and try to lighten the water to make the posts stand out a bit more... (I do like my black and whites to be dramatic! )
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Re: Ashness Jetty

No 1 for me Alf......I would be very pleased with that, in fact i'd frame it...

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I have spent some time looking at No1 Alf, and it just gets better and better.
It is a beautiful image full of mood and feeling.
Well done you!
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