Lighthouse photograph

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  1. Bryan

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    Here's a picture I took recently...I quite like it.

    What do you think? (all comments/criticism welcome) :Smile:


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  2. aba

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    well my first thoughts were what a nice red rock oh look theres a light house.

    nice pic though.
     
  3. Stephen & Jeannie

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    Ayres Rock (or whatever It's called now ) ah la Horatio Nelson !!!:Cool::Cool:
     
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    I like it. The contrast in colours between the rock and the lighthouse are very distinct and pleasing to the eye.
    Its a shame that there's a barbed wire fence in the background
    Jim
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  5. Stephen & Jeannie

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    Everybody now rapidly scrolling back !! I did I must confess ! :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  6. JeanLuc

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    For me, the main interest is the late sun bathing the rock face. I think the lighthouse does not add much to it because there are two strong visual elements vying for my attention. I might have been tempted to go in closer and concentrate on the dramatically lit textures in the strata. Perhaps a natural abstract image?

    There might be a second picture from a more distant viewpoint, showing the lighthouse shining out within its environment. That way, the rock would not be the dominant element and the lighthouse would become the main focus.

    A third picture might be to go in closer towards the base of the lighthouse and showcase the somewhat crude hand of man (barbed wire fence) juxtaposed with the elegant construction that is the lighthouse, within a beautiful landscape. You would need to move to the right to achieve this.

    Having said all that, it's your picture and represents the important things that you wanted to record. It's always easier to come up with other ideas when: you are sitting comfortably; you don't have to contend with the fact that there might have been some real eye-sore off-camera, preventing any other composition.

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  7. hilldweller

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    Poor composition.

    The rock has little merit as a picture and the lighthouse is falling off the edge.

    Rule of Thirds !
     
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    I find my opinion on the photo, lies somewhere between a rock and a hard place.......:RollEyes:
     
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  9. Craig Rogers

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    Rule of thirds is ok, top of rock is the top third, lighthouse land is bottom third.

    I think if this photo in it's element was to work a little better then cropping the right a little would draw the attention to the light house. For me, due to the lighthouse needing more of a portrait, it gets lost a little in the wide landscape. For this to work as it is, then the frame is too full, backing off the zoom (or moving backwards) would resolve it.

    Saying that, I do acutally like it and if you like it, who cares! Photography is very subjective and that's what I like about it. :thumb:

    I hope you don't mind me doing this, but I had a quick edit of the photo to what I would of done. It's the crop I mentioned, but I also pumped the contrast a little to bring out the shadows.

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  10. hilldweller

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    I can't see anything to grab attention in the rocks but here is a classic composure on the lighthouse.
     

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    There we go.
    I like the picture which ever way you do it.
     

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    I like it.Not sure I agree with RULES in photography.
     
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    I'm of that opinion..

    rules are made to be broken.. shooting by rules ends up with a decent picture .. but not necessarily a great one.. and in the digital era we can shoot till our hearts content .. doesn't cost a penny to break and bend the rules and often with surprising results.


    As for Bryn's picture.. I like it..

    I may have shot it differently or taken several shots from different angles and distances then decided which one was the best .. it would make a good desktop wallpaper..
     
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  14. hilldweller

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    Stood the test of time for 2000+ years.
     
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    Referring to Brian's comments about 'nothing in the rock' I was suggesting an abstract approach. A couple of examples are attached, but obviously, if one was doing this properly, the result would be better as these are based on a very small crop from the original picture.

    As hdvrod says, forget the rules, it's your picture. I don't think Picasso or Dali got very far by following rules.
     

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    I've had a couple of quick tweaks, which is how I would make this sort of image 'pop' out of the screen. For me, the light has to stand out from the rather nondescript sky, and I've done in the first one by progressively burning the corners, then burning the top 1/4 a bit more. The second one has a rather more dramatic split filter applied.

    Both have had the true vertical established and have had the fence and vehicles removed.
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    Just my interpretation at the end of the day. Thanks for giving us the opportunity of messing about with YOUR picture.
     
  17. keith

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    Like that idea Jim :thumb:
     
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    Well now, much as I like the photograph, where are the people?

    I mean I normally forget to include people's heads or legs or I have telegraph poles coming out of funny places - but to miss out the family completely - that's a first :Blush:

    Dick
     
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    Subtle, very subtle.
     
  20. Craig Rogers

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    Not so sure I'd remove the fence, as it takes too much away from the photo making the lighthouse look odd. If the framing was done to remove it, fair enough. I'm a keen, what the camera see's should remain person.
     

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