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A Word to the Wide

it looked like a nice day so a trip over to New Brighton to see what was on the river was in order, however when we arrived there the cloud was setting in and it looked a bit grey.

Nothing daunted I thought that I could try out my new lens, a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom, on my favourite subject, Perch Rock lighthouse.  You can just see the Irish ferry in the far distance.

I also decide to see if my HDR technique has improved, not by that much I see. This is generated from 3 images taken with a 4 stop spread using Photmatix Pro and then touched up with a bit of levels in Photoshop. Still room for improvement here.

A Word to the Wide

it looked like a nice day so a trip over to New Brighton to see what was on the river was in order, however when we arrived there the cloud was setting in and it looked a bit grey.

Nothing daunted I thought that I could try out my new lens, a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom, on my favourite subject, Perch Rock lighthouse.  You can just see the Irish ferry in the far distance.

I also decide to see if my HDR technique has improved, not by that much I see. This is generated from 3 images taken with a 4 stop spread using Photmatix Pro and then touched up with a bit of levels in Photoshop. Still room for improvement here.

comments (7)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Sep 2007, 09:14
Your wide-angle lens is making me want to get mine out, Les. Haven't used it yet but am eager to do so on the Amsterdam canals, especially at night.

I LOVE lighthouses, so this is an idyllic shot for me against the lowering sky.
Les Auld: Glad you like it Ginnie, the wide angle seems to workl well but I think I need some more practice. I would like to see what you could make from it in Amsterdam.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Sep 2007, 09:50
First about the picture. Great composition and the stretched foreground works in the template.

About the HDR - just a bit of sharing. I have done some work - bracketing and using Photomatix. My current thought is that the program has issues aligning vegatation. If I look at your pic, the tower seems sharp in focus and the moss covered rocks seem slightly blurred. My picture http://www.louis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Dynamic_ranges_/ has the same inclination. (Unfortunately loaded for the old template).

I find that HDR works best with a good spread of colours and lighting. Typical with a sunset where your camera either picks the lower (dark) half or the lighter (top) half for light reading - depending on the angle with the camera. The colours in the different parts of the picture will become more visible. An HDR sunset at http://www.louis.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Good_morning!_/
Les Auld: Thanks for the comments Louis, much appreciated. The originals were very flat and the HDR treatment has brought out quite a bit of colour, especially in the sky and the seaweed.

I think the problem with the blurring of the moss seems to be more associated with me not being able to handhold for three consectutive images without a bit of shake being introduced, the only answer is a tripod for this sort of work.

Appreciate the comments on the links as well.
I love visiting other parts of the world through Shutterchance. Now I've been to New Brighton. Lovely shot.
Les Auld: It's great travelling around the world sitting in a chair, come back soon, Thanks Mary for the comment.
  • Max Arty Black
  • limbering up for todays sports extravaganza
  • 12 Sep 2007, 11:51
Nice subtle HDR, if I could only say that about all of them,not a big fan of the overboiled ones, anyway, composition excellent, tonal range spot on and just right for this new template size.
Les Auld: Thanks Max, it is a fine line between getting it right and overdoing it with HDR manipulation, appreciate the comment.
The wide angle lens has worked a treat but not so sure about the HDR. HDR was designed to extend the dynamic range when the prevailing conditions compressed all the tones into one end of the scale or other, ie too bright too dark. This image is flat and not really a good subject for HDR.

What this is short of is the lighthouse to be popping off the screen, it just looks dull and lonely.
Les Auld: Thanks for the comments Alistair, appreciate them.

The originals were very flat and the HDR treatment has brought out the colour much better, especially in the sky.

I think you are absolutely right about the problem, the lighthouse looks lost in the middle distance whereas it should really stand out as the focal point.

Regards Les.
Les, as you say, I believe that the image needs certain improvement. Now already it is good, only lack to make it magnificent. As far as the lens it seems that it works well, right? wink
Les Auld: Thanks for the comemnt Jose-Angel, Alisair has put his fingerd irectly on the problem and has given me much food for thought here. Appreciate the comment.
This is a really lovely photograph. Straight to my likeys. All the best, Dave.
Les Auld: Thanks Dave, appreciate the comment.

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