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Old Mar 1, 2007, 5:01 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

This is another shot taken from the Gower Peninsular, South Wales. The wood in the foreground is actually the remnantsof a large ship that ran aground in 1887 during very stormy weather. The vessel was called the the Helvetia and as you can see not much is left of her!

Anyway I thought it would make a great subject. Please let me know what you think. Many thanks,

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Old Mar 1, 2007, 5:49 PM   #2
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Matt,

What a beautiful picture. I love the colors. Do you mind letting me know what your camera settings were? If I would have taken this picture it would have come out over exposted because of the shooting into the sun. I get frustrated but love learning. Thanks!

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Ah, the remains of the shiplooks likeStonehenge!I also liked the golden glow in the image which is so appealing and meanwhile hinting thecargo of the vessel somehow!I think some 10% of highlight adjustment at PS. would not hurt ; )
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"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

From Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley





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Old Mar 2, 2007, 2:02 AM   #5
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Many thanks for your comments guys, they're really apreciated!

Gilbil, here is the exif data for the shot: 1/20s at f/stop 22, ISO 100 at 12mm

I used a tripod, maximising depth of field with a small aperture and compensating with the a slower shutter speed. I couldn't go to slow with the shutter speed for fear of blowing out the highlights. All ways use the cameras histogram to make sure you dont lose any data. After trial and error i found that the above settings enabled me to capture maximum data. Also i always shoot in RAW format for the following reasons:

As i shot in RAW i created two exposures, onw for the foreground and one for the sky, thus increasing the dynamic range of the shot and then combined them in PS. I could have increased the dynamic range by using more RAW files at varying exposures but i didn'tr want to over cook it. The finishing touch was to play with the curves and levels in order to create a velvia look to the image ie warm and saturated.

But as Bahadir correctly pointed out i missed the fact that the shot is still slightly under exposed. Sometimes you look at these things for so long you miss the obvious! well done Bahadir :lol:

The Edit The Barbarian made although slight has made the shotperfect and his wonderfull quote is the iceing on the cake, or in this case the barnacle on the ship!!
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Old Mar 2, 2007, 5:00 AM   #6
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Matt

I liked both the content and the shot.
Keeping all the elements (blue of the sky, pale blue of the sea, yellowish surface, the shadows) visible while having double sun is a succes I think.

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Many thanks Emre, i must admit this shot took a lot more post processing then i intended, especially with the raw files, curves and levels, however i feel that i have accurately replicated what i saw on the day. :|
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The environment in the photo resembles to those created by software Bryce 3D if you've heard it any.

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Old Mar 2, 2007, 5:30 AM   #9
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I have never heard of the software. What is it used for?
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Old Mar 2, 2007, 5:31 AM   #10
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That is an excellent photo. Very nice:!:
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