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Old May 21, 2006, 12:41 PM   #1
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Here is a Stage and stage head which is now preserved as a museum (note: a stage is a small wharf for small inshore fishing boats and a stage head is a small building near the end of the wharf).

Shot at 18mm with the kit lens.
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Old May 21, 2006, 12:47 PM   #2
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Here is the next door neighbour, not quite so lucky: (sorry about the oversharpening, I will fix it if I get time)
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Old May 21, 2006, 12:58 PM   #3
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I don't usually do composites but this image may explain why it is sometimes a good idea.

(Please note that this is not meant in any way to deceive, I simply could not get there on a nice day "yet")

The sky was shot with a Fuji S7000, the lighthouse with the kit lens at 18mm. Composite created in Photo Shop Elements (original version 1). I would be very careful of directional light if you plan on trying this or your result will look very unrealistic, this one is reasonably successful even as a print.

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Old May 21, 2006, 3:46 PM   #4
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actually ira,
i like the dreary sky of the LH. it's how i picture a lighthouse as being alone..

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Roy, good point, the gray sky does add to the feeling of isolation, especially given the condition of the paint on the house.

BTW, this was only an experiment, I haven't printed any yet except for a quick 4'X6' from my HP to see if it looked realistic.

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Ira,

I think you should go half way, not so much blue, but leave the clouds.

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Old May 21, 2006, 5:58 PM   #7
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or get a dark sky with lightning would be good. that's why it exists
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This is fun! Artistically, I also prefer the grey sky - it's how I think lighthouses should look. On the other hand, your version with the nice sky was very impressive - an excellent example of a technique I've had little success with.
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OK, here is the original by itself:


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And here is a subject that I have photographed several times in the past two years, an old fishing shed.


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