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Dark Nab

I have seen so many beautiful portraits recently on Shutterchance that I have been inspired by but I realise after some great tips from you lot that I need to go away and practice getting them right in PS. So I thought that I would crawl back to more familiar territory and post what I am used to.

I got my interest in photography from my Dad and he was into landscapes etc so I guess that I have picked up my love of land/sea scapes from him. So when Jide and Esbozos posted the following images it really struck a chord.

http://esbozos.shutterchance.com/photoblog/11180.htm

http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/21766.htm

I recently, by accident found some work by Gerard Laurenceau, who blew me away with his high contrast stuff.

http://perso.orange.fr/gerard.laurenceau/galer03/galer_03.htm

Anyway, this is a shot taken at Saltwick bay near Whitby (a location that I visit at least once a fortnight). I went on Saturday to take some pics but the conditions were not good so this one is from Feb this year. let me know what you think.

I've applied a second layer in soft light mode and blended to suit.

All the best Mal

Dark Nab

I have seen so many beautiful portraits recently on Shutterchance that I have been inspired by but I realise after some great tips from you lot that I need to go away and practice getting them right in PS. So I thought that I would crawl back to more familiar territory and post what I am used to.

I got my interest in photography from my Dad and he was into landscapes etc so I guess that I have picked up my love of land/sea scapes from him. So when Jide and Esbozos posted the following images it really struck a chord.

http://esbozos.shutterchance.com/photoblog/11180.htm

http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/21766.htm

I recently, by accident found some work by Gerard Laurenceau, who blew me away with his high contrast stuff.

http://perso.orange.fr/gerard.laurenceau/galer03/galer_03.htm

Anyway, this is a shot taken at Saltwick bay near Whitby (a location that I visit at least once a fortnight). I went on Saturday to take some pics but the conditions were not good so this one is from Feb this year. let me know what you think.

I've applied a second layer in soft light mode and blended to suit.

All the best Mal

comments (18)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 20 Sep 2006, 00:10
I really need to go out and take images like these. I am really feeling the creepiness of this shot.

Suby
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2006, 00:21
Works for me; the haunting feel to it spot on.
This is perfect.
Wanna know another PS trick? It's called localized contrast. If you've ever used USM (Unsharp Mask) you normally would choose an amount of 125% and maybe a radius of about 0.3px... maybe higher on a larger image.
Well, spin the tables around on that one. Try a larger radius and lower amount. Try 8px radius at 40% (or so). That sounds a little weird... but bejeebers does it add contrast.
To help with that, add a black mask and paint with white where you want to add contrast. Use a soft low opacity brush (30% opacity) when you're painting so the effect is gradually faded in.

Anyway, I don't want to keep chiming in with tips and stuff, but you seemed to enjoy the other ones.

Cheers!!
Mal: Just tried this technique Rich, you keep opening up avenues that I had no concept about. Keep those tips rolling!! It is very very much appreciated. All the best Mal
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2006, 02:20
I dont know what I am going to do with my obsession with duplicate layers and softight. Surely I can't keep applying it to all my shots. NOW, What an excellent shot. MAL, you are one good photographer and you know it. Keep up the good work sir.
Mal: Hey Atunbi, going to be picking your brains about portraits shortly. Mal
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2006, 02:22
Excellent shot, Mal. Well done.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Sep 2006, 03:11
Fantastic shot Mal. Was this early morning and was the sea relatively flat. Richard can come here any time with ps tips.
Mal: Hi Nev, it was fairly early morning and the sea a bit choppy. All the best Mal
  • sk
  • UK
  • 20 Sep 2006, 06:26
this is awesome, awesome, awesome, should I go on, ok I'll go on awesome awesome........... U've inspired me to shot more landscapes
  • darkenergy777
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2006, 06:57
Fantastic use of the slow shutter and excellent composotion.
Excellent work.
  • marc
  • South Africa
  • 20 Sep 2006, 07:41
yup, not much more to add to the above comment, fantastic shot. had some attempts at this too but not as successful as this one, not by a mile. keep them coming
Okay I really want to take shots like these myself especially after seeing the work of Gerard Laurenceau. I can see that he used a few ND filters. Did you do the same too?

By the way this is supertastic.
Mal: Hey Jide, I'm still experimenting with the Gerard type stuff. I forgot to mention above that I had used 2 x ND4 filters so you were spot on. I think that Gerard is using even heavier filters and exposing his images over 4+ mins. Possibly a couple of Hoya IR R72's or even more? All the best Mal
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2006, 09:36
Eeries. Awesome shot!
Beautiful shot Mal, I can't wait to get to the coast again now...
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2006, 17:40
loving that soft blend.....8.75/10
cr=8.5/10
Wow, absolutely fantastic! This is so gorgeous in black and white.
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2006, 22:38
Excellent Mal.
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 21 Sep 2006, 00:06
just amazing, realy well done Mal!!!!

Diya
  • milou
  • UK
  • 22 Dec 2006, 09:46
Rather fab. I also like Gerard Laurenceau's work and also this guy: http://www.davidburdeny.com/
"This will be the last image for a while, i need to understand in my own mind, what it is, that I want to do in future."

Probably to make more fantastic photos like this!

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