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I'm not sure how this will look on your monitors, my monitor appears to be screwed and needs calibrating. Do you know anything about monitor calibration?

The last of the Plockton series. The scene was heavily back lit with little light getting to the rich tone of the wood. So the camera was set on the tripod with an exposure of 30secs while I used my flash unit set on strobe and wandered round the boat trying to fill in some light under the boat, you can see where it's slightly overdone on the metal runner at the front of the bow.

PS work : Curve layers + USM (I went a bit crazy with the sky but hey sue me) ;-)

All the best Mal

Stranded

I'm not sure how this will look on your monitors, my monitor appears to be screwed and needs calibrating. Do you know anything about monitor calibration?

The last of the Plockton series. The scene was heavily back lit with little light getting to the rich tone of the wood. So the camera was set on the tripod with an exposure of 30secs while I used my flash unit set on strobe and wandered round the boat trying to fill in some light under the boat, you can see where it's slightly overdone on the metal runner at the front of the bow.

PS work : Curve layers + USM (I went a bit crazy with the sky but hey sue me) ;-)

All the best Mal

comments (46)

Wow! Thats really in your face, fantastic!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Oct 2006, 00:14
mal i'm sure someones going to say something about chromasia but this is "MAL". Extremely beautiful shot, thank you for sharing.
hi Mal,
the light in this pic is perfect. nice frame.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 00:20
just fantastic Mal. I love this kind of shot
  • Joe
  • United States
  • 20 Oct 2006, 00:36
Well, I'm viewing it on a laptop screen (uncalibrated) and it looks superb to me. Than I downlosded to my color correctedonitor and it looks even better. This is a great shot
well i give it a 10 mal. well done.
  • Stevo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 00:57
Just some dingy on some beach!
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 20 Oct 2006, 01:25
haha wow, this doesn't even look real... is that a good thing? I guess it is if it gets you 20+ comments in one hour tongue Liking the long exposure effect a lot.
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 20 Oct 2006, 01:25
Make that 10+... my bad.
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 01:33
Oh mal, Oh mal, you're one of the best photographers on here. This is absolutely excellent. Keep doing ya thing
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2006, 01:51
Well, I really don't lilke it Mal smile
No just kidding this picture is amazing !!!! the mood is fantastic, I am just wondering what it would have looked like if you had taken a couple of steps back !!
I am a big fan of your work though if I should repeat myself !!!
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 02:05
Amazing shot Mal. Love the rich tone and the deatil on the wood, the angle, the lighting...its practically perfect. You are very talented, Great work.
  • Alistair
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 04:06
Hi Mal its a cracker, great colours, great sky. I know where there is another one for you to renovate! Here
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 20 Oct 2006, 04:48
EXCELLENT ! Strong composition and an amazing eerie landscape! Great colors too! Looks like everything is perfect here!
Is that water or ice? Love the PP grin
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Oct 2006, 07:19
Love the PP work mal! Absolutely sweet shot!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 20 Oct 2006, 07:40
Very impressive!

p.s. I'm up north on the 28th
Mal: That's annoying Simon, the only week end that I'm away for ages, is that weekend. I'm running the Dublin marathon on Monday the 30th, I fly out from leeds/brad on the morning of the 28th!! Let me know the next oppertunity, I would love to put the face to the voice in my head regarding composition wink Mal
Mal, another special shot. I am going away for a week soon and I intend shooting some landscape stuff with my 5D + various lens. However, it's not my usual thing and if I can get anything like you do, then yep, I will come back happy. My biggest problem with landscape is the usual metering issues that surround high and low brightness scenes, ergo sky and land. Any pointers?
Mal: You are already there as a landscape photographer Diego! You have identified the one very thing that causes the biggest problem. Generally I set the camera on AP and trust the in camera meter reading on evaluative and bracket from there. However, every now and again there is an obvious point in the scene that you would like to be in perfect exposure, therefore go for spot metering.

I've also tried blending up to three different images set at differring exposures! My advice is forget it, it does not work! Therefore, the only way forward is to buy some grad filters. As a start for general landscape stuff I'd buy a 0.6 + 0.3 ND soft grad, it's the only way forward to prevent blowing highlights in the sky etc. Mal
Wow ! Bravo !!
  • Roland
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2006, 08:48
simply MAGNIFIQUE (in french)... bravo Mal !
  • marc
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2006, 09:12
looks great on my screen..nicely done mal

8/10 for pp
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 09:41
that's it mal, uve reached the top....8.75/10
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Oct 2006, 11:37
Great odd angle, makes an interesting photo.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 12:26
Looks good to me Mal, I like the angle and processing choices. smile
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 20 Oct 2006, 12:47
breathtaking. the wood tones are perfect and the contrast with the rest of the components is great.
in fact, the sky adds to the feel of the shot, makes it feel very gothic-y. remove the sailboats and i can actually see vikings climbing out of the boat
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 13:34
Fabulous, and it looks great on my monitor smile
Amazing shot. The colors are wonderful. Nice piece of work!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2006, 14:19
I think the photo is great and it praises the trouble you went for a good shot.

For the monitor setting. Right click on the desktop, go to properties and choose the settings tab. You should see a slide that you can move around for different settings which you can experiment with. If you don't have joy find out which driver matches the monitor and install it. Oh ja - this works if you have MS.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 20 Oct 2006, 15:51
Very cool, Mal. Definitely worth the effort. Love the wood of the boat here. I use Monaco Optix XR to calibrate my monitor monthly and it made a big difference, but there are several hardware calibrators available.
Impressive work. Beautiful and intense B&W. Very nice "rendu" as we said in french. Remarkable pictures in your archive. I get you in my links. GREAT.
I think its very nice Mal, a little blown in the left side water on my monitor but an excellent shot.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Oct 2006, 20:33
Everything has been said Mal......smile
Very good!!!
The beautiful grain in the boat sets it off but what about the amazing angle and background! bravo
  • john
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 22:37
This looks OK, perhaps some of the highlights blown a little. Nice shot though.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Oct 2006, 01:54
nice shot ..but obvisouly the eye will follow the diagonal line(s)...and then you cropped the top bit....
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 21 Oct 2006, 17:10
wow - very impressive!
  • Beau
  • Australia
  • 22 Oct 2006, 04:04
Nice one, Mal. Maybe it's a bit too close-up, imo, but still looks nice. I would like to be able to see the rest of the boat in the top right.
  • tinuke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2006, 11:01
This is absolutely fab, wonderful shot mal, i love the rich details.
  • chiara
  • Italy
  • 22 Oct 2006, 16:05
Wonderful!
  • Frank
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2006, 22:44
Beautifull!!
I really like this one... i'm up late trying to catch up on all the stuff ive missed will probably take a couple of days smile.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Oct 2006, 12:04
Where have you gone Shawn? Shutter needs "Shawn's Babes" back!!! Mal
  • Morenike
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Oct 2006, 17:11
Amazing shot, Mal. Just amazing.
  • viruta
  • Argentina
  • 6 Nov 2006, 10:02
I´ts hard to get the real colors, this one have it, nice.
  • suhaimi
  • Malaysia
  • 14 Nov 2006, 07:57
another cool shot from u..
i dont know how to set my flash to strobe..
mind to teach me?
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2006, 14:49
Oh dear, this could have been a great landscape, but that blasted boat got in the way!

Seriously though, superbly done Mal. I stopped by because I'm overdue here and was about to comment on today's (15 Nov) shot, but couldn't resist a gander at your archive. This one shone out. Great impact.

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