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Foggy Compo & Clegg

I mentioned the other day about lense flare and the fact that I had been taking photographs for 26 years and had always had a battle with lens flare when shooting nearly directly into bright light sources. Under normal circumstances an image like this would be at F16 or over and indeed I started at F32 (camera on tripod) and got terrible flare, so just as an experiment I went to F2.8 the flare disappeared, you can just make out the start of a ring in the bottom right corner. Unfortunately, I'm not happy with the out of focus foreground due to the shallow DOF but you can't win them all

I also spoke to Neal about leaving an image untouched, this is it, no PS work whatsoever. The camera was set on landscape mode, circular polariser fitted, ND8 soft grad and deliberately under exposed by a 1/3rd stop.

If I was printing this image bigger than A3 there would have to be some PS work done but this version is untouched other than conversion to fit on shutter.

All the best Mal 

Foggy Compo & Clegg

I mentioned the other day about lense flare and the fact that I had been taking photographs for 26 years and had always had a battle with lens flare when shooting nearly directly into bright light sources. Under normal circumstances an image like this would be at F16 or over and indeed I started at F32 (camera on tripod) and got terrible flare, so just as an experiment I went to F2.8 the flare disappeared, you can just make out the start of a ring in the bottom right corner. Unfortunately, I'm not happy with the out of focus foreground due to the shallow DOF but you can't win them all

I also spoke to Neal about leaving an image untouched, this is it, no PS work whatsoever. The camera was set on landscape mode, circular polariser fitted, ND8 soft grad and deliberately under exposed by a 1/3rd stop.

If I was printing this image bigger than A3 there would have to be some PS work done but this version is untouched other than conversion to fit on shutter.

All the best Mal 

comments (34)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2006, 00:10
Masterful shot Mal, just beautiful. I think the dof is right given your point of focus. gold star performance. Can't wait till i grow up and take photos like you. smile
Mal: I can't wait to grow up and repair computers like you! wink Mal
very impressive as usual Mal!
That pretty panoramic and that more attractive combination of colors
Nice!
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 30 Nov 2006, 00:32
see the wee woman way down the beach directly in the sun? that's me.
i am happy there. it is warm, good, and i am singing to myself.

Great colours this week friend mal. ~S.
Mal: No colours next week my friend S. You can sing in any photo you like! wink Mal
Nice!

Can you comment on your camera? I am looking to get a camera, instead of borrowing, I am looking at the Canon Rebel XTi EOS SLR Camera. I noticed the eos 5d is a step or 2 up the ladder. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Mal: Hey John, that model will make a very good purchace and will produce great results. Go buy it! smile Mal
  • Abi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 01:15
oh wow
Mal: Oh Abi wink Mal
Great shot Mal! I really love the reflexes on the house's windows smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2006, 01:45
your mail is cactus again
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 30 Nov 2006, 05:25
Very impressive shot also for the fact that there is no PP done. I wasn't going to post any more shots because I haven't installed photoshop on my new comp. Shame on me smile
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2006, 07:01
awesome landscapes u've got Mal, I just bought an ND4, so hopefully I'll get some landscapes soon. well done mate
Mal: That filter is a must Asiko, good purchace. Mal
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 30 Nov 2006, 07:50
Another very nice shot.
Good work Mal!!
It's the first time that i see your pictures, i like it, i try to visit you kore time in the future
Mal: You are always welcome Oscar. Mal
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2006, 08:31
Hi Sorcha - I thought I recognised you!

Thanks for the flare tip, Mal; that saves me 26 years, which is just as well as I'll most likely be dead by then.

Perhaps I can save you another 26 years with this tip. A polariser doesn't do anything when the sun is directly in front of you or behind you; only when it is off to one side does it polarise the light. Go on, try it; put the polariser on and then pan the camera around to see the effect.
Mal: Hi Colin, yes you're spot on. I use the polariser with a Linvill finish to reduce uv and light through the camera. I have done some permanant damage to my right retina from shooting into the light too often. So, it just gives me a reduction in light over the whole scene and gives me a better chance of composing the shot without hurting my eye further. I should have pointed this out in my comments. Thanks Colin. Mal
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2006, 08:35
By the way, cracking shot. The shallow depth of field doesn't matter in this image. Because of the darkness of the foreground, it's barely noticeable.

The composition is masterful, the exposure faultless, the timing perfect. A winner all round.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Nov 2006, 10:35
Great work mal. Like Neal says - one day when i grow up ... ach no and then i'll be too old
Mal: Neal is already grown up and so are you! You take great images. Mal
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 30 Nov 2006, 10:39
I won't be original by saying this is a great one ! are you using a disposable camera?
Mal: It cost me 8 dollars in the drug store, processing is included also! wink Mal
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 11:36
Good to see that sometimes technique can make a photo work without PS work. That's one thing I'm terrible at - getting it right "in camera"
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Nov 2006, 12:11
Wow! Superb as usual!
Nice to read how you achieve those things! Thanks!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 2006, 13:11
Beautiful, great shot! AWESOME!!
I am amazed that on the east coast you can get sunsets! Also amazed you amaged to get an image with all that gubbins in front of the lens.

As for the depth of field , you could have taken 2 or 3 shots on manual focus at different points of focus and combined them in PS to give you a sharpness front to back.

Having said all that it is a cracking shot, the last of the summer wine crew on the pier add to the image.
Mal: I like that multiple image idea Digi, I'll try that. Mal
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 30 Nov 2006, 15:05
oh help

i dont know what to do!

i was helping free some fish from a pond - the hot weather had trapped them. and my camera was then seen floating in the pond.

i am near complete breakdown here..

what can i do?

i rinsed it with fresh water -- but it is sitting in the sun - i shook it to get the drips out - but i am so scared i have killed it.

can you advise me?

it is a wee sony dsw-100

help help help

please

sara
Just Awesome. I love it. I like this the most out of your last three. smile
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 30 Nov 2006, 16:15
Beautiful scenery! smile
Mal: I've been following your site for ages Tetsu, thankyou for stopping by. Mal
wow very lovely shot. i love how youve captured the sunset hitting the face of the building.
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 18:33
liking this view of the bridge...8.25/10
Ahh, so my comments on your "last of the summer wine" stirred up some memories of the goold old English comedy past. Lovely shot Mal, so don't go getting super critical on yourself, I can do that for you aplenty!! Great work mate. Regards, Neil.
Mal: Yep, you named this one Neil. Don't you go all boring on me now mate, I expect a sharp cutting tongue from you! I enjoy hearing it to! wink Mal
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 19:37
maybe you should try throwing the pc from the nearest window Mal, or carrying it outside and reversing the car over it a few times...
I think you are itching to comment here..hehehe.

Nice 'natural' shot, good to see it at last.

~ Rob
Mal: Ah wiz itching te Rab bit couldny, ah wiz in pc hell see ma intro comments on Monday wink Mal
The light is pure magic, lovely.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 22:58
Lovely light again Mal.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Dec 2006, 00:07
Very, very good. Beautiful.

And will you look at those little tiny people in the distance! Amazing!
  • Claude
  • France
  • 2 Dec 2006, 09:52
Absolutely FANTASTIC!! The lighting is fabulous. I love this shot!
Mal: From you Claude, that's a great compliment. Thankyou. Mal
You describe yourself as “a bumbling but keen amateur photographer”. If the bumbling bit is true, it certainly doesn’t show in your work. You are among the very best photographers on Shutterchance with consistent professional results. I intend to try some landscapes soon, and you are my main inspiration.
Mal: That is a lovely comment Dave thank you smile It's moody Scotish landscape week next week from Monday. Mal
Simple and magic, *****

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