Phew, long time no posts, eh?
Sorry about the break – you know the kind of thing. Work, real life, tonsillitis – but tonight I’ve decided to post some things just to get me back in the habit again. August was such a great month for FR – I was acually exceeding one post per day at one point – and then…only one for the whole of October!
Not much commentary with these as I had originally felt that they didn’t make the cut – but I think I was also getting a little to technical – precious about my shots as well, and I had forgotten that a picture can be worthwhile even if it’s not technically perfect. So….they do at least convey, to me at least, the end of summer on the bleak Suffolk coast – the crowds have gone, the temperature is cooling, the clouds have obscured the sun, and the leaves are starting to drop. Some are HDR’s but the people on the beach one is just a single exposure.
It’s a long haul ’til next spring…
And finally, moving north-west again,I took this one in my New Brighton Beach set which I posted last month. To some of you it will be horrendously over-cooked, and that’s why I held off from posting it. However I have just looked at it again and I think it’s worth posting – it certainly conveys that ‘end of summer’ feeling, although some might say it’s more ‘end of the world’……if you have an opinion, use the comments box below to let me know!
A few weeks ago I did a post of some photos I took at Southwold on the Suffolk coast. Since then, I have been playing around with a few plug ins for Photoshop, the most notable of which is NIK Sharpener Pro. This tool is, as its name suggests, a bit of software for adding sharpness to a photograph, and the effects that it gives a photo are, quite simply, stunning. There are not that many applications I can think of which would make you gasp when they have been applied to a good photo [and it has to be a decent photo, of course, to start with!] – but NIK is one of them. I picked it up through the excellent ‘Stuck in Customs‘ website. Have a look at these previously posted images and see what you think.
Finally, one I took at nearby Felixstowe as a three-image HDR effect, which I rather like.
I’ve been working through the photos I took at the harbour recently. Some are interesting when you take the time to look at them – and I have picked out three more which I have done some editing to. I hope you enjoy the results of my wandering around in the humid sunshine.
The first one, above, was taken using the tripod and darkened by reducing the exposure a slight amount in Camera Raw. Looks moody and brooding, which the east coast is very good at, especially in winter [although now it is, of course, summer!].
Above: if it hadn’t been for all the twisted scrap metal and the masts/telegraph poles/wires, this would have been a classic! Before you say, I know that this is a very cluttered composition. I couldn’t do much about it, but I shot it anyway because I loved the boat so much. And cloning is not going to leave a realistic image if I try to remove all that clutter!
Above: This shot of the windscreen of the crane truck was treated to some shadow reductions and contrast adjustments so that previously hidden detail in the underside of the crane jib is now shown.
I also bought, as an aside, some very pleasant Adnams American Pale Ale, one of which is in the fridge right now.