Iconic Ruins

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  1. Fujidave

    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful

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    The beach is only just a small bus ride away from us here, so I will take the shot again. Two things in town here that I always take a shot of, the old West pier and the I360.


     
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    It's a nice shot. I'd like to see it once you've had time to play again with your editing. :)
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful

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    Here is another, but from a better straight on angle. I remember it was a hazy day, plus I got the exposure wrong.


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    that wind farm! at least all the dead birds will make a good lunch for the sharks.
     
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    You'll probably think I'm crazy but I prefer the first without the funky blue. Something I've been relying less on are prefabricated looks. In LR I have a ton of other presets, but rarely use them anymore. I mostly use my own presets to get an image close and finish it manually. Same with PS. I have actions that perform routine functions, but manually finish the image. Not knocking presets or plugins, but I think every image is unique and requires a hands on approach to get it right, otherwise it's easier to just shoot SOOC and save it as a JPEG. Personally I'd like to see the first image before you edited it.

    If by chance you were to shoot it again, I'd strive to do it when the light or weather could contribute to the mood. IE: Golden Hour, storm clouds, fog.

    Shoot it at a slow shutter to have the waves flowing like cotton candy around it. Do a 3 shot over/on/under HDR and combine post. That steel has some fantastic texture, that's waiting for you. Experiment, the possibilities are unlimited and I'm jealous of you for having something like this so close.
     
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    I have to agree with smoke that I prefer the first one but without the blue. I would go back to the first one and keep the edit you already have but just change the white balance so you get white clouds. I think it would look very good and much better than your second shot.
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful

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    Been very busy trying to get some old slides sorted for my mum.
    Here is a Jpeg one only cropped, I had made a mistake by getting the exposure all wrong.


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    Man, this is pure nostalgia...imagine that I walked over this Pier in 1973. At that time I had a super-8 movie camera with me, but I can't remember exactly all the things I filmed.
    I went to the Pavillion, to Arundel Castle and to London for the first time in my life. Most of these super-8 movies have been lost over the years, unfortunately. Strange that something like a ruin can raise so many memories.

    Gerard
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful

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    The other pier was in the film, Oh what a lovely war, but I love the old ruins of West pier.
    My mistake, this pier was in the film Oh what a Lovely war.

    Here is a link

    West Pier - Wikipedia
     
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    How so? I pulled this one in to LR for a look see, the histogram was as expected for a bright day at the beach. When I let LR do it's auto button thing it adjusted the WB +2, the tint -11, and the exposure -.4, so the exposure was pretty close.
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    Any better? All the elements were there, no plug ins, no presets, just LR's auto button interpretation and a slight curve adjustment. I've had to force myself to resist the urge to snap away at the beach during the middle of the day, because the light is coming almost straight down, there's less diffusion, and image appears flat. Timing your shots for the right light or the weather effect could take this to a whole new level. Wish I lived closer, you've got a great eye and some super interesting locations.
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful

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    That is about how I saw it, thank you. So I was not far off, just went OTT in Topaz.
     
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    Yup, sometimes we refuse to accept that we have a good image in hand and keep trying to improve when it isn't necessary or add to when it's better left as is. Been there done that myself, it's frustrating to say the least.
     
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