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Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« on: March 28, 2017, 07:46:45 PM »
I have had an image in my head for a few years featuring this old beacon on the river Tay. Basically a long exposure at sunrise and hopefully with the sun peeking through the beacon as it rises. Conditions looked good so with no other plans i dragged myself out of bed and headed up to the coast (40-45 miles). No sunrise and a blanket of about 98% cloud cover greeted me on arrival so i snapped a few trial shots since i was there anyway.
The lighthouses in the distance are Barry Buddon high and low lights which i believe is on a MOD training camp. one of the lighthouses was moved to where it is now about 200ft from it's original position in 1885 due to the shifting sands.



This image shows the natural light that i got that morning


A slightly over filtered image. Not sure the effect worked as planned


A split toned version. Seems to be all the rage amongst many higher profile photographers in this country

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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 07:51:53 PM »
In my last post i had posted some from Loch Ard with a concrete jetty. This is from the same spot but looking to the left using my 70-200mm lens.


Loch Lomond Rocks. Pointing the wrong way to really be a lead in line




Coming soon i will be posting some from a few wildcamps in February and the all elusive aurora borealis (northern lights) I have seen them 4 times and a fortnight!!
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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 03:52:17 AM »
No criticism... but a whole lot of praise.

1 & 3 are my picks in the first set, and I'll take the entire second set.

Good work... AGAIN.
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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 07:19:09 AM »
Thanks again Cholly, this year my photography seems to be going in the right direction in terms of actually getting the shots i have in mind when taking them and being fairly happy with the final result. Long may it continue and i can continue to improve and learn.

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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 09:25:37 AM »
I'm afraid the first set don't really inspire me particularly - I think there is just too much dark grey / black.
(The first is quite a strong image, just not to my taste)

The second set are a different matter.

#1 Love the colours, beautiful image
#2 I actually find the lines do work - my eye flows from the large foreground rock out to the left edge, then back across the image following the line of the shore to the right.
Not traditional lead in lines, but they do provide a definite 'path' through the image.
#3 is the weakest of the three for me, the foreground rocks seem a bit too dominant, but still a great tonal range in the image.

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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 03:57:25 PM »
Agree. All are terrific.
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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2017, 02:35:27 PM »
I'm afraid the first set don't really inspire me particularly - I think there is just too much dark grey / black.
(The first is quite a strong image, just not to my taste)

The second set are a different matter.

#1 Love the colours, beautiful image
#2 I actually find the lines do work - my eye flows from the large foreground rock out to the left edge, then back across the image following the line of the shore to the right.
Not traditional lead in lines, but they do provide a definite 'path' through the image.
#3 is the weakest of the three for me, the foreground rocks seem a bit too dominant, but still a great tonal range in the image.

Glad to hear you are feeling your photography is going well, and look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

Thanks for your feedback. I knew the first set were a bit marmite really but i quite like the first image as i tend to like square, b&w long exposure images.
The rest were simply "take some test shots" as i was out anyway.
The 2nd set were taken during a workshop, #1 demonstrating how different images can be created by looking around your location and zooming in to create completely different perspectives. From this particular spot there are 4 very distinctly different views within 180º without moving the tripod at all and each with numerous variety of compositions. I did demonstrate all 4 of the views and some of the different compositions that were available.
#2 was a demonstration of how lead in lines can be used alternatively. Glad it worked (just) as my eye views the image the way you do too. We were hoping for a touch of colour as the sun was setting as the weather the whole day had been miserable.

Thank you Douglas

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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 01:33:41 AM »
From the old beacon, I like the third and fourth image with the darkened sky on the right to balance the strong image of the left.

Love the muted colours of the first one in the second set and, of the rocks, I like the second one (last image) as all the action is down low and so much sky is not needed in the middle image.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2017, 09:12:03 PM »
love these pics, taken near my first posting in the RAF.......

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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2017, 10:45:12 AM »
like No 2 in the first set,   and really like No 1 in the second,  seems almost like an oil painting.   Hopefully one day i can take some pics like these
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Re: Tayport pile light, rocks and trees
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 09:10:27 PM »
Thanks Brian and Gordon. The first image in the second set has been rather popular and i also liked the fact it felt very much like an oil painting.