Chris Deane

Mak­ing the most of this scene’s light and tex­ture re­sults in a great shot

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Chris says : My photo of Port­land Bill Light­house in Dorset was taken on my Canon EOS 5D Mk II with a 24-105mm f/4 lens. It was shot at f/16. With the help of a B&W 10-stop fil­ter, I was able to achieve a slow shut­ter speed of 15 sec­onds.

I warmed up the im­age slightly in Light­room to ex­ag­ger­ate the warm glow in the set­ting sun. I also used the Darken/ Lighten Cen­ter fea­ture in Nik Color Efex Pro to ac­cen­tu­ate the light­house and add depth, en­sur­ing that the light­house was the star of the im­age.

An­drew says : Port­land Bill is a great lo­ca­tion, Chris, and you en­joyed some good con­di­tions for your shoot. I like your com­po­si­tion, al­though the hori­zon is al­most ex­actly in the mid­dle of the frame, some­thing I try to avoid if pos­si­ble. But since the land to the right of the light­house starts to rise up, I think you’ve got­ten away with it.

The fore­ground rocks lead the eye neatly out from the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner, but I would pre­fer them about half a stop lighter, just to bring out the de­tail. The lovely blurred sea could also do with be­ing a lit­tle bit lighter to make more of the con­trast be­tween the sea and boul­ders.

What re­ally makes this shot work is the gor­geous sky – the warmth and tran­quil­ity of it get a thumbs up. The main is­sue I can see are the slight haloes around the light­house and build­ing. You’ll get a bit of this nat­u­rally when you shoot into the light, but the post-pro­cess­ing has en­hanced it.

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