What was used Camera Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro and Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 lens Exposure 1sec at f/11, ISO 100 Software Photoshop
This picture was shot at dusk at Adventure Island amusement park, Southend-on-sea, Essex. I’ve always been interested in capturing twilight scenes, and chose to capture this one because of the combination of the bright details and the lights in the fairground rides, contrasting with the inspiring sunset behind.
Matty says Just as Mark intended, the first thing that strikes me about this shot is the richness of the colours, not just in terms of the overall saturation but the contrast of man-made and available light. The natural glow of the sunset balances the sparkle of the tungsten and neon lights below it, and it’s a very satisfying mix.
I also like the contrast in terms of detail. The lower third is a chaotic jumble of energy; rides and stalls, and mixed lighting, but the upper two third are tranquil, with warm pastel shades and a haziness out over the water.
I would, however, suggest tightening the crop, so the picture is in a squarer format. If done correctly, this will create a sweeping line for the eye to follow up through the image, starting at the dark fence, connecting with the rollercoaster, on to the pier and finally coming to rest on the Isle of Grain power station on the horizon.
I can’t quite decide whether the theme park’s sign is helping or hindering this sweeping line, but have chosen to leave it in situ for the moment as it’s the title of the place and, in some ways, works like a postcard, strengthening the sense of place. While cropping, I would also straighten up the horizon, which is a few degrees out.
Other minor improvements that could help to make this fantastic picture even better include darkening off the sky a little using Adjustment Layer, but not too much as you don’t want to lose the subtlety there. I would also use the Shadows/highlights command to add some shadow detail to the foreground, giving it even more sparkle.
Finally it’s great to see that Mark shot this excellent night scene on a Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro, one of the earliest DSLRS. This camera is still a great performer to this day, thanks to its innovative Superccd SR sensor which in some ways was a precursor to the successful X Series.
“THE NATURAL GLOW OF THE SUNSET BALANCES THE SPARKLE OF THE TUNGSTEN AND NEON LIGHTS BELOW IT”