Ad­ven­ture Is­land

Digital Photo (UK) - - YOUR PICTURES - By Mark Thomas­son

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”

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