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    Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    I was fishing through some images and clearing some memory cards and I came accross this one. It is of a lighthouse on the northern part of the island of l'Île de Ré in western France.

    Thought it'd make a good high contrast B&W image. So I took it into Photoshop and had a play with SEP2 and came up with this. What do you think?

    Le Phare de Ré - B&W

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Tommy: it works for me on one level and doesn't on another, what works is the upper half of the image, it is the lower portion that doesn't. If I cover up the bottom just below that first black wave about half way up, that it what works for me, it takes it to an interesting photo to a great photo. I think looking at it some more, with the bottom covered, it reminds me more of the ones Donald has been doing, the hills and the bridges.

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Thanks Allan. I see what you mean. It does work quite nicely as a panorama actually. I do like the textures and diagonal lines created by the ripples in the sand in the original though.

    I am keen to hear what others think.

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    I'll throw it up there as a comparison...

    Le Phare de Ré - B&W

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Tommy: for me that landscape works, I could just keep coming back to look again and again and again, it relaxes my mind so to say (some would say what mind). Looking at it here I think it is the contrast between the rough dark waters and the smooth light clouds, with that nice clear band in the middle, it is all balanced.

    Cheers:

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Thanks Allan, appreciate it. The more I look at it, the more I like it too

    Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    I find this a strangely (because it is different) alluring image that really does attract and hold attention. It does grabs you and takes you into itself.

    I wouldn't go so far as Allan in terms of the suggested crop, but I'd agree that a bit less on teh bottom would throw more attention onto the light house, which I feel is maybe needed. Using the existing top and sides, what I did in my head was made it a 2:1 ratio. That worked fro me because it took the horizon down a bit and that felt more balanced.

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    I like the way the picture seems to "float/or be suspended" on the white framed edges. To my eye it really adds extra dimension to the overall picture.
    How did you do this? Which program/application did you use?
    I didn't realize the second one was the changed one & it is the one I like best.

    diane
    Last edited by Diane; 16th August 2012 at 01:36 PM. Reason: added comment

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Tommy, I think your latest crop makes for an exceptional photo. Good job.

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    Re: Le Phare de Ré - B&W

    Thanks Donald, I'll try that and see how it looks... And thanks Ken for your kind words:-)

    @Diane - I use Photoshop. Once I am happy with my post processing I add a white border (typically about 30 pixels wide on a picture that I have reduced in size to 1000 pixels) and give it a 1 pixel stroke inside. I add the same stroke to the picture layer itself and then add a drop shadow effect. Hope this helps.

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