Southend Beach


rustytheclown

Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 19:09
Took the dog for a walk along the beach in the fog today. Here are a few of my pics for yout C&C's please.










Regards
Russ.

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Frogfish

Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 19:32
I think it would be very difficult for any photographer / camera / lense to shine in those conditions !

Hope to see similar subjects once the fog lifts !
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matwhittington

Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 20:33
Hello Russ. I reckon the last pic in this set could be a bit of a cracker! I like the way the pier heads away into the mist and disappears, whilst there is a bit of darker structure in the foreground, with some groovy looking reflections. My suggestion would be to straighten it, up the contrast and the brightness, and then tweak with levels or curves to taste. Might look cool in black and white as well - definitely worth a bit of playing with I think!

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techno-terminator

Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 20:57
Oh dear - more memories of my childhood

A trip down the pier every school holiday - walk down and the train back .

The shingle beach
let the education continue

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rustytheclown

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 08:24
Thanks all for your comments and suggestions.
Firstly want to say that Southend is much more interesting photographically on a day like this than in the sunshine.
Gareth, hello and thanks for the work you done on my pics. Not sure that I agree they all look better in mono but interesting to see the results. I will definately check my sensor!
The last one of the pier is my favourite too, I see now from Gareths version that it did need straightening.
Glasgow to Southend was a long way to go for a day out wasn't it?Yes it was always walk out and train back, the train was free for the return journey.
Regards
Russ.

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techno-terminator

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 08:32
You are talking to someone - born in Yorkshire moved to Essex in 1947 !! Left there in 1964 for Birmingham , then Glasgow the following year hence I have curious memories of varying areas in my long forgotten youth .

I was never given a trip on the Steamers from the pier though - weren't they the Royal Daffodil and the Albert [ both names just jumped out of my memory - may not be accurate ] but they did cruises from the end of the Pier I think.
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thoughton

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 11:10
A decent set given the terrible light Agree with most of the comments above, they all seem a bit underexposed and need some adjustments to contrast, brightness and curves. I also agree with Mat the last one holds the most promise.
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rustytheclown

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 14:03
techno-terminator wrote:
You are talking to someone - born in Yorkshire moved to Essex in 1947 !! Left there in 1964 for Birmingham , then Glasgow the following year hence I have curious memories of varying areas in my long forgotten youth .

I was never given a trip on the Steamers from the pier though - weren't they the Royal Daffodil and the Albert [ both names just jumped out of my memory - may not be accurate ] but they did cruises from the end of the Pier I think.

Been around a bit then
I was never lucky enough to go on the steamers either. Living in London at the time a day to Southend was a real treat.We do sometimes still get a visit from the Waverley, which I believe was an old Clyde steamer.
Regards
Russ.

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Ansel Adams

rustytheclown

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 14:05
thoughton wrote:
A decent set given the terrible light Agree with most of the comments above, they all seem a bit underexposed and need some adjustments to contrast, brightness and curves. I also agree with Mat the last one holds the most promise.

Thanks Tim,I have boosted up the exposue contrast etc. on these but wanted to try and retain the mood of the day so didn't want to overdo it, but judging by yours and the other comments I have underdone it!
Regards
Russ.

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Ansel Adams

techno-terminator

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 15:07
Quote:

Been around a bit then
I was never lucky enough to go on the steamers either. Living in London at the time a day to Southend was a real treat.We do sometimes still get a visit from the Waverley, which I believe was an old Clyde steamer.

Russ - now now - be nice about the Waverley - last sea going paddle steamer I believe
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 19:11
Yes, it's all beeen said ,really. Great potential, difficult conditions, contrast a bit flat. I'd probably crop the blue boat so that it was square. Gareth's conversions show how often mono tones can rescue this type of image.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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mowog

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 20:28
With the exception of the second one, they are all fine images.
I prefer the colour versions to the monochrome. Odd, as I almost always prefer b&w to colour.
I particularly like the blue boat. It's the colour that makes the shot. It has a nice pastelly, impressionistic, look.
Long ago, there was an 800ASA slide film made by Scotch, that gave a very similar result, and was particularly suited to scenes like these.



Techno..

I hate to think what kind of accent you have, after all that moving about!
Perhaps something like:

" Give oever, tha cheeky bogger! I 'aint never 'eard nuffin' ruder, Oi 'av a loovlay accint... Ach, away Mawag an boil ye heed, ya choob!"
No man is worth his salt, who has not been banned from at least one Forum, and two Flickr groups.

Mowog.

techno-terminator

Link Posted 29/12/2010 - 21:22
Well - if you come up for the Glasgow Meet you've a chance of finding out
let the education continue

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