Stills V3

March 11, 2013

On Aldeburgh Beach

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:51

Aldeburgh Beach 1



  1. The only slight reservation I have about this is that the lower halves of their bodies are not so visible, which reduces the impact of the silhouetting. Otherwise, the girl striding off to the right balances the standing trio very well and the bright cloudburst behind them creates the strong feel for how the occasion must have felt. I think that the overall mood and impact of the shot overrides my reservation though.

    Comment by zavaell — March 13, 2013 @ 07:53

    • I can see the detail through the whole of the bodies. I think that where the image relies on the the very ends of the tonal range for content then very small differences in monitor profiling and calibration can have significant effects on what can be seen. I think that means that the author needs to be careful as to the extent they use the end ‘zones’.
      I have seen this before in images where an author has cloned something out in a ‘black’ area and on my monitors I can see the work done whereas the author hasn’t seen it. I have also seen similar problems with digital projection, which has its own can of worms!

      Comment by Rex — March 18, 2013 @ 10:18

  2. There is a slight burst of light behind the man standing legs apart, master of all he surveys? (John calls it a cloudburst?) I think I would have tried to accentuate that in the B&W conversion to create more of a ‘halo’ arond him to draw attention to him and add to the dominating effect of his stance. It seems the girl running away from the family group could be telling a story. The image has a certain power to it which I like.

    Comment by Rex — March 18, 2013 @ 10:24

  3. I get a strong sense of a lovely sunny day (“let’s go to the beach”), a very bracing wind blowing straight in off the North Sea and a little girl totally unperturbed.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 21, 2013 @ 00:10

  4. I really like this. I doubt I would have left it quite so contrasty, but think it is better for it and I do see enough detail. This would be much less visually interesting had the girl not been wearing those stripes.

    Comment by Christina — March 31, 2013 @ 19:13

  5. Thanks all. I really liked the graphical quality of the moment and my processing work was purely to try and get the level of detail and overall contrast to the point that the graphic was enhanced. This is lower in contrast than the original file would appear as you can well imagine.

    For Rex, I am currently working with a very second rate laptop screen, and agree that the ends of the range are the hardest to get right. Mine change appearance as I move my head up and down… There is no cloning in any area!

    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 5, 2013 @ 22:15

    • I didn’t mean to imply you had cloned! It was just that having seen clone work visible on club member’s work in very dark areas, they were not aware it could be seen on some screens.

      Comment by Rex — April 6, 2013 @ 10:21

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