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    Posted: 11 February 2024 at 18:29
Out to the Gulf coast (Florida, U.S.) for a morning of relaxing shooting yesterday. Re-visited some old favorites and found some new ones.

#1 - Old Pier New Sunrise


#2 - Low Tide


#3 - Fishing and Driving (The near causeway has been retired and is now pedestrian only used for fishing and walking and running. The far causeway replaced it and is for vehicular traffic only).


#4 - Walk Overhead, Drive to the Right


#5 - Power to St. George Island (where the causeway above leads to)


#6 - Apalachicola Cemetery
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Hi, Rex - I like #2 the best, but I appreciate how you took the time to try the pier from both sides, showing again the value of experimenting with different perspectives of the same object. The sand/seabed in #2 provides a strong, textured foreground interest.
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Hello,

#2 but also #4 are for me the picks. #4 Seems like a longer exposure?
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Another fan of #2. Many look familiar, but i'm glad you show us these in a new form. The composition of #5 is the best for me by far, #6 has the trees i really like. Hope to see some of these too, someday. TFS Roger
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Excellent set of images, Roger!
My absolute favorites are #1 and #2, but #3 and #4 are also outstanding. That impressive foreground in #2 gives it the top rank, IMO.

#5 is also outstanding in terms of composition. But I am a bit puzzled about the (lower) right corner - it seems to be too dark, like a dark halo (if something like that exists at all) which borders to two parallel circles (upper top left quarter of them) which are somehow brighter (about as bright as the left part of the image). Maybe the filter had a light leak?

TFS! Great work!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2024 at 12:11
Very fine set, and for me #2 is the stand-out, but it's a hard thing to single out from the others.
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Thanks all for commenting.

alpha_in_exile - First was shot from land, second I had to wade out a bit to get to the sand bar area and discovered my fifteen year-old "waterproof" boots are no longer waterproof!

Harm vb - Thirty-three second exposure.

MichelvA - Again, I find your memory/recall amazing. Usually I find that visiting familiar subjects generates new looks and perspectives.

waldo_posth - I have looked at the original RAW file. The right one-fourth side, top to bottom is darker than the rest of the image but not as dark as seen here. Not sure what is happening, conversion to black and white accentuating the difference, failed to cover the viewfinder on the a900 so got some sort of light leak as you suggest (ND filter was tight), etc. I am not quite sure what you mean about the "parallel circles" if you mean along the top edge, towards the left, the partial brighter elliptical areas, those are natural breaks in the clouds.
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@#5: If you look at the horizon, the darker band, it is brightened visibly between the first and the second utility pole (from the right, closer to the second one). If I follow that brightening I see that it has a circular form - maybe doubled (concentric), maybe not. The circular form makes up a quarter circle (the upper left quarter). At the top edge of the image it is more difficult to identify.

Failing to cover the viewfinder may well explain it.

I have seen similar effects when I struggled to keep the ND filter tightly mounted.

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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

@#5: If you look at the horizon, the darker band, it is brightened visibly between the first and the second utility pole (from the right, closer to the second one). If I follow that brightening I see that it has a circular form - maybe doubled (concentric), maybe not. The circular form makes up a quarter circle (the upper left quarter). At the top edge of the image it is more difficult to identify.


Got it - and an explanation (excuse!) - poor post-processing. Relying on memory which certainly can be an issue these days, I used a soft circular brush in Photoshop to change the exposure of either the sky or the water. When dragging the circular brush across the image at the horizon I did not drag it perfectly horizontally. Thus, some uneven exposures along the horizon. Excuse - Whenever I am quite certain that I will not make a print of an image I go a bit fast and loose.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2024 at 21:35
Hi Roger,

Lovely to see some of your 'old friends' again and meet some new ones! I think a break away from locations such as these which have been visited a number of times can give you a different perspective and creative 'look' when returning and these, I suspect, prove that point.

I will be honest straight from the go and say my favourite of the series is #2; the lighting is great - not too bright but detail in the sky, whilst the pillars going into the sea are well placed and the silhouette nature of them give them a strength which is, obviously, physically still there. What makes it for me, however, is that foreground. It's like looking at the patterns in a Fresnel lens with the light reflecting off the water in those ripples and it has a lot of parallels with a shot you shared some time ago from Monument Valley where the sand shows a similar, beguiling set of patterns. Signs of a strong tide on the way out and a great image.

I was very tempted to put #1 at the top - your oh-so-careful placement of the horizon running through the tops of the pier supports is something I really like and shows the care and attention you've paid to the scene; the sky is a great support act to the scene as well but I think you could easily trim a little from there sky at the top - to just above the streak of cloud - without it impacting the image and it might tighten the shot up further?

Of the others, #4 is a strong image but, for me, creates some confusion as my brain expects the two bridges to go in the same direction; except the road one diverges to the right which gives an odd sort of effect. I can see it returns in the distance but the weight of the structure means the eye wanders off to the right a little too much for me here. Great light though and a perfect exposure to reveal all the details - really well handled.

As for #5 - the composition is great but, once I'd read the comments above I do find myself drawn to the darker corner more. I'd be interested to see the original colour version of this to see what the 'reality' of that scene actually is?

I love the set though and I'm pleased you shared these with us.

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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waldo_posth and owenn01 - Here's the original #5 image in jpg form.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2024 at 06:17
This jpg shows you did exactly the right thing to the original photo. For me the reason is the sky. It makes the image look as if it was made in another world. Also, the sand/beach disturbs in the original. I think #5 is a masterpiece; thanks for showing how you made it, that makes remembering even easier
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2024 at 09:09
Hi Roger - another positive vote for the original version; processing and 'crossed viewpoint ' makes all the difference!

Thanks and best regards, Neil.
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