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Porthcawl Harbour Boat

Posted by
Philip (South Wales, United Kingdom) on 24 July 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

You can have to much of a good thing. I'm bored with Rhossili and coastal views so how about a boat from Porthcawl Harbour! I've gone for a diluted HDR with some duplex to blur and desaturate the colours.

This was originally one RAW image. As an experiment, I created 3 images (E0,E+1 and E-1) from the original RAW image and processed as a HDR. I then created a new layer and increased the mid-tones. I then changed the layer blending mode to 'Soft Light' with 50% opacity to increase the contrast and brightness. Finally, I used a Duplex filter to add a duotone with quite a bit of blur.

Any tips or constructive criticism are welcome.

My photos can also be found on FLICKR.
I appreciate all your comments, thank you so much. I do read all the comments and will try to answer any questions you have.

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Beautiful work, very much like a sepia toned work that has been
hand colored, superb detail and tones.

24 Jul 2010 5:07am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic processing, great shot!

24 Jul 2010 6:28am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Excellent - the processing has given this a magical quality.

24 Jul 2010 7:26am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You did take time with the processing and the feeling you created here is very much like in a is there, but also it is not there...

24 Jul 2010 7:38am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the route sounds a bit tortuous...but I really, really like this...perhaps one of your best ever Phil!

24 Jul 2010 8:13am

@Ted: Thanks. The method I used was recommended on the Nikonians website for HDR processing (this site is a general forum for Nikon users). I added the duplex filter as I did not want a HDR photo. It is surprisingly easy method.

Marie LC from France

Beautiful shot and treatment.

24 Jul 2010 8:32am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice processing ! And thanks for the information.

24 Jul 2010 8:44am

Julia from Munich, Germany

wow, i love that picture....

24 Jul 2010 9:37am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Unusual but interesting processing on this image, well done

24 Jul 2010 10:21am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Smiles on all that processing ! The thing is that, after all that, the image not only survived but became wonderfully enjoyable and satisfying ! I like this very much indeed.

24 Jul 2010 10:33am

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

amazing color and effect...the water almost doesn't look like water!

24 Jul 2010 3:33pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow this HDR is subtle and stunning. 5*****

24 Jul 2010 9:13pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

It sounds like a lot of work but I love the end result

24 Jul 2010 9:25pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The result of your hard work is really beautiful! The light is great,and so are the colours!

24 Jul 2010 9:25pm

@Thea: Whatever we decide to do to our photos is dependant upon good light! I was lucky that the light on the morning I took these photos was great.

pixator from kerman, Iran

Well done!
Beautiful shot!

24 Jul 2010 9:28pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love your explanation of the procedure you used for this wonderful image! I understand well until the HDR, then they lose me. But if I can tell you it's a beautiful picture and very well done and edited! A pleasure to look at! Thank you very much and happy break! Adela

24 Jul 2010 9:41pm

@Fonts: Sorry, my explanation was poor then. The technique I used is very simple and was explained on the nikonians site in easy to follow steps (otherwise I would be lost!).

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

*Very* cool processing! Makes this boat shine.

24 Jul 2010 9:57pm

@MadScientist: Thanks. There was some great advice on the nikonian web site about HDR. It produces some quite natural images with plenty of light. I added a duotone filter and blur but not sure if it would have been better if I had left as a HDR. Never mind!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice processing!

24 Jul 2010 10:20pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image . Tones and treatment is extraordinary ! Texture too ! Love it .
Looking forward to see your dramatic clouds tomorrow ;)) .

24 Jul 2010 10:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Looks like a sturdy boat you found there. The processing has resulted in a truly gorgeous image. I like this a lot.

25 Jul 2010 12:28am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Looks so nice! Great toning!

25 Jul 2010 1:44am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

You've been quite busy in your digi-darkroom Philip, but the result speaks for itself, superbly processed. The glowing light that you have achieved here is worth all the effort.

25 Jul 2010 2:57am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars. A great processing

25 Jul 2010 4:22am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great work....

25 Jul 2010 9:04am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

A lot of work for one shot but it was worth it.The result makes for a top image !!

25 Jul 2010 11:29am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

SO beautiful !! excellent processing, full of character ! I like it.

25 Jul 2010 11:35am

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

postcard in a dry harbour, excellent

26 Jul 2010 12:11pm


J'adore cette photo!!
Très belles couleurs!

26 Jul 2010 5:24pm