Jon Allanson  

Low Tide, Staithes by Jon Allanson

November 2019 - Low Tide, Staithes

November 2019 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

Taken at the beginning of October when I went to the Yorkshire coast (north-east England) on a photographic weekend. Staithes was an important fishing village until about 50 years ago with its own fleet of over 30 boats. Nowadays there are only a few boats fishing from it. Just up from the main harbour is a creek with a small river running through it, I found it to be more interesting at low tide rather than when the tide was in. Taken on my XPro2 with 16mm f2.8 lens, 190th sec, f9, ISO200. The image was taken into lightroom and a couple of minor tonal corrections made before importing to Photoshop. There was a distracting car parked in front of the white double doors so it was cloned out, and some minor tonal adjustments made to create a good colour image. As is my normal practice now, I then introduced some black and white adjustment layers to make the mono conversion. (This is a good technique to conserve memory rather than creating a second image.) As there was a degree of distortion on the buildings on the top sides of the image, I created a merged layer on the top of the stack (SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E) and applied a perspective transform to straighten the buildings up before making a final crop.

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8 comments posted

First, I apologize beforehand, I am new to this group (and PSA for that matter) and this is my very first comment. I don't really like to critique, but I do have some observations. Love the leading lines with the curve of the steam. That draws the eye right deep into the picture. The 3 groups of boats is also well spotted. I think this image works well both in color and B/W and I would probably process both provided you are able to get detail in the sky in the color version. Otherwise just replace the sky with something more dramatic. As far as this B/W version goes. To me it seems the image could profit from little bit more drama. It is a little flat imo. Increasing the contrast in the rocks on the right and the houses on the left might help. You can also play with the color sliders in the B/W conversion layer. Probably yellow and blue. May be some red. Having said that, I like the image and would look good on anybody's wall   Posted: 11/01/2019 13:28:40

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
There is a very nice leading line in this photo, and I like the way it follows from foreground to background. The details of the brick on the building make it full of texture. It might be slightly oversharpened, did you sharpen it in post? I think the sky needs help, because you can see the details of clouds there, but the sky is blown out in your monochrome. I would add a graduated filter in Lightroom in color, then convert again. Or try boosting the blue slider in PS.   Posted: 11/05/2019 16:57:31

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
0h, well, I'm the cropping gal. I'd crop the right side and let the boats be the leading line. Definitely like the BW version. Ha! Wonder what it would look like all BW but with that pop of red on the one boat. Just playin'.
Agree that it might be over sharpened. Fun image
  Posted: 11/11/2019 14:18:16

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I was rather surprised to see that members felt that the image was over-sharpened, as I am very careful as I normally use selective High Pass sharpening and as I am usually criticised for not sharpening enough. As I run a digital circle similar to this in the UK, I am aware that the images seen my the members are usually inferior to the originals that they produce usually because of the reduction in file dimensions and quality due to the JPEG level required to create a small file size.
I have spent some time experimenting to find what has happened to this image between my original 6k x 4k pixel file and what you are seeing. I found that there was loss of contrast detail in the sky in the reduction to the 1024 x768 level 7 JPEG file that I submitted. It was great shock to me when I compared this to the image in this circle, there has been quite an increase in the sharpness (contrast?) of the image on the buildings and on the largest of the boats a complete loss of detail in the dark paint on the stern. I am asking Brad to circulate to you my comparison files.   Posted: 11/12/2019 03:36:57

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Other than the sky needing some help, I love his image. The leading lines are great. Good job!   Posted: 11/14/2019 15:17:37

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
This is an interesting image. I would have liked to see a bit more contrast. Also the whites (especially the sky) are rather strong. The "whites' slider in LR could probably help. As for the sky, a slight, darkening, radient might do the trick.   Posted: 11/20/2019 10:32:25

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Very good composition with the leading lines and the B&W works nicely. The sky could definitely needs something.. perhaps replace it with another sky that has more gray clouds, blue sky would not work. Overall, I think it could use a little more contrast.   Posted: 11/20/2019 10:57:33

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Leading lines of boats, river and rocks help me to travel around the image. As it stands it has caught a really drab overcast English day. And yes the sky is like that a lot. Reminds me of why I left.
To make the image stand out more there would need to be contrast and work on the sky.   Posted: 11/27/2019 00:04:32