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Three Travellers Cross Paths on the Sand
Three Travellers Cross Paths on the Sand

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sand II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro for Canon
Location: Tallacre Beach, Prestatyn, Wales
Date: Jun 10, 2012
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 256
Galleries: Seascapes, Photo-Impressionism
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2012

Infrared filter, four and a bit minute exposure.

Started off with what looked like apparently selective colour, blue sky (apparently badly selected) which would actually have been legal in basic editing. This was shot with white balance set to the sand, then mucked around with in channel mixer, no selections made whatsoever. However i didn't really like how that looked, and ended up hue-based desaturating everything BUT the blue, then simulating a yellow filter by taking just the blue channel. Then some dodging and burning to emphasise the already very contrasty sky and that whole drama and bring out the vignette some more. Finally a conversion to duotone going for a sepia effect - in fact tritone - with laboriously played about with curves, the spot colours i chose were gold and orange - 165CV and 157CV. The idea is to emphasise the sandy feel of the image.

Alternate titles were to do with "three very different travellers" or vague waffle about different sorts of footprints in the sand, but it was all a bit too existential and the title began to turn into an essay, so i tried to keep it short.

The less-obvious third traveller, the shadow to the right of the lighthouse, is in fact a bystander who wandered into the shot - being too late to stop him, i thought he might create an interesting effect. A more interesting effect if i left him alone, than if i'd tried to remove him from the scene at the time, which would probably have just resulted in an indignant-looking shadow instead of a neutral-postured one.

The guy on top of the lighthouse is made of metal.

The girl on the left is not, and was in a great deal of discomfort for four minutes.

Place: 11 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.3587
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 6.3529
Avg (non-participants): 6.3621
Views since voting: 898
Views during voting: 198
Votes: 92
Comments: 9
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06/18/2012 02:47:59 PM
I love all of your decisions except the vignette. You overdid that.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2012 11:17:33 PM
I like the ancient feeling
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06/17/2012 09:10:14 PM
Great PP, but is that horizon straight?? Bumping to a 9.
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06/16/2012 09:17:31 PM
Very nice image. Neat lighthouse.
06/16/2012 12:22:26 PM
Funky and eyecatching image.
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06/16/2012 10:48:46 AM
Really like this; would like it better without the person on the left; draws my eye away from the rest, which is awesome. (voted earlier)
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06/12/2012 02:36:30 PM
I like the thought and concept, perhaps the vignetting is a bit much.
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06/12/2012 12:12:04 PM
Best in show award, congrats
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06/11/2012 10:24:37 AM
This is great!!
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