There's a bit of lens distortion going on in the top left hand corner which is a bit annoying. Mind you, it's not half as annoying as trying to straighten it in Photoshop. I gave up in the end.
Lovely B&W Mike....I can't see any distortion in the corner!
I tried replying to the qustion about sharpness that you posed on my photo for today Saturday but I keep getting an error message so I'll reply here if that's okay:
(1) - Sharpness here on AM3 depends on you posting photos that have a max horizontal width of 800 pixels (I make my landscape format ones exactly 800). Anything more than 800 and the AM3 computer turns them into mush when it resizes them so you are far better doing it in Photoshop first yourself.
(2) - Unsharp mask. I used this on most of my early photos at a radius of 50, amount of between 10 and 20, threshold - 0, but these days I mostly use the 'curves' tool - be subtle with it in colour photos and more adventurous for B&W. You can use it on selected areas of your photo by lassoing parts of the photo to select them first.
(3) - Resizing for web - use 'image size' bicubic sharper for downsizing.
That's it really Mike!
17 Jan 2009 8:33am
Very nice shot, a good black and white shot. I use unsharp mask to sharpen images and selected areas, with % of about 100-130 radius about 0.2 and threshold at about 1. You cant sharpen in curves
17 Jan 2009 11:09am
I can't see the lens distortion either...this is a good shot Mike. You have a lot of different areas here besides the building that would make it near impossible (to my eye anyway) to straighten. It looks just fine to me :)
17 Jan 2009 2:11pm
I love the boats at the bottom, they are a really nice anchor for this composition. (no pun intended...lol) Excellent shot.
17 Jan 2009 4:18pm
A wonderful 'star' of vessels adorns your intriguing image. Nicely done, MIke.
17 Jan 2009 7:06pm
17 Jan 2009 7:15pm
Mike - Just a note about Alun's comment re sharpening:
He is quite right that you can't technically sharpen an image with the 'curves' tool but I discovered a while ago that enhancing contrast in a photo fools the eye into thinking that it looks sharper. I find enhancing contrast using the methods I described can help create an illusion of depth or 3D in a photo, especially if applied selectively to say the foreground, leaving the background or distant objects untouched.
17 Jan 2009 11:24pm
@Ian Bramham: Thanks for the advice. I'll be giving your technique a go and I'll let you know how I get on.
18 Jan 2009 5:07am
18 Jan 2009 12:48pm
Lovely classic shot Mike, the B&W looks authentic as in the days of prints. Can't see any distortion..!
18 Jan 2009 3:16pm
Very nice scene !! Did you set the boats up yourself for the shot ???
19 Jan 2009 8:08am
@Anthony Lambert: No, that's just the way they were. To the left of the picture there were a lot more boats but they were all pointing the same way.
Beautiful picture, nice composition !
19 Jan 2009 8:41pm
Ahh what the heck Mike...looks great as it is and I wouldn't have noticed:-)
21 Jan 2009 8:29am
great shot -- don't see the distortion myself... faaabulous toning!
22 Jan 2009 12:23am
Looks wonderful to my eyes, Mike. A superb composition
24 Jan 2009 11:36am
I missed this one I like a lot - great compo with that foreground of boats !
29 Jan 2009 9:34am
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