Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Peggy's Cove

So, I was not as courageous as Ivan, but I also spent part of the day taking pictures. I left my house at around noon (quite respectable) and headed out to a place called Peggy's Cove which is about 45 minutes from me. It is one of the most photographed places in Atlantic Canada, because of the quaint fishing village and the lighthouse that sits on a granite outcrop. I wanted to take images that showed other sights. The weather was not great. Cloudy. Rather grey. And no sunset even though I sat and waited. I took about 100 pics, deleted quite a few, and these are a few of the best.

Granite boulder, nr Peggy's Cove

Just before you arrive at Peggy's Cove there are 'fields' of granite boulders deposited by glaciers. Some large rocks sit on top of little rocks. I like this pic because the large rock really stands out against the background and the colour of the plants in the background add contrast. I used photoshop to sharpen the rock and adjusted the levels plus hue/saturation to bring out the colour in the background/sky.

Peggy's Cove

I like this picture simply because it draws you right into the middle very quickly. I used the shadows/highlight to bring the colour out in the sky and adjusted the hue/saturation to bring the colour out in the rocks and vegetation. All very slightly.

Lighthouse, Peggy's Cove

This is the famous lighthouse. I wanted a different image. So I accentuated the gorgeous granite rocks rather than the lighthouse. Again, I adjusted the hue/saturation very slightly to bring out the colour in the rocks.



Ivan said...

Hey Damian

Nice shots. When you click on the images, the one that comes up is the same size as the thumbnail in the article - so hard to see some of the subtle sharpening effects you mention. However, I really like the middle one, as it does draw you in nicely. I would try and bring out some more tones in the sky, using a masked "levels" adjustment layer, but it's a nice picture. It may also work well in Black and White, to really bring out the textures...

The one of the lighthouse is a completely different angle, but I'm not sure the lighthouse is big enough to warrant being there. The rocks are lovely, so I may be inclined to have done just the rocks, to see their texture, and then another with the rocks and lighthouse, with the latter a bit more prominent. That said, I can see what you were doing with the rocks and lighthouse.

You said you took about 100 - were there no others of interest?


Critical Light said...

I am paranoid of someone 'stealing' the shot but I will make them a little larger otherwise, you're right, its not worthwhile. I will give the masked 'levels' a go to bring out the sky more and I will also try B/W. It might work quite well. And you are right with the lighthouse; it is small and almost insignificant but the rocks are lovely so I will play with that too. When I came home I was quite harsh with which photos were saved and which were deleted. I guess one has to be otherwise you end up with loads of photos that you do nothing with. So I deleted quite a few. I will post a few more though from the day.

Ivan said...

I agree about the stealing thing, and I've made mine of such low resolution that they'd make rubbish prints.
For the future, so we can at least see each others work in enough detail, how about putting a "watermark" over each image? This would be a repeating text file that is put over the final image (as a new layer), and, by adjusting the opacity, can create a fairly unobtrusive watermark. This allows us to review the images, but would be impossible to remove without damaging the pic. I've also seem this done by putting a large copyright symbol in the middle of the image, and again blending it in. The copyright text/image layer can be saved as a Photoshop document, and then the layer dragged into any final image, flattened and saved. It can be reused on any image you want to protect.

Ivan said...

I also like the one of the rock, as it's quite different from the usual landscape type image. I'd be interested to see a few more angles of this rock.