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01-19-2006, 12:33 PM
We always get amazing sunsets here in Dundee, god knows why, it's stuck behind clouds until the very end :D

Anyway... i've been trying to get a good shot of the sunset for months now but have never been happy with one til now...


What do you think?

01-19-2006, 12:39 PM
I LOVE black and white photos like no other...but a sunset? you have a color version?

01-19-2006, 12:55 PM
Typical Scottish sunset...very "thrifty" LOL!!

01-19-2006, 12:57 PM
:D I know what you mean but the colours were just too flat... there wasn't enough contrast in the sky, I could only bring out details by seriously adjusting the hue which made the colours garish. I'll try playing around with it later.

I think the b&w makes to notice other things more, like the form of the bridge and the the glassy texture of the water?

I'll post the colour and see what you think :)

01-19-2006, 01:00 PM
Are you mocking me Frex? :D

01-19-2006, 01:16 PM
yeah love the glassy water :)

looks very dark, and cannot see the detail on the bridge, but i think that is most probably my dark nasty work CRT?

01-19-2006, 01:17 PM
Nah, there's no detail what-so-ever in the bridge :D

Is that a bad thing?

01-19-2006, 03:24 PM
Hmmm I'm not too sure the b&w works too well, but its hard to say without seeing what the colours were like on the night. As it is I just feel it lacks anything to make is stand out. The sky is not particularly interesting the lampost on the right is quite nice. I don't know, the left hand sides seems a bit 'messy' ?. Hmmm by no means a bad shot, I don't know just lacks that magical 'je ne sais quoi'

01-19-2006, 03:45 PM


I managed to work the colour version better than I did last night...

Thanks for your comments CT :thumbsup:

01-19-2006, 05:13 PM
Hey Robb, mind if I give it a go?


Kinda blotchy on the right still. Duped the original image into another layer, changes the Blending Mode to Screen, and pulled in more red via the Color Balance Palette.

Hope that helped.

01-19-2006, 05:27 PM
See I think you loose some of the detail in teh sky on the black and white one. I prefer the colour one.

01-19-2006, 05:49 PM
Liking it E, thanks for the input.

I'll take it back to the raw files and try boost the reds there while still keeping the green shadow tint to the right.


01-19-2006, 07:17 PM
robb, i think if you posted your first saying it was a "moonlit night", no one would have noticed ;) . It's a cool photo in b/w or color...nice feel to it.

01-19-2006, 10:42 PM
I like the black and white. and E's color version is decent. I think if you went straight back to the RAW file you could get some nice stuff there. Keep up the good work.

01-20-2006, 01:38 AM
Yep, bringing the colours into it was a good thing.
I like the pale colours of rob's scottish sunset (not mocking now!) :)

01-20-2006, 04:49 AM
I like the pale colours of rob's scottish sunset

01-20-2006, 05:00 AM

I don't understand you! :D

01-20-2006, 05:24 AM
My comment is yours... I like the pale colors. Sometimes less > more.

01-20-2006, 07:05 AM
My comment is yours... I like the pale colors. Sometimes less > more.

I got it now...silly me! LOL!!

Big Up Ya
01-20-2006, 12:31 PM
Prefer your original colour image. All it needs is a tweak in the curves.

01-20-2006, 08:59 PM
Alright Big Up Ya? Where abouts in London d'you stay? I gotta come down soon to take more photos, loved it!

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Big Up Ya
01-21-2006, 01:15 PM
Holland Park. I dig London also.

Fudgepack Mountain? do tell!

01-21-2006, 01:53 PM
Nah, there's no detail what-so-ever in the bridge :D

Is that a bad thing?no, i actually do quite like this photo, i just thought there might be more detail in the foreground (the bridge).