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This is the last of the shots I took with Theis Dahl the other weekend and, in case you're wondering, this rung was about 10" long and formed part of the internal structure of the boat I put up in this shot.

If you're interested, the original is here:


In this instance the processing was extremely straightforward; i.e. a 16x9 crop, a Curve to increase contrast, and another masked Curve to add a vignette.

Oh, and this one definitely looks better with the black theme!

And finally, if you didn't read my entry on my previous image, our latest tutorial – Working with textures: part two – has now been published. There's some further info here:


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11.17am on 13/6/09
Canon 5D
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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comment by Alex at 04:07 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2009

Buenas tardes David, unas texturas impresionantes las que ha conseguido en esta escalera oxidada, junto a la cadena y la cuerda.
Buen trabajo, como siempre.

comment by Mark at 04:47 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2009

Awesome shot! Love it.

comment by Desert Dream at 05:30 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2009

Love the texture of the rust and the dark orange-reds!

comment by Dan Kaufman at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2009

That's my kinda processing: extremely straight forward !!! But I'll tell ya it worries me when I add a curve layer, a vignette, and then I can't figure out what else I "should" do. Hmmm..."looks good to me" is what I usually come up with. :)

comment by 1meter89 at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2009

Great shot - love the focus, the texture and the orange colour. :)
But there are two things that distract me a bit:
1. The "huge" shadow on the chain in the foreground where I can't see it's source.
2. Although exif data says otherwise - compared to the background the rung and the chain look like you used a flash - is that the sunlight?

comment by Carlos Garcia at 01:43 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2009

Thanks for posting the original. Always amazed at the vision you bring to the most benign image. What I see as "throwaway" you infuse with creativity and the result is always captivating.


comment by Stephen at 06:28 AM (GMT) on 1 July, 2009

Dave, I'm excited to get to your latest tutorial, thank you for posting it!! I've beeen a subscriber for over a year now, and have honestly just now really had time to get down and dirty with the tutorials. If you would like to have a peek at a success sucess story owing to you, have a look at this shot... here with the original here

comment by Jaol at 02:37 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2009

The mood, the real colors, the definition, the texture, the composition...all in this is wonderful.

comment by thomas mueller at 11:59 AM (GMT) on 26 July, 2009

the question is you walked up or down. nice lightsetting!