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    An old oil drum stands on the quay in Ballycotton rusting away as the exposed metal is beaten down by the elements.

    Technique: I increased the saturation of the reds to bring out the rust of the drum. I desaturated other colours so the drum would stand out.
    I then duplicated the layer and darkened the top one to bring out the clouds and sky before using a layer mask to expose the ground on the bottom layer. After that a simple gradient at the top of the image provided a nice dark effect and finally, I dodge and burned the rust until I was happy. Was that useful?

    I used CocoViewX to view my work directory from my Linux box on my Macbook. I was surprised that Finder didn't display thumbnails and I didn't want the iPhoto heavyweight when all I wanted was to know which image was which.

    gainesp2003, johncarney, c_hrisdrew, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Made You Look 103 months ago | reply

      Great shot.
      i love the angle.
      and the forbodeing sky is a great backdrop.

    2. myriapod 103 months ago | reply


    3. Hans van Reenen 103 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot. Great angle and depth.


    4. franzliv 103 months ago | reply

      Score 7/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    5. atranswe 103 months ago | reply

      Great shot!
      Score _7,5_/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    6. DesignShots 103 months ago | reply

      I like the wide angle, I think that it gives great perspective. Not to mention you really capture the texture of the rust very well. Score 9/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    7. Sirber [deleted] 103 months ago | reply

      nice rust!


    8. gainesp2003 103 months ago | reply

      I like the difference in saturation between the foreground and background. Also very nice composition, not only artistically but every element supports the others - the drum and netting in the foreground go with the fishing boats, bay, and coastal town in the background. Nice!

      Score 10/10 (from the Score Me! group)

    9. Daniel Greene 102 months ago | reply

      This would be good for the RUSTY & CRUSTY pool!

    10. Donncha Ó Caoimh 102 months ago | reply

      Thanks Daniel for the suggestion, added it!

    11. David Reis 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Oil Drums, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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