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This is another perspective on the St. Kilda Pier . In the previous shot, I was on shore, shooting up through the waves. In that shot you could see a breakwater, with a large yellow cross (a pipeline marker I’m told). For this shot I went out to the end of that breakwater to get this different perspective.

The breakwater was obviously doing its job. Here you see the sea is much quieter. In this shot, I wanted to capture the rock, the pavilion out at the end of the pier, the great blue sky of course with the fence and light standards, but I also wanted to see some activity on the pier. I waited here for a little while, hoping for some walkers to come along and help balance the shot. I didn’t get any walkers, but these two guys on bike came along to help me out.

For those looking for yet another perspective (a straight down the tubes shot), I’ve included a shot from the pier itself in the workshop.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
Shot was taken in Raw, with a jpeg for reference (ISO 400 20 mm @f/16, 1/500)
NEF file adjusted for exposure, shadow and vignetting
Cropped with perspective to pull light standards into alignment with edge
Levels – adjusted white points
Curves – hit auto, then toned this down by eye, applied some contrast on RGB
Added an overlay layer and dodged and burned with 5-20% opacity black and white brush – Also, I found that I had taken a drop of water on the filter (from a previous shot) – I got rid of this drop using the overlay layer with a technique I had used previously in my Josephine Falls shot.
Saturation layer +20 to master
Colour Balance layer - -2 to magenta / blue on midtones (to put just a little life into the rocks)
Saved as a tiff
Cropped, resized, reduced noise on sky selection, added a layer, inversed selection, sharpened with USM, modified sharpening with a layer mask (30-80% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg

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