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Luzzus in High Key

Luzzus in High Key
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-29
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Artwork, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon coolpix P7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-30 8:51
Viewed: 2588
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A group of Luzzus in the Fishing Harbor of Marsaxlokk, Malta. This time I tried a High Key technique produced by several filters in Photoscape. Honestly I used so many filters that I couldn't record them to give any details. I saw that the result was to my satisfaction and I thought to share it with you members of TrekLens.

Info exif:
Camera Model: NIKON (COOLPIX P7000)
Lens Focal Length: 18.10 mm
Shutter Speed: 5/916 sec
F-Number: F5.6
ISO: 100
Compensation: EV 0/10

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Hi Francis,
Wonderful result! Beautiful vivid colors floating on white. Excellent contrast, marvellous sharpness.

Hello Francis,
Your high-key image is just splendid. What a beauty!!! Wel donemy friend. Best wishes.

PS: Most times it is quite straightforward but sometimes not: What does it mean if it says the shutter speed was 5/916 sec? Someone please explain. And why that format?

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-04-30 9:24]

Hi Francis,

The high key tones in the bg & partial desaturation give this the look of a Chinese water color painting. It also could be Halong Bay in Vietnam. Good colour & sharpness. Tfs!

Creative and beautiful presentation! Love the colors of those Luzzus. Good pov and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.

Hi Francis,
I think this is some of your best work. I love whatever PP work you used to create this effect. The whiteness /contrasting with such strong colors of the boat make it almost a 3D effect. Very original and well composed pc of art. TFS Julie

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  • smogus (0)
  • [2012-04-30 9:45]

Hi Francis,

I'm always interested to see unusual post-processing techniques, the yellows in this picture really jump out and add a surreal quality, I think I would have been tempted to mask out the distant boats (on the horizon). But another first class picture.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-04-30 10:05]

Hi Francis Xavier,a great original result from your experimental PP work,very artistic,I like your seperation of B&W & the colours.Nice work.
Best Regards


Hi Francis,
Wanderful result and beautiful tone of colors and light,
Great reflection and détails.
Beautiful colored 'Luzzu' boats too.
well presented and composed.

Ciao Francis, greatPP work, like a painting, fascinating reflections and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-04-30 11:24]


Grandisoe compo quel beau blanc superbe quel reflet merveilleux avec ces belles couleurs des barques, une emrvielle, bravo.

Merci et amitié


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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-04-30 11:33]

HI Francis, congratulation for the result of your High Key experiment. It is wonderful and I want to see more of it. ´
Regards Rose

Good evening Francis,

Excellent work! a postcard with amazing colors and contrasts.
Beautiful pearly effect.
As an superb engraving that we buy,
to remember the great time spent on your "ISLAND OF MALTA"
My compliments for this non-pareil.
Cordially yours


Well your experiment, turn out pretty good results..))

When I look at highkey type picture, the first think I check in the shot, are the "dark tones" and the blacks. Hate highkey picture, that the blacks are wash out...not the case here.

I also like the composition here. Good work.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-04-30 12:26]

Beautiful effect of the use of different filters, very attractive, perfectly done

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2012-04-30 12:27]

Hello Francis,
Your high-key image is just superb. Creative and beautiful presentation!

Francis Xavier

I love this, very aesthetic , this photo has a very good design.
Excellent and creative work.
Eye catching impact. The pov is also clever.

Boa noite Francis,

Wonderful composition with fantastic PP work and colors.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2012-04-30 15:47]

> Ciao Francis.

I also loved the work, I use several plugins,
order to achieve this beautiful effect!
Excellent composition nice presentation.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.

Have a nice day,


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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-04-30 16:03]

Hi Francis, you are making it hard for you to top this one. Such an amazing shot, at first I thought it was a painting. Your Luzzus stand out against the light water BG and your use of filters and PP work is excellent. Great work & TFS

Hi Francis,

A very artistic presentation you have created here. I like the High Key technique along with the colorful boats. The reflections are well captured and the water looks stunning.
This process creates a very unique mood and your wide, pano type of crop works very well here.
Nice work! TFS.


Beautiful piece of art. So peaceful, and at the same time, it gives me happiness to look at those bright, clean colors next to the white surroundings. I love the result of all your talented work. Thanks a lot.


Lovely artistic work to produce this high key image. A very dreamlike and surreal image. Nice job

Hi Francis...excellent shot..very creative post processing. Great work.


Bonjour Francis Xavier,
Apparemment cette composition emporte un vif succès ...
L'accumulation des filtres dévoilent, seules, ces barques aux superbes couleurs, ainsi que leurs reflets aquatiques...
Ciel et mer disparaissent, laissant la vedette aux sujets...

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-01 1:31]

Hi Francis.

Full marks for this presentation, I love the work and effect you have presented here, a very interesting and positive lesson to us all, stay with it. TFS

Stv :0))

A superb work with amazing focus and contrasts, dear Francis!

I love the PP work you did here in order to even intensify the never-ending charm of these beautiful and artistic Luzzus. The sharpness and POV are excellent, and colors are original.

The picture you should be proud of!

Kind regards,

Olá Francis
You try to work your beautiful composition in another way...and it work well.
The liquid texture is over and the colors came soft. It is beautiful.
Um abraço

Hi Francis, definitely time well spent with your end result. A unique way to isolate the colours of the boats. Fiona

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-05-01 9:36]

Hello Francis Xavier,
A wonderful composition mirroring the image. Very good colors and contrast, beautiful building. Very good work and good perspective. Congratulations.
Thanks and best regards.

Hi Francis
outstanding presentation. excellent PP work, great and artistic results. remarkable use of High Key technique. beautiful vivid colored Luzzu with a uniquely bright BG.

Hello Francis,
wow, very nice effect you have created, a work of art, could be a post card or a poster.
Regards Caesar

bonjour Francis
Very original and perfectly done, nice result; compliments
best regards

Hi Francis, Nothing I can add - it is one of your most beautiful pictures - I love the mood, the colors,the reflections and eveerything comes from nowhere !!!
Kindest regards - and thanks for sharing - Monika

Hello Francis, this is an unusual shot,that I missed somehow!
It really stands out as different.
The limited amount of colour, your beloved Luzzus, in an attractive arrangemnt.The coloured reflections are particularly good.
Excellent work,and love the gull just flying away.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-05-05 8:27]
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Seeing your many images of these Luzzus, I llike the variarion here with you PP presenting an artistic almost dreamlike composition. PP is very well done with the color contrasting B&W BG.
Beautifully Done - should be framed and in a gallery.

PS: I have been very involved with my spring musical theater production over most of April, and the show opened May 3rd. Glad to be able now to visit and write critiques on TL.

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