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Perch Rock Lighthouse, New Brighton

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 2 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The 1827 Perch Rock lighthouse at the mouth of the River Mersey in New Brighton. Photographed from the top of the concrete breakwater during some extremely stormy weather.

At my camera club on Tuesday evening I was asked about the method I use in Photoshop for upscaling my photos so that they can be printed at larger sizes than would normally be possible from my 6 megapixel Nikon D40 camera:

I promised John Garner that I'd post the method so here goes:

I use Photoshop CS3 but you should be able carry out the same steps using the latest versions of Photoshop Elements:

"Open the photo that you want to scale up and go to 'Image' then 'Image Size'. Set image resolution to 300 pixels to the inch.

In the relevant boxes enter the final dimension of the print that you want multiplied by 120% and set the bottom box to 'Bicubic Smoother' and tick the 3 boxes just above it. (eg if you want a 30 inch wide print the calculation would be 300 pixels x 30 inches x 1.2 = 10,800 pixels which is the figure you'd enter in the 'width' box

Final step: once the image has upscaled to the 120% mark you then take it back down to the 100% target size using 'Bicubic Sharper' (eg you resize back down from the 10,800 pixels of the previous example to 9000 pixels)"

I hope that helps John! long as your original image is sharp you should find that you can get consistently great prints at sizes of 30" x 20" from a 6mp original photo.

NIKON D40 1/125 second F/9.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Strong composition and impressive forms!!! Perfect DOF... great textures! Have a nice long weekend Ian!:-)

2 Apr 2010 6:33am

Jacob S. Jensen from Aarhus, Denmark

Amazing shot! Very clean and minimalistic b&w shot. I never get tired of looking at a photo like this.

2 Apr 2010 7:52am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

great compo. i like

2 Apr 2010 8:28am

k@ from Paris, France

Terrific compo, i enjoy this foreground and all in this image, bravo.

2 Apr 2010 8:28am

missparis from PARIS, France

Superbe photo

2 Apr 2010 8:59am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb compo and perspective ! a beautiful B&W !

2 Apr 2010 9:48am

sithenah from Greater Manchester/Cheshire, United Kingdom

Terrific composition - I recall trying to photograph this once and my results were miserable.

2 Apr 2010 9:50am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

This is definitely a big WOW photo !

2 Apr 2010 10:05am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


2 Apr 2010 11:40am

ARTURO LOPEZ from Toronto, Canada

Excellent composition and bw treatment, as always

2 Apr 2010 11:46am

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice shot

2 Apr 2010 12:19pm

dan from Paris, France

The sobriety of the landscapes and the treatment of the images is, every time, remarkable !

2 Apr 2010 1:14pm

AK3 from yokohama, Japan

The block that curves and expands sets off the depth of the screen further. It is a wonderful composition !

2 Apr 2010 1:44pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning composition again !

2 Apr 2010 4:04pm

sil from Italy

Amazing image! Love the pov and tones!

2 Apr 2010 6:10pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Excellent! Love the curve of the breakwater.

2 Apr 2010 6:18pm

Barbara Manners from Toronto, Canada

Absolutely bang on!!

2 Apr 2010 7:36pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Beautiful, powerful photograph.

2 Apr 2010 8:17pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Fantastic photo Ian. I love the sweeping curve of the breakwater and the contrast of subjects.
Interesting tutorial on the image resize - I'll have to compare it to the Alien Skin BlowUp plugin I use.

2 Apr 2010 9:42pm

elena from torino, Italy


2 Apr 2010 11:16pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Magnificent, Ian - a very strong composition with engaging detail everywhere. Five stars.

3 Apr 2010 2:48pm

Dave Gibbeson from United Kingdom

I love this Ian, great contrast. I really like the structure of the breakwater if thats what it is. It really adds to the image interest.

3 Apr 2010 3:12pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb composition and excellent contrast and tonal range!

3 Apr 2010 3:34pm

Joao Mourao from Portugal

Fabulous landscape. Congratulations.

3 Apr 2010 3:40pm

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Congrats! This is a very strong composition and very good processing!

3 Apr 2010 5:14pm

☾éline from New York City, United States

Congratulations on the spotlight ! This is gorgeous !

3 Apr 2010 10:13pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars : a great seascape…

4 Apr 2010 8:32am

אזרחות פולנית from Israel

Great photo - looks more like "photoshop" art - especially second plane

4 Apr 2010 11:22am

OpenSpace Images from Wirral, United Kingdom

Congratulations on the spotlight. Well deserved - this is a great image, such a strong composition

4 Apr 2010 4:06pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

wonderful photo , framing and contrast fabulous, cheers for the spotlight .

4 Apr 2010 6:23pm

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

Wonderful, congrats for your spotlight !

4 Apr 2010 6:42pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


4 Apr 2010 10:58pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Really it is too fantastic

5 Apr 2010 6:30am

Guy from Dalarö, Sweden

Your images continue to blow me away (not just this one, pretty much all of the ones you have posted on this site).

When you decide to hold a post-processing workshop, let me know and I will fly over from Sweden (or South Africa) to attend , I really want to learn how to get that creamyness that your images have. :)

5 Apr 2010 9:04am

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Great & Wonderful shot :)

5 Apr 2010 11:24am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

WOW breathtaking , the detail and tones are striking, congrats on spotlight

5 Apr 2010 4:43pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Fabulous shot with outstanding composition and post processing

6 Apr 2010 3:54am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really good image, ilike the concrete breakwater

6 Apr 2010 5:50am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Fantastic perspective! Great shot!

6 Apr 2010 7:57am

sil from Italy

Just beautiful!

6 Apr 2010 10:58am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Awesome image! Congratulations on your spotlight! Thanks for sharing this info!

6 Apr 2010 10:26pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

A photo of a great power! One of my favorite in your portfolio!!

7 Apr 2010 12:07am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Great shot !

7 Apr 2010 5:04am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Superb composition and scenery unreal ... Grays are fantastic!

7 Apr 2010 12:57pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome shot!

7 Apr 2010 4:36pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Really a brilliant pov!

8 Apr 2010 3:53am

Naveen Bachwani from Mumbai (Bombay), India

Superb shot, Ian! I think the metal/stone links only add to the "solidity" of the composition!

12 Apr 2010 10:36am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This image is superb. The viewpoint and framing are inspired and the post processing you've done really creates the mood as well as making that awesome forecround pop.


16 Apr 2010 1:47am

moodaholic from Denmark

And the winner is....

17 Apr 2010 3:27pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thank you all for your comments on this photo!

Update - April 2010 - I was delighted that a print of this photo was voted winner of the NCPS Rosalind Bramley Competition for best B&W print.

The upscaling method that I outlined at the top of the page is the one I used to get the A3 sized print for the Rosalind Bramley competition. My Nikon D40 would normally only be capable of producing A4 sized prints at it's native resolution but using the methods I described I can consistently get great competition standard prints from my 6mp D40 at sizes up to 30 inches x 20 inches.

21 Apr 2010 11:00am

ajo from madrid, Spain


1 May 2010 4:48pm

Punit from Wanderer, India

Again, awesome composition...

31 Aug 2010 8:19am

syber76 from Le Havre, France

Perfect DOF. Great textures!

19 Apr 2011 2:44pm

1/125 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)