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took this on sat how could i improve the water etc

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:28-70mm f/2.8 AF
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Sep 2011 - 12:51 PM
Focal Length:31mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Glenarm Bay
Username:williamsloan williamsloan
Uploaded:3 Apr 2012 - 10:01 AM
Tags:General
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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 10:10 AM

Great image - lovely bay- dramatic sky.One thing that needs correcting is horizon line which is not
straight ( something I do all the time but easily corrected in whatever software you've got).Otherwise a really lovely image with plenty colour and texture.GrinKate

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 11144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 10:30 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Horizon needs adjusting a little.
A little foreground intrest maybe you could get flat on floor and use texture of pebbles i=f there wasn`t any stones ,driftwood `etc.
Lose a 3rd from top so you just get the top of the hill in shot on left.

Positives
Nice curves into shot ,leads eye from front along water front.
Good exposure,you`ve held the colours in the clouds well.

Regards
Kim

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 11:03 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I have done a mod for you, Sraightened the horizon and altered the exposure slightly, gave it just a little more saturation and added a bit of light that lifted the colour of the water. There is a good few hot pixels but I didn't remove them because it took away the lamp posts and other detail on the seafront. I didn't sharpen either.
Lovely image. great view, Hope you like itSmile
Diane

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mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 12:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Billy,

I guess a good starting point would be to get it level Wink I know after your other uploads that you will be kicking yourself for missing this Grin.

One way of making the water stand out is to increase the contrast slightly and remove using a mask from the rest of the image or from areas that start to look to dark. Another way is of course by sharpening and what sharpening does is increase the contrast between two objects usually at the point where they meet but in a more detailed way, be careful not to over sharpen your image, which is something i'm often guilty of. Before sharpening your image size should be increased to at least 50% and ideally 100% you can then see the effect it's having on your image and if you start to see white lines/halos around areas in your image you need to reduce the effect as it is now becoming "over sharpened" and the haloing will cause you to loose detail in that area.
Using the unsharp mask I normally start with the radius set to 0.7 - 1, threshold 4 and then increse the amount until it looks ok in my eye's. Grin

Billy, in this image I altered the tones to lighten the sky along with 25% vibrance + 3% saturation, I then added a bit more contrast to the water before using the unsharp mask at the sttings above and the ammount set at 98.

I've posted two mods with the secind one being in B&W.

Take care
Martin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2012 - 3:51 PM

This is a nicely composed shot and I rather like it but you must get those horizons straight. That is basic stuff and the apparent tilt here is pretty strong. t may be made worse by the curve of the bay, but still needs attention.

paul

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