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I've given this some soft focus treatment, inspired by the work of Baz72 and MalcolmM. I took it on Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris in June. It's probably the most beautiful beach in the world. I don't think I'm quite there with my processing, but it's a first effort and I do quite like the effect. If you feel otherwise or have any comments and/or criticisms, please let me know.
Many many thanks to Walter (gajewski) for his UA for Doing what men do...
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jul 2012 - 3:07 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Aperture:f/14
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
ISO:100
White Balance:Auto
Title:Summertime
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:24 Aug 2012 - 9:49 AM
Tags:Beach, Digitally manipulated, Isle of harris, Landscape / travel, Outer hebrides
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TanyaH
TanyaH Critique Team 11687 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 9:58 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the effect as well. It's a bit like one of those weird holographic postcards that you turn one way, and the subject is doing one thing; turn it another and they're doing something else. The right hand side doesn't seem quite so 'soft focus' as the left hand side - don't know whether that was intentional or not, but I prefer the left hand side. In fact, there's two distinct images in this one - the whole image as you've currently got it, and a squarer crop of the left hand side to just to the right of the band of the dark sand clump in the middle. Taking away the small group on the right, and the bright colours of their clothing, leaves the left hand side of the image strangely muted in colour but, with the walkers in the distance, gives a wonderful sense of isolation and a focal point on the horizon. Either way, I really like the way you've processed it Smile

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BarryC123
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24 Aug 2012 - 10:09 AM

A very nice effect here. The beach does look amazing.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 10:12 AM

Your treatment has given your fine composition an attractive painterly effect but the real test ~ is it an improvement on the original?

Albert

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Badgerfred
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24 Aug 2012 - 10:14 AM

Beautiful scene Ann, love the soft focus,
Fred.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 10:34 AM

This is quite new to me but I do like the effect. - gary

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 544 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 10:59 AM

The effect works well for me with a very impressionist feel. I like rhe comp and it also works as a letterbox crop.
Alun

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andylea
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24 Aug 2012 - 11:12 AM

love the soft focus on this one ann a real cracker nice one Wink
andy

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 459 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 11:17 AM

You've done a marvellous job on this Ann, I like the whole image... Could you be persuaded to convert this soft focus image into mono? Would love to see the effect!!!!

Nice one.

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achieverswales
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24 Aug 2012 - 11:34 AM

Love it Ann very soft with minimalistic feel.

Regards

Trev.

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franken
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24 Aug 2012 - 11:38 AM

The treatment works really well Ann.

Ken

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digital_boi
24 Aug 2012 - 11:44 AM

Hi Ann something different here and it works for me good idea well executed

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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PaulLiley
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24 Aug 2012 - 12:14 PM

Hi Ann. Its good to be different and I think the composition and beach scene lends itself to this treatment but not sure that the figures look ok with the same effect. If they were sharp and rest soft focus it might be better for me but its only personal taste. However, its so good to experiment. Keep 'em coming. (composition is great) paul

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barbarahirst
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24 Aug 2012 - 12:14 PM

I like whay you have done .... whatever it is ..
This really looks great when you hit the lights out button

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
24 Aug 2012 - 12:19 PM

Think it looks great Ann works for me. Wonderful composition.

John

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 12:20 PM


Quote: In fact, there's two distinct images in this one - the whole image as you've currently got it, and a squarer crop of the left hand side to just to the right of the band of the dark sand clump in the middle. Taking away the small group on the right, and the bright colours of their clothing, leaves the left hand side of the image strangely muted in colour but, with the walkers in the distance, gives a wonderful sense of isolation and a focal point on the horizon.

Thanks for this suggestion Tanya - I like the idea of the left hand side square crop. I'll have a look into it.
Ann

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helenlinda
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24 Aug 2012 - 12:35 PM

I really like the effect - and would be tempted to add it as a masked layer to the original, and experiment with the different amounts of detail to bring back into the picture - you can then make up your own mind as to whether the figures should remain as they are, or have more detailed
Helen

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 12:36 PM

It's an intelligent manipulation that respects the mystery of light, that's important to me. I don't have the patience to work like this but I enjoy the results when they are as good as this.
I think I'd prefer the group on the right to be a little bit softer, hazier. I do like the square crop idea too.
Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 1:05 PM

I do like this look. So dreamy. I like the letterbox look myself. Chop the bottom off. Grin
x

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woolybill1
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24 Aug 2012 - 1:18 PM

The fact of the near figures being less soft than the rest of the image induces a sort of 3-D effect into the minimalist scene. I rather like the effect though would not attempt to reproduce it myself. The overall composition is excellent.
I too feel that a mono version might be interesting.
Regards
Bill

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Cliff1944
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24 Aug 2012 - 1:31 PM

Beautiful treatment - looks like a watercolour.
Cliff

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 8morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2012 - 1:44 PM

Beautiful image Ann, looks a fabulous place, I love the processing and presentation.

Hugh

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CarolG
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24 Aug 2012 - 3:10 PM

A wonderful presentation, Ann, love it SmileSmileSmile Carol

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LynneJoyce
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24 Aug 2012 - 3:14 PM

Love the idea as it suggests a summer heat haze. I think that there is more than one image in here with the focal points being the groups of people - I know, I had a play and found at least three before dog walking called me away. An idea to be pursued methinks.

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danbrann
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24 Aug 2012 - 3:49 PM

A very good and pleasant effect Ann. Only you will know whether or not it is better than the original bu you have had some god feedback to help you make your mind up.

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Scottishlandscapes
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24 Aug 2012 - 4:18 PM

A little golden glow maybe to make it look more summery. Maybe not this summer though.

I think what you've done is very impressive and might just try it myself, difficulty being I rarely photograph people on my beeches.

Dougie

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Hop-A-Long
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24 Aug 2012 - 4:47 PM

Fantastic post processing. Lovely with the soft focus.

Andy

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Gerryrys
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24 Aug 2012 - 4:57 PM

It works very well Ann.

Gerry

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lifesnapper
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24 Aug 2012 - 5:31 PM

A brilliant and effective process Ann, and a lovely shot.

JohnSmile

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Lillian
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24 Aug 2012 - 5:40 PM

It works so well for me..love it
Lillian

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gajewski
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24 Aug 2012 - 5:41 PM

Wow -- I'd say that your work with processing is very definitely "there."
First -- you started with a nice shot -- beautifully composed.
Second -- the processing works well.
Third -- you are welcome. That shot from Cuba deserved a UA.
-=\Walter

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MalcolmM
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24 Aug 2012 - 5:45 PM

Like what you've done, might be a case for less f/g (more of a letterbox) & did wonder if just the distant group be included. Looks like a busy day at Luskentyre. Works for me.
Malcolm

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WhiteRose1
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24 Aug 2012 - 6:13 PM

You've certainly provided an image for debate, Ann. I like what you've done although having two groups of people does cause the eye to switch between them. Cloning out the far group would make it more balanced (for me, anyway).

Dave

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taggart
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24 Aug 2012 - 7:00 PM

Just a bit softer and you will have it---
OH, and as slow Song suggests, maybe crop some of the beach/sand.

This is an exciting technique!

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ChiliMan
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24 Aug 2012 - 7:23 PM

I love the whole image and I love the differential softening. I've been eyeballing it at LARGE and it looks like you've done it intentionally. To my eyes, this is perfect.

As is the crop. I understand the comments on crop...BUT...I like how those short brown lines have gone into the bottom LH corner...and I like how the 'allowance of sand below' has given us a good sense of expanse of the beach. Also, the subjects are given good context relative to the scene and environment.

Bravo, I say.

I recently commented on VanillaPenguin's Lighthouse image saying I found it reminiscent of a Jack Vettriano painting. Your image makes me think of Vettriano too Smile

Andrew

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carper123
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24 Aug 2012 - 7:43 PM

One word Ann, superb, luv it, the composition and processing is awesome.
Well done.
Darryl x SmileSmileSmile

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bricurtis
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24 Aug 2012 - 8:37 PM

I like the effect but personally I would go for a letterbox image Ann as I see Chris has suggested. I don't actually see any effective square shots coming out of this - just my thoughts.Wink too much beach involved needs both groups of people.
Brian.

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Big_Beavis
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24 Aug 2012 - 9:30 PM

A great result.

David

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KingBee
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25 Aug 2012 - 8:41 AM

Beautifully dreamy. Reminds me of summer (from when I was a boy, that is, when summers were summers .......)

Regards.

Bob

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posty57
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25 Aug 2012 - 9:14 AM

Brilliant processing, but letterbox is the way to go....Smile

Barry

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jasonrwl
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25 Aug 2012 - 11:52 AM

Very interesting image Ann and the processing definitely works - looks like a watercolour
Jason

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annettep38
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26 Aug 2012 - 7:50 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yes the smaller cop would be nice, too. But I also like it as it is.
I might have tried 'diffusion' in the lens effects or clean without twirly ness as a prior enhancer .
Simplify might have given the groups edges... It would have left the groups sharp and clear and softened the surroundings.
Keep experimenting. My night shot was a 'simplify' conversion.

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AnnChown
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26 Aug 2012 - 8:23 AM

Thanks Annette.

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Glostopcat
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27 Aug 2012 - 12:11 AM

Very artistic indeed Ann, I like the feeling of isolation and vast open space, the people give one a real sense of scale

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fazzer
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1 Sep 2012 - 9:52 PM

love the soft focus treatment and pastel coloursSmile

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pascalg
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2 Sep 2012 - 3:41 AM

nice effect

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Niknut
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10 Sep 2012 - 4:33 PM

Ooooooer !!!.....missed this corker ?????

Cracking shot !!.....the processing has created a sort of 'dream-world' look !!....lovely work !!!!

& I get to make it 60 !!!!!!!!!!

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