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Driving down the Kintyre peninsula I encountered this view across to Jura. The sea had lots of different bands of colours that I wanted to capture.
It was very windy and there were a lot of ripples that I have tried to bring out, I hope not too much.

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Apr 2014 - 12:49 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:View across to Jura
Username:sdixon2380 sdixon2380
Uploaded:16 Apr 2014 - 7:12 PM
Tags:Lake, Landscape / travel, Loch, Mountains, Sea
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61334 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 8:40 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Evening Steve

Another interesting landscape and the lines, colour and texture has been well visualised.

The EXIF data shows a balanced exposure - perhaps you could have come back to f11 and retained enough DoF. At the same time moving the shutter speed to 1/100s which would have been a little safer if handholding at 70mm. The main reason for coming back to f11 is to squeeze the best quality out of the lens. The more you close down the more the quality can deteriorate as the lens will start to diffract. The sweet spot on your lens will likely be f8 or f11 and with landscape, if it gives you enough DoF, is one to consider in your choice of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed combination.

You have other options with the scene as cropping in tighter to the ribbons of colour and texture across the water would create an interesting abstract. As it is however you have a well composed and appealing landscape.

It is quite a grainy looking image and the saturation to pull out the colours feels a little un-natural. I am interested in what you chose to do here in processing. Did you increase overall saturation or use the individual channels to pull out the blue and green?

The ripples create a fascinating texture with the light falling to pull out the shadows and highlights on the water.

I think this also works in mono because of the texture and tone across the image.

I would like to see the original image as a variant or uploaded on the modification option as this might be easier to work on to demonstrate a different way of working it through processing. I will have a play and see what I can do with a mod.

Regards
Paul

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sdixon2380
sdixon2380 e2 Member 4sdixon2380 vcard United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 - 9:05 PM

Thanks Paul, the colours in the water were pretty much like that, must have been to do with the clouds and depths because it did come and go.
I was quite extreme with Nik software to get the grainy feel, I usually start off extreme and pull back. I know this didn't look very natural but I liked the strange gritty effect.
I'll try and add the original JPG out of lightroom.
I haven't really reached the stage of knowing how to work with different channels yet.
Thanks again for your feedback.
Steve

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16 Apr 2014 - 9:07 PM

Paul, I like the mono image, thanks.

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61334 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 9:15 PM

Hi Steve

In Lightroom you have the HSL option in Develop module. On the Saturation tab you have all the colour channel sliders. You can increase or decrease individual colour channels to play with the image. Usually subtle changes work best to keep it looking natural and a good way of increasing blue in a sky using the blue and cyan channels, foliage with the green and yellow channels and so on. Give it a try.

Great for mono conversion too as you can control the tones using the colour channels

regards
Paul

Last Modified By Coast at 16 Apr 2014 - 9:16 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2896 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 9:36 PM

Hi Steve,


Can you tell us, step by step, how you re-size this for uploading to the site? Theres something I would like to check, and something Ive noticed in your last upload of the lake, which is a nice shot btw.

Did you use a tripod for this?



Thanks



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 16 Apr 2014 - 9:37 PM

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sdixon2380 e2 Member 4sdixon2380 vcard United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 - 9:42 PM

Hi Willie, I just crop using Lightroom to any size that I like rather than keeping to standard dimensions and then Export as a JPG to longest edge 18" and 72ppi. I keep the longest edge to 18" to keep the JPG size down. I don't do any resizing for uploading to this site.
Steve.

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banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2896 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2014 - 12:00 AM

Thanks Steve.

In LR, when exporting and re sizing, rather than using inches, use 1000 pixels; its possible your image will exceed 1000 pixels when you use inches, and the the EPZ site will resize, - this can cause quality issues; what do you do with the JPEG quality slider? It should be left to 100%.

The reason Im interested is that I see JPEG artifacts from file compression problems.

So, can you confirm the jepg quality slider for me?

Then, with this image, go back to the original file, and re-size it to 1000 pixels, and 100% jpeg quality.


Thanks


Willie

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2014 - 10:31 AM

Think you acheived what you set of to capture with the water
some good FB too
R.

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29 Apr 2014 - 11:37 AM

wonderful shot !!

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