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Wednesday last week at Trebarwith Strand, when the sun came out after a dreary bank holiday weekend.
Whilst my partner soaked up the rays, I faffed about with the camera, trying out various ideas.
This is one of them.

Intentionally shot with a panoramic crop in mind as my position and the state of the tide were both favourable.

This is processed with my normal "micro-contrast" adjustments, followed by a brief interlude in LAB mode (the first for many months, in fact) to help separate the cyans/blues/greens from each other, and then for the first time in ages I used the H&S (a seldom used tool) to actually severely desaturate the image.

I may put up the original colour version and a mono conversion at some point for comparison, but this is my preferred version.
IMO, the lack of colour actually makes it more dynamic.

I also usually find that whenever I write something lengthy like this, hardly anyone shows up to look! So thank you for getting this far and I hope you like this as much as I do.


LARGE PLEASE

Cheers

Bill

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 70 - 300 VR @ 300mm; f/8 @ 1/400; tripod; no filters Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:On the Crest of a Wave
Username:BillyGoatGruff BillyGoatGruff
Uploaded:10 Jun 2010 - 7:23 PM
Tags:Crest, Desaturated, Digitally manipulated, General, Sports / action, Surf dude, Trebarwith strand, Wave
Votes:27

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andy210966
10 Jun 2010 - 7:31 PM

Hey Bill

Like the Pano format for this which gives a good illusion of scale - especially with your centrally placed subject. Looks like a cracking wave. Agree about the desaturation for that dynamic feel!

Grand shot

Andy

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 7:34 PM

Hey Andy!
Thanks for showing up!

Bill

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
10 Jun 2010 - 7:39 PM

great shot brill timing and comp spot on
jj

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colin63
colin63  6 England
10 Jun 2010 - 7:45 PM

Needs to be viewed large great capture

Colin

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ickle_janie
10 Jun 2010 - 8:13 PM

Ah! what looks like a foot in the small version isnt!! maybe its time for me to invest in new spex!

its a lovely photo and I agree the colours suit it well

Well done
Janie

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 8:42 PM

Bloody fantastic!
Absolutely packed with energy and saturation and love the crop
Regards Rick

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:12 PM

Just has to be viewed large Smile

Sue

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:21 PM

Many thanks everyone!
Well, all nine of you!! Quite a surprising turnout: I wasn't expecting it! Ha ha! Smile

Bill

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:38 PM

I bet this would look superb when printed large. The wave formations are an art form in themselves, and I love the way they dwarf the sportsman.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:49 PM

Thank you very much, Ian!
That's praise indeed and greatly appreciated!!

Bill

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:55 PM

Sorry mate this one has stayed with me since viewing and so it takes my award for the next 7 days!
Still reeling Bill such an Inspiration ~ Gotta get me to Newquay or similar later this year!
Thanks for the Adrenaline Rush
Regards Rick

Last Modified By W1ldside at 10 Jun 2010 - 9:56 PM

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10 Jun 2010 - 9:55 PM

Gosh! Thank you Rick for your UA!
A very unexpected and extremely welcome surprise!

Cheers

Bill

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mitchy81  5 England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 10:07 PM

Although your write up started to lose me at Lab mode and H&S I do find it helpful in giving some of us uneducated an idea of what has been done in PS.
Great Image.
Phil

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10 Jun 2010 - 10:22 PM

Thanks Phil!

Bill

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Emu72
Emu72  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 10:42 PM

Yeah, looks good to me Bill, love the pov...

Glad to have you back posting!!

Regards
Tim

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2010 - 12:19 AM

large is superb bill ,such a great action image ,wonderfulSmile

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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2010 - 9:12 AM

Superbly done to enhance the power of the waves at Trebarwith Strand. The surfer is certainly dwarfed, and a quick estiamtion puts that wave at 12 feet, which is damned powerful. I agree that this looks great LARGE, and would print out well.

Dave

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User_Removed
11 Jun 2010 - 4:28 PM

Cracking shot Bill, very well captured and processed!

Chris C

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11 Jun 2010 - 5:26 PM

Thanks guys!

Bill

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markthecat
14 Jun 2010 - 10:22 PM

This is fantastic Smile

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Alan_Coles
15 Jun 2010 - 11:41 PM

I must remember to bookmark your portfolio ! (too mean & skint to afford an E2 membership..lol)

Anyway, immense image and I knew this would be one of your special pano and large would be a real treat - glad to say I was not disappopinted...cracking image and so powerful. I like the treatment to.

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15 Jun 2010 - 11:47 PM

Thanks Mark and Alan!

I really appreciate your support!

Bill

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