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Took this shot last year, I have popped the colour on boat Quad and surf board.
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
Although it's one of my pet hates, I have to say you've done a good job with the colour popping!
The de-saturated background looks a little flat though.
I'd like to see the colour version.
I think I would like to see more space on the left side. And would also like to see the colour version. Nicely done though.
I think the colour popping looks quite good. It usually works best when there are lots of busy colours in a scene and you want to isolate the main objects. I am not sure there is all that much competition here and the strong colours of the boat and surf board might have stood out anyway. Difficult to be sure though without seeing the original. Next time you could always load the two up as "versions".
I agree with Sandy about leaving a bit more space on the left hand side. There is quite a bit of empty space to the right. I have uploaded a mod for you where I cropped off a chunk of the shot down the right hand side and added extra canvas to compensate on the left. This does leave you with a large blank area to fill in with cloning. I have had a go but you need to do it a bit more carefully than I have done to avoid repeating patterns. Finally I cropped off a bit from the left hand side and the bottom to give more prominence to the boat etc.
The shot is nice and sharp and well exposed, so lots of positives.
I see you've only joined the site within the last week so welcome!
The colour-pop is technically well done but not to my taste and not, in my view, necessary at all. The bright reds, yellows and oranges should stand out naturally against what seems to be a background of sandy browns and dull greens. The surfboard already looks a bit weird holding itself in that bizarre pose but the colour-pop starts to make it look super-imposed, to me.
I have to say, I'm bewildered by your camera settings. The 'sunny sixteen' rule says that you expect an exposure of 1/100s at f/16 and ISO-100 on a sunny day but you've managed 1/400s (the extra stop at f/22 cancels out the ISO increase to 200) with, according to the EXIF, three stops of negative exposure compensation. That suggests that the light was thirty-two times as bright as a regular sunny day! Has something corrupted the EXIF?
Assuming f/22 is correct, I'd recommend using a much wider aperture. First, it would let you throw the background at least slightly out of focus, which would help the foreground stand out. Second, narrowing the aperture beyond about f/11 causes a loss of sharpness from diffraction. This means that, although you get more depth of field, the sharp region is less sharp (and this shot could be sharper). f/11 would have been more than adequate for this shot; indeed, something around f/8 should have given plenty enough depth of field.
Once again great advise, I can not currently find the colour photo original, just changed computers and some files are still on the other HDD, I until I get the original I can not confirm if the EXIF info is corrupted??
I will keep looking and once I get the colour one I will upload it.
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