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Taken on west coast of Clare, Ireland. Sunny conditions and tricky to avoid harsh shadows and flare. Canon 17-55, ND grad. What do you think of the composition? Image from camera came out a little flat and colourless and needed a boost in RAW processing and Photoshop. I'm curious to know what are your favourite techniques to enhance blueness and contrast in a sky if it appears a bit insipid? Has my effort succeeded at all?

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Coastal Colours
Username:JJSmythe JJSmythe
Uploaded:28 May 2013 - 11:42 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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derrymaine
29 May 2013 - 7:01 AM

beautiful shot, wouldn't really change it. Maybe to monochrome, with a very low contrast and warm tones, but it wouldn't fit to the title WinkTongue

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61337 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 7:42 AM

A strong composition with the water leading you into the frame from the green foreground.

With no exif data uploaded its hard to comment on exposure choice of ISO, aperture and shutter speed however it looks like it needs a smaller aperture to give enough depth of field to keep the image sharp from front to back. An image like this needs that sharpness as your brought through the image to the rocks and horizon which here are slightly soft.

At the taking stage the graduated ND filter allows you to balance the exposure between land and sky however if you wish to enhance the blues a polarising filter would have helped too. It would also subtlety darken the green algae too reducing the yellowness.

In processing using editing software such as photoshop you can also select individual colour channels in saturation and use the sliders to increase or decrease that particular colour.

Also worth playing around in levels here and using a layer mask to help reduce the contrast selectively to pull up a little more detail in the shadow areas.

Nonetheless a pleasing image that with a little work to manage the contrast and a bit more depth of field would take it from good to great.

I hope that helps and answers your question.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

You are better to expose for the sky if no filters are available then lighten the shadows, but the image is very unsharp. You give us no exposure detail, so it is difficult to tell if the problem is focusing, movement or processing.

Paul

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