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Take on a trip to Scotland earlier this year..

I know the sky`s a wee bit burnt out but hoping a mod from someone might help with it. I`m still trying out the layers in PS but just not doing it right. Must be an age thing!! lol..

I`m sure it`s got the potential to be a very nice photo but needs a lot more work..

I await you critique. Smile

Nige.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 700D
Lens:Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Feb 2014 - 3:11 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Scottish Loch
Username:Nigwel Nigwel
Uploaded:24 May 2014 - 3:17 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2831 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2014 - 4:49 PM

I tried a mod Nigel. It seems that theres a lot of mist present, not unusual for Scotland, and theres no real detail there. Its not actually burnt out according to the histogram, - its close, bit not overexposed.

I have recovered as much as I can, but if it is mist, its a good as it gets.

Let me know if it works for you.

I used the shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop CS for the main part, and also altered colour balance a little. I see something that resembled noise in the sky, - but there would be none at ISO 100, - so reduce that a little too.


Regards


Willie

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2014 - 9:36 PM

Looks like it is mist/fog/drizzle/low cloud judging by the greyness across the distant hills.
So even shooting in RAW there'd be precious little to 'recover'.

Apart from painting in a sky from elsewhere which very rarely looks right, there's not much to be done now.

In a similar situation, a graduated ND filter would help put some tone in the sky so that the image doesn't fade out at the top. If you don't have one, taking a second underexposed shot and blending the sky in later would do.

This is an example where post processing is beneficial to an image, at least to get it to the point as 'you saw the original scene'.
It's nice to see the hazy sunlit foreground against a moody background, and the boat makes a good focal point.
You've done pretty well in typical Scottish (or any mountainous British) conditions.

Keith

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Nigwel
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28 May 2014 - 10:51 AM

I'm going to give raw a try.

Seems there's so much more available to to with a raw photo.

Thank for your advice Willie and Keith. Weathers not to clever here.

Nige. Smile

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