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A different approach

By chrissp26  
Taken on the same night as the whirlpool photo in my gallery.

This was taken a little later and was almost completely devoid of colour, but lacking something to do this evening I cranked open lightroom and photoshop and had a play with the brushes; a bit of colour here and dab of colour there and it's transformed into a somewhat surreal sunset.

Tags: Cornwall Digitally manipulated Polzeath Landscape and travel Flash and lighting

Voters: Sezz, zapar40, BillyGoatGruff and 7 more

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zapar40 11 66 5 Wales
11 Apr 2011 11:23PM
very nicely done.
BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
11 Apr 2011 11:27PM
Nice shot!
I had a play!

chrissp26 17 39 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2011 8:47AM
Thanks Bill, it looks great! I'm always frightened of using too much contrast but what you have done has inspired me further.

Thanks for taking the time to show me something different.

BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
12 Apr 2011 1:41PM
Glad you liked it, Chris!

Never be frightened of contrast!
Most images will benefit from a certain amount of contrast adjustment/control. Also learning about layer masking is invaluable here so that you can apply the adjustments selectively to different areas of the image, where they are need most.

Most of this mod was achieved in the RAW converter, funnily enough.
I felt it better to start where you did!

Once the conversion seemed pretty good to me, then it was time to move to photoshop where, I find, one has much more precise control of any further massaging.
Curves is probably the most powerful tool in photoshop and I usually use it almost exclusively, seldom touching many of the other tools available.
The other biggie is using LAB mode to perform curves edits, because one can affect the tone of an image (i.e using only the lightness channel) without affecting the colour. Conversely, the reverse is alo true: one can also make edits to the colour without the tonality suffering - I usually use curves again for colour edits, and quite often followed by selective desauration using the H&S tool whilst still in LAB mode.
There are plenty of articles on the web about LAB mode - Google it and follow your nose!
Once editing in LAB space is over you then must convert back to RGB space!

The other big suggestion I'd make is to make sure your camera is level! I've noticed one or two of your images seem to slope down to the right (I can only spot this after years of spotting it in my own images! Wink )
Using a hot-shoe bubble level is essential, but also double check with the levelling tool in ACR and then again in photoshop with the measure tool followed by . The measure tool will have already placed the correct angle for rotation into the image, so all you have to do is OK it and then re-crop if necessary.

Hope this was helpful.


chrissp26 17 39 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2011 12:26PM
Extremely helpful thanks Bill, it's always good to rub shoulders with the people out there who know what they are doing.

Yeah level is an issue, I'm usually in a rush when I upload (I spend 3.5hrs a day commuting Sad ) and I forget sometimes to do it, theres no excuse really, and I do try to make them level when they are taken but the hotshoe spirit level sounds like an excellent idea.

Thanks again for all the advice it really is appreciated!

cassiecat 13 39 46 England
29 Apr 2011 8:11AM
do like bills mod, the extra contrast makes it pop, i agree with darening down the rocks on the left and the horizon and the extra sharpening to the fg rocks is very effective.
will have to try bills processing advice myself.

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