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By NikkiW  
hi everyone,

hope everyone is well, im feeling jolly tonight as im not working tomorrow, yeah! its the start of my weekend...yippee!

now ive probually p*@#*d you all off...

this picture was taken as an afterthought, well i took a few, the sun was long gone but left us with this surreal glow, the colours are just as the camera took them.

its a bit dark i think, but to lighten it, you loose the colours........

tech stuff.... F6.3 exposure 2.5 secs

hope you like it though... any advise to lighten it would be very much appreciated.

nikki x

Tags: Sunset Beach Sea Afterwards Tide out Landscape and travel Heacham Flash and lighting

Voters: TripleDshake34, JohanSmidt, graceland and 26 more

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13 Sep 2007 7:05PM
Fantastic sky
13 Sep 2007 7:07PM
This is the kind of pix that I long to take one day, but then I'm too much of a late sleeper ! Well done - really looks just like we see where I live.
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 7:19PM
Stunning ,,,,,,,Well Done
rmr 13 1 Wales
13 Sep 2007 7:25PM
cracking shot ,well done
13 Sep 2007 7:35PM

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
13 Sep 2007 7:40PM
I wouldn't change a thing! The colors are rich and beautiful.
NikkiW 14 33 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 7:43PM
thanks folks...... Smile
proz 16 205 United States
13 Sep 2007 8:25PM
a cracker
13 Sep 2007 8:34PM
Really lovely!
RosePhoto 14 5 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 9:25PM
Bold colours really make this!
GaryR 14 1.3k England
13 Sep 2007 10:28PM
Fabulous colours.

Goggz 14 2.3k 72 Wales
13 Sep 2007 10:56PM

Quote:This is the kind of pix that I long to take one day, but then I'm too much of a late sleeper !
Must be a teenager, 'cos this is a sunset Wink

Nikki - try this from Simon Palmer for selective lightening & darkening - it works a treat!!

"Open the image in PS CS3.

Get rid of any dust spots, or lens flares.

Duplicate the background layer twice.

Set the first layer to Multiply, for this image I chose a Opacity for this layer of 16%, it varies depending on image.

Set the second layer to Soft Light and an opacity of 20%, again varies depending on image.

Create a third new layer, set it to Overlay mode and fill it with a mid grey (mid grey is transparent in Overlay mode) RGB to 127,127,127. I then paint white or black on this layer to either lighten or darken areas. You can also change opacity of this layer should you require it. I prefer this method to Dodge and Burn. In this instance i lightend the barn (painted it white) and also the bottom right hand corner a touch. I have left this layer at 100% opacity for this 'demo' would probably have toned it down a touch normally, but just trying to show the effect.

Thats it for the shopping work, takes 5 mins if that. On some images I can build up many layers, when one comes along this way I promise to do another B&A and short tutorial with it if that is ok with you all.

I then create a new image at A3, paste this image into it, give it a quick border and sign it

I then crop close to the border so as not to waste my precious 1000 pixels and resize it using Bicubic Sharper.

I then use Smart Sharpen to sharpen it, for this image I used 60%, 1.0 pixels and remove Gausian. Bear in mind that sharpen will additionally lighten an image in most instances.

Convert it to SRGB, I work in ProPhotoRGB if you're interested.

Please note I didn't touch any curves or saturation at all, everything I did is listed above."

His picture is here

CHeers, Goggz
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
14 Sep 2007 12:23AM
A beautiful shot. I did a mod re the lightening and before I read Goggz's comment - as I said on the mod there's more than one way of doing most things

Nice work

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 4:34AM
wonderful colours Smile
NikkiW 14 33 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 9:27AM
thanks for the tips stephen and goggz....Ill go and have a go...... Smile
tony64 17 204 9 England
15 Sep 2007 11:01AM
Worth hanging around for!!!! I wish I'd had these skies in Rhodes, but there was no clouds! See my last upload. Tony
Hipcheck 13 1 Scotland
23 Oct 2007 8:07PM
Great photo and the colour is just great and the beach and the strip of water on the beach is great.

30 Nov 2007 8:29PM
Wow gorgeous strong colours.
Lovely beach sunset pic.
brianjw 13 4
9 Jan 2008 8:56PM
Wow love it.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 3:30PM
lovely sunset
30 Mar 2008 5:59PM
lovely shot
Gary_Macleod 16 166 Scotland
2 Apr 2008 7:25PM
love it
newty1 15 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2008 11:01PM
stunning sunset
HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
16 Jul 2009 8:25PM
Great lines, great colot, nice perspective

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