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This is a difficult photo for me. The light contrast was very strong, I just loved the boat on the sparking water and the back light against the houses.. I saw the boat was coming when it was in front of the light house,I didn't have much time to be prepared,and had no time to check the histogram. I was amazed by the speed of the boat, so the only solution for me was to change the shutter speed from S 350-8000 in about two minutes' time for 7 frames.. to see what I could get after the boat had gone. S350 is a bit flat and 'boring', S8000 is too dark to be bothered to brighten it up. This is the middle one about S2000. I used the screen layer to brighten up the houses, the sparking water is not as good as I saw...I'd like to have your thought about the image.. anything, shooting, PS work..etc. Maybe, this is another image that one shot can't cover the whole light range.. I need to use the faster shutter speed one to cover the high light(sparking water). I'll upload the original on MOD section for you to have a look, or a better MOD than this one. Thanks for looking, all comments, criticisms&MODs are welcome.
BTW, the photo was taken at Whitby.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Sep 2012 - 2:51 PM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Boat and...
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:19 Nov 2012 - 11:20 AM
Tags:Boat, Landscape / travel, Light
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Unique Views:32
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There is such high contrast in this image that compromises have to be accepted, I feel, Jasmine.
I have taken the liberty of offering a mod. in which I have altered the histogram, brightness, shadows and contrast to different parts of the image.......not sure what you will feel about the result, but I have tried to conserve the character of the image, retaining as much contrast as possible yet allowing a bit more detail to show up in the deeply shadowed areas.


Ronnie has done a great job! Lovely composition!

paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
19 Nov 2012 - 7:39 PM

You certainly work for this one. Quite nice but shadows are a bit heavy and Ronnies mod is well done. Difficult subject indeed and twinkling water with boats usually looks better with just sky or more water as background. Well seen though.


21 Nov 2012 - 2:28 AM

Hi Xwang,

You hit the nail on the head with the words 'Difficult Shot', it is indeed however, you have managed to err in the right direction with the underexposure rather than overexposure. With regards to the twinkling water, there isn't much you can do to change what you got but there are other things that can be changed. A bit of fill light in Adobe Camera RAW and a good session with colours and the dodge and burn tool can give you some good results. HDR was out of the question here due to the movement of the boat. Unless of course you were game to take the on exposure shot when the boat was there and the other two after the boat has gone but a tripod would have been essential for that and the clouds would have suffered if they were moving fast.

I did upload a mod where I adjusted the white balance to remove the blueish cast, added fill light and contrast in ACR then uploaded to PS5 and adjusted the colours. I reduced the greens, added some red and removed the blue from the clouds. I then burned some of the highlights, then dodged the yacht and white buildings. I cropped the image to put the boat in the bottom right corner and then I sharpened.

Hope this helps


Last Modified By Davesumner at 21 Nov 2012 - 2:31 AM
Tibetan  3 England
21 Nov 2012 - 2:35 PM

An excellent shot of a difficult subject, the light on the water is very well done under the circumstances, and a good cloud formation with lovely colours, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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