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Boiling pot

By Merbert
We spend a weekend in Noosa National park.
This is one of the shot from Sunday morning just on sunrise.
For those who want to know more about the national park see:

Post production was done in Photoshop CS5 raw converter and Photoshop.
Thanks for looking

Tags: Fun Nature Australia Travel Rocks Sea Ocean National park Landscape and travel Noosa nikon D800

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Mike43 10 320 21 England
9 Feb 2015 9:02AM
Not sure why your photo is in the Critique Gallery because for me there is nothing wrong, it is a great shot.
Maybe in the perfect world there might have been a little bit more sense of movement from the water, but hell what can you do.
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2015 11:25AM
I ams struggling to look for negatives. A great shot, very well composed and exposed with superb colour and clarity.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2015 10:28PM
It is a fine image in many ways. My first reaction when I saw it was a very proficient HDR? Is it HDR?

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
9 Feb 2015 10:32PM
What a gorgeous scene.

The horizon indicates it needs a small rotation to level, - not a huge amount.

You dont mention using a grad filter, or multiple exposures; if not, the lower area can benefit with a little more exposure, and the upper with a little less.

The water appears slightly too blue (the lightest areas) even tough you have a very warm white balance, - so perhaps it might benefit with a touch less blue tone.

Take a look at the mod and see what you think.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
9 Feb 2015 10:40PM
Very well done to get detail throughout, whether you've blended exposures, used HDR or combined two conversions from the same RAW file.

I'd go more towards Willie's mod wher ethe cyan cast visible in the water has been removed.

Very effective with the rocks creating that circular foreground frame.

Merbert 12 5 1 Australia
10 Feb 2015 12:19AM
First of all! Thank you all for having a look.
It is no a HDR, I used graduated filters in the raw converter in a single file.
Willie, I like your mod. Just a bit to warm for my taste. It was very early morning and the light only just came over the hill.
I do however appreciate your effort! Thanks
Thanks again to all for the feedback, it is always good to see with someone else's eyes.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2015 8:37AM
I would be looking at colours somewhere between the original and Willies mod. It does seem a bit too warm in the mod, but the original slightly flat and dark in the bottom half, hence the effect similar to HDR. Tonal compression.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
10 Feb 2015 7:08PM
Colour is an odd beastie.

There's a strictly correct technical answer to what is 'correct', and for some purposes, that's really useful. For art, it can be what looks right: though that makes it a matter of opinion, and everyone can have a different view... I tend to like a little blue to indicate cold, and red/orange to show warmth.

This has a very lush look to it: the colours are too rich (however they are on the spectrum) for those of us living in a chilly northern winter!

As Willie says, the horizon looks wrong: that is a must-do correction, always. However, it looks more complicated than a simple tilt - the outcrop on the right seems tilted up, as well.

Very odd indeed - I tried a rotation, then some skewing, and the horizon went askew again... So I did a second mod, skewing first, then rotating. In this version, I also went for a sort of halfway colour correction...
Merbert 12 5 1 Australia
10 Feb 2015 8:04PM
I like your second mod, still find the rock area to warm. I didn't even noticed the horizon til you guys pointed it out, so thanks for that.
Thanks again

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