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calm passage

By williamsloan
i took this last night,i was chasing sunsets.i have not altered it in there any thing i could have done to improve the image

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puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 10:47AM
Hi Billy, it's a nice looking image and not a great deal wrong with it. I've done a mod for you, just to see what you can do to try and enhance your image in another way. I've cropped the image from the left to remove the jetty. I boosted contrast, clarity and vibrance. I then used the quick selection tool on the sea > filter > blur > gaussian blur. Hope you like it.

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 10:50AM
Good composition Billy.
I'm never 100% sure about night shots myself.
I'll leave advice to somebody more experienced.
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
25 May 2012 12:19PM
Hi Billy there is not a great deal wrong with your version, I have changed the comp slightly and used the levels to lighten the image plus added some saturation. I have used the grid to align the transmission mast and horizon with the ROT.

just another point of view.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
25 May 2012 3:12PM
Its a decent image Billy. To answer your question, yes, you could have improved the shot at the time of shooting, and then a little more in post processing.

The main area to be addressed at shooting time is the composition, and panning left until you had lost that quay wall would have been better.

The second area is shot settings. I think you did OK assuming you didnt use a tripod, BUT using a smaller aperture would have provided better front to back sharpness. Wide open is not going to be as sharp as you can get, so one or two stops down would have been best, but beyond hand holding range.

The rest is post processing, and thats really focused on the fact you have the image of the ship, and then a background image of the far shore and the sky, which can be treated differently to get the best of both worlds.

The reflection in the water draw a lot of attention as they are very sharp in contrast to the rest of the image, so adding a small amount of Gaussian blur on the reflection to tone them down a little can help. This might be what puertouk was getting at, but best to limit the blur to a small amount, and only the reflections, or you have a Ghost ship.

Anyway, keep at it, and Ive loaded a mod to show what Ive been talking about.



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