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Cornish Dreams

By Metchick10
Saw some people sat together eating food and having a laugh, then the couple moved into the foreground. So I made them the focal point instead of the group sitting further back.

Tags: Cornwall General United kingdom Landscape and travel South West Coast Path


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2015 11:07AM
It's an attractive view, without the man it would be somewhat unengaging as a composition. The man literally brings it to life, takes us into the frame, gives us something to relate to.

It's a wee bit overexposed - I'm not sure that the plus exposure compensation helped you here although I can understand the logic for it. But midday sun bouncing off parched soil, you have lost some sense of texture there...

F22 was not necessary. A larger aperture, nearer the middle of the lens's range, would give better image quality and allow a safer shutter speed. (If hand-holding you want 1/50 second at the slowest here; but that doesn't cater for subject movement, having a living subject there I'd feel safer with a wee bit faster still...)

Another point - the sea horizon needs a very slight anti-clockwise rotation. (Or a tweak skewing the top right corner up a notch, which is how I have tackled it. For minor adjustment like this, Skew is good because it results in minimum loss of canvas space).

Just a very quick modification uploaded. I made a Levels adjustment moving the left and middle sliders to the right, skewed, did a bit of very discreet dodging and burning on the sky.

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TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2015 12:26PM
It's a lovely coastal scene that has the potential to be a picture postcard type of image. However, here it's definitely overexposed which is a shame.

I've uploaded a mod where, as well as adjusting Levels as Moira did, I've also cropped to a letterbox format. This, for me, concentrates the image into the important bits - the cliffs, the people and enough sky to balance the composition.

I added a neutral density gradient to the sky, set to the Overlay blend mode. I also did a bit of burning in on the bottom right corner where the gravel is, and a bit of light dodging on the man's face, neck and arm.

I did do a small Curves adjustment, just to increase contrast a touch. A small amount of sharpening (40% at a 0.5 radius) to try and bring some crispness to the distant hills and that's about it.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4021 Canada
12 Jun 2015 12:57PM
The scene is attractive. This is from a year ago, so I think that a year later, with feedback from us here youve learned some things that could have been used here.

You did not need a +1 exposure compensation; it has made the scene light and lacking contrast, though not burned out at ll; the loss is in shadows, where contrast and depth live. Try an exposure without compensation first, view it on the LCD and decide if it needs more or less exposure.

Mid-day is less than ideal, but many of us end up at a destination around this time, so its often not practical t shoot later or earlier where lighting conditions are less harsh.

Auto WB will give a blue cast, try sunlight, and with this shot just having th exposure reduced by 1 stop, and some work on contrast and white balance, the difference is remarkable.

Mod uploaded, tweaked as described.


12 Jun 2015 1:54PM
Thanks all for the feedback and critique. Its a beautiful place to visit and yes time of day let me down as usual lol .
Was camping with friends and they took their time as they do in getting up and ready. ...
mudge 17 1.0k 75 England
12 Jun 2015 5:28PM
I have not read previous critiques, so excuse me if I repeat what has already been said!

Lovely scene, taken from a good POV, however I think there is too much sky and foreground
The first thing that struck me was that it looked washed out (ie overexposed)

I would do a mod, but I see several have been done which address the points I have made
dudler Plus
16 895 1505 England
12 Jun 2015 10:03PM
The exposure's the problem. These are the sort of conditions where meters will get it right - though a great rule of thumb for sunny days is 1/ISO at f/11 to f/16. Here, you would have needed 1/200 at f11, say - and you gave more or less twice that (oddly, that amounts to plus one stop!)

Using f/22 has also made the dust bunnies very obvious: they are less sharp at wider apertures, and really obtrusive at f/22. I've circled several of them in my mod.

Sensor cleaning isn't a big deal - a blower bulb will usually clear most dust off. It's nerve-racking the first time you do it, but then it's a really easy way to save 25...

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