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By williamsloan
I liked this image with the misty hazey look what could i have done to improve it.
i cropped a version i would value your comments

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
29 May 2012 3:11PM
Hi Billy, how are you,

V1 for me Billy.

Make a copy then go to "Levels" and in the default box select "Lighter Shadows" next apply a layer mask and erase the effect from everywhere except the stones in the foregrund right. Then go to your blend modes and select "Overlay" and this time just erase the effect from the stones.

You will end up with a stronger image. The stones will be a little more visable because you've lightened the shadows and the blues in the sky will be more vibrant because of the overlay. Add a slight touch of saturation if you wish but only a very slight bit.

Take care Billy and thanks for your comments.


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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
29 May 2012 5:13PM
Hi Billy,

Neither one for me, but somewhere in between.

First, the settings. You are still using the wide open aperture, on Aperture Priority, and you need to stop that down, i.e use a smaller aperture, say f/5.6 or f/8 for these. Its something you are missing a lot, and chosing Aperture Priority is the setting that gives you control over aperture, and you seem not to take advantage of it.

From a composition point of view, theres too much of that wall in the foreground. The rocks appear like a nice feature, as they are reflecting some nice light, but the wall needs to go, and the rocks need to stay. Moving your camera upwards while taking the sot would have done it for you. Once the wall is cropped off, the horizin ends up closer to a third, and to place it on a third, adding a little more sky makes it work better.

The exposure you have here is a compromise between the light of the sky, and the dark of the foreground, and without using an ND Grad filter, you have to rely on Photoshop to reduce exposure a little in the upper area, and lift shadows a little in the lower. This gives you a less hazy sky, and more detail on the rocks. Cropping off the quayside on the right for me removes a distraction.

Ive done this in the mod Billy, - so nest time we need to see an aperture thats not wide open!


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 11:26PM
Think you've got plenty advice above.
I learn from these crits also.
You are composing your images much better.
So keep on practising.

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