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Making Tracks

By axonsprout
I took this of the North bay in Scarborough after the tractor picking up the litter did a sweeping turn and left these tracks. The sun was still quite low coming in from the left and I wanted to balance out the contrast of the sky. A grad filter turned on it's side seemed to make no difference. Is this just something you have to put up with when using a super wide angle lens? How can it be rectified if I come across this scenario again and can it be rectified in P.S. and how? Be interested on your comments regarding the composition and any Mods

Tags: Scarborough Landscape and travel

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conrad 16 10.9k 116
6 Sep 2011 10:38AM
Great lines! I've uploaded a mod for you, I thought I'd try to make the most of the graphic part of the image.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2011 12:35PM
Fantastic image! Love it! IB
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.6k 158 England
6 Sep 2011 2:52PM
I know it so well. Lovely image. Can't help with the grad, not tried it that way before, sorry. A polariser would have quite an effect at that angle but not with evening out the sky though (may even make it more pronounced).

NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2011 10:57PM
like the shot, did something similar recently myself and years ago saw another very similar that won all sorts of competitions.

not much you could do with the sky at the taking stage, the best would be to pick up the sky colour far right and drop a grad layer over the image tweaking the opacity and it just may be convincing enough.

compositionally, id suggest cloning out the figures and cropping some base away and losing the concrete building and huts on the right to just tighten up the composition.

i like the light bringing up the detail on the sands and tracks and also the haze in the distance on the cliff works well to bring the eye down on the FG
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2011 8:58AM
Very nicely spotted, particularly as I was beginning to think Scarborough borough council never cleaned the beaches! Good shot, very strong.

CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2011 10:47AM
Yes, good shot certainly with the dynamic foreground.

As for your bright patch over to the left, if you have Lee type filters you can angle the filter so it goes across a corner. So the Lee filters book tells me, to be honest I have never tried it myself in the field.

I'm not sure there is an easy way to correct in Photoshop - I have uploaded a mod showing my effort but you will see it is far from perfect. Some of this (possibly lots) may be down to my lack of skills in Photoshop and others may well do better. It's tricky because there is a fade in colour not only from right to left but from top to bottom. What I did first was to use the highlights and shadow tool to recover some of the highlights. This is a global tool so I had to duplicate the background layer and then add a layer mask to apply the change just to the right area. As there is much less colour in this area what the tool tends to do is darken it rather than saturate the colour so you can end up with it looking a bit muddy. I then picked up a colour from the deeper blue to the right, made a fill layer and then applied it with a layer mask, juggling with the opacity. Finally I did a bit of dodging (i do this using a white brush at low opacity on a 50% grey layer) to bring back some of the clouds.

an alternative way would have been to use the sponge tool to add saturation to the top of the sky.

To be honest, with your pic I am not sure it is worth all the faffing with Photoshop. Your shot looks natural, it's not burned out in that area and the comp with the tyre track takes you into the pic to the right, not over to the left.

Best wishes

thatmanbrian 9 342 3 Spain
12 Sep 2011 10:23AM
A quick solution to the uneven sky is to photoshop-in a new one! The skyline is quite simple so making a good join won't be too hard. Remember that the light is clearly coming from the left so the sky has to be lighter to the left regardless, just not so much.


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