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Man with push-cart on beach...

By Manas
In a lazy afternoon on beach a man with push-cart on the way back home.

Tags: Beach photography Landscape and travel black & white

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
27 Dec 2018 2:32PM
There are light halos around the people, so the original image was different; if you still have the original before you altered it, can you upload it here on this page? Click modifications, then select upload.


27 Dec 2018 6:13PM
In black & white this is very stark, cold and bleak.
Those bathers didn't seem to be serving any useful purpose, so I drowned them, allowing their bodies to be carried away on the tide. I also removed the haloing... there are plenty of videos on YouTube that teach you how to do that.
I like the reflection in the wet sand, I like the minimalist approach, I like how you've positioned the main subject, but even so, it's not an image that invites me in. It looks like a very cold day, even though it probably isn't.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2018 7:26PM
There is the basis of another good image here as the man with the bike. You seem to be spoiling things by very over aggressive processing. I suspect a great deal of sharpening here resulting in the very conspicuous white lines round the darker areas. So obvious.

I would clone out all the bathers. They add nothing and drag the eye from the main subject. Think what we are saying to you. You get some first class ideas and content, then spoil the effect with the technical bit.

Go back to basics and get the technique right.

dudler Plus
18 1.6k 1870 England
28 Dec 2018 6:49AM
It's all been said above.

A fine shot, spoiled by considerable overprocessing - it would be useful to know what you did. I wonder if it's too much sharpening, or an extreme setting in the mono conversion.

Alan's mod shows just how good the image is without the hype.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
28 Dec 2018 12:38PM
Nice mod.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2018 1:25PM
I can only agree with the above - a potentially attractive shot marred by overenthusiastic processing.

I suspect that the problem is that you pushed contrast too far when you converted to b&w - this can result in the white halo effect that is visible around dark edges. To avoid it, keep such adjustments to the minimum. You can then try dodging highlights and burning shadows, very gently, after conversion to b&w. The result should be less aggressive.

There's also some aggressive sharpening, look at the way some of the detail seems almost to detach from the screen, and some diagonal lines break up into 'steps'. I wonder if you sharpen before the file is resized for uploading? Leave it to last, and again keep it to the minimum.
Manas 10 India
28 Dec 2018 4:25PM
Thanks to all the critiques for the kind advice & tips.


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