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Mothercap and millstone

By philsproson  
Taken whilst the heather was in bloom earlier this year on a very moody day, it did not rain but the clouds looked full of it.

Tags: Peak district Derbyshire Heather Millstone Hathersage Landscape and travel Mothercap

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Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2011 12:02PM
Great shot Phill.

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
9 Oct 2011 3:57PM
Hi Phil, - a good example of a really bad day!

The shot is underexposed quite a bit though, and I see you had tried a positive exposure comp of +1/3, however +1 would have been better I think. Check the histogram after the shot, - it takes a few seconds, and is well worth the time, as you would have seen this right away.

With the image adjusted as in the mod, - its also a little soft. Ive sharpened it in the mod, and I also notice that its softer further away from the lens, close to the horizon, so I wonder where you focused. The general guise for a small aperture landscape shot is to focus on a point about 1/3 into the scene, which provides best front to back sharpness.

remember to check your re sized image for sharpness before you upload, and apply some more if needed. This is a step missed by many, and its important to make sure you shot looks as sharp as your original.

In the mod, - Ive also cropped to a 10 X 8 format, and added contrast.

Hope this helps,


8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2011 1:29PM
well i know the location, its well on my turf. its a sound classic view and there is nothing wrong with the conditions, typically Peak District.

the problem is the shot looks rather flat, pretty much like an unprocessed raw file and there is so much that could be done to make it sing.

id firstly check the histograph and drag the pointers in both ends to have a better starting position.

then see if a contrast boost makes a difference.

if it dosnt, try a duplicate layer, push the saturation slider back to desaturate and then change the blending mode to overlay ad tweak the opacity untill its more contrasty.

if this dosnt do it, try a duplicate layer in mutiply blending mode.

one of these will give you a more punchy image that may need the saturation tweaking a bit.

when you have a bit more contrast in there, with the lasso tool, select the foreground rocks and millstone and sharpen in smartsharpen around 70% at about 3 rad and watch the detail in the rocks pop up.

id have done a mod but i dont have ps on this pc.

should be good for a revisit soon with amber bracken around

10 Oct 2011 10:49PM
thanks for the comments.. I will attempt the tips provided above and post up the modified image.. I really need to get to know PS better to make images pop - before reading the comments I thought the image was not too bad.. but I now can see the softness and flatness of the image and also now seeing the modifications shows me how I can take this image a lot further.
12 Oct 2011 6:19AM
Made a couple of modifications now based on the comments.. thanks guys

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