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Mountains Worcester Cape South Africa

Big Skies, pastel colours. Taken whilst travelling between Worcester and Montigue

Tags: Views Landscape and travel 2019


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4066 Canada
4 Jun 2019 4:35PM
Looks very pastel for sure. Thats got something to do with the absence of any true black in the image, and though the settings look OK, I cant see why this would be unless perhaps you had some Sunlight shining on the lens. Looking at aperture, its wide open, so in general, stopping down is usually a good idea, though may not have made a huge difference here.

Did you process this to be light and pastel?

The mods are cropped wider, - may suit this scene, and both have a black point set, one more saturated than the other.



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PRG 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2019 4:53PM
Interesting. The photograph is as shot.Very little modification on my part so pastel it was. I have done deeper modifications on other shots, but this is what I saw. But thanks for the insight and your good eyes. I missed the dark spots completely. Dirt on the lens? PRG
capto Plus
7 6.0k 13 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2019 6:22PM
I did notice that the image had an adobe colour profile which can alter how the image is viewed when uploaded. The advice for uploading images to the site is as follows...You are not required to resize your photos to upload them to the ePHOTOzine gallery. In fact, we strongly recommend that you upload the full size version of your photo as our system will automatically resize your photo for you as long as your photo meets the following criteria:

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Note that if you use Adobe RGB (1998) colour space rather than sRGB it will result in a loss in density and contrast.

I have done a mod with a few adjustments in PS.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1287 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2019 7:40PM
As above. Very pastel indeed to the point of being rather less than natural I think both Adobe RGB and under exposure are involved here.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 607 England
4 Jun 2019 8:23PM
This is very low in contrast and although this was taken as a jpeg it has a look similar to some RAW files so iof anyone isn't experienced with such file something like this shot could be ignored or deleted.
All it needs are some post processing tweaks as Willie has done in the mod in order to bring the image to life.

Coloiur space is an issue, as is a dirty lens, but atmospheric conditions can cause this washed out look too (and is often the major contributor). Put all those together and you're up against it.
It also looks underexposed, the exposure being influenced by the large amount of white cloud in the frame.

At least with low contrast there is detail there and it just needs to be brought out.
4 Jun 2019 8:55PM
The technical aspects have been covered, but compositionally you need to do something about the bits of trees at bottom left.

Including them in their entirety might have been OK, might have given some foreground interest, but as it stands they contribute nothing to the picture and are just an intrusion into the frame, so it would be better if you cloned them out or re-cropped the image to remove them.
The viewfinder on that camera doesn't give 100% coverage, so I suspect you didn't see them at the time of taking, but surely you must have noticed them when reviewing the image?

Attention to detail is important. It's basic craftsmanship.
dudler Plus
16 994 1552 England
4 Jun 2019 11:04PM
Did you shoot this through glass, I wonder? And possibly from a moving vehicle (there seems to be some streaking in the foreground, despite the high shutter speed)?

Willie was referring to tonal adjustments when he mentioned black points. I can't see dust marks anywhere: though when you do get them, they are the result of dirt on the sensor, not on the lens. Dirt on the lens degrades the image in general, and very rarely shows up as individual marks: never as sharp ones.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4066 Canada
4 Jun 2019 11:23PM
No dust marks on the image, - the reference point for black I was referring to. I would be inclined to check my lens if it gave a result like this, or, as dudler asks, was this shot from a moving vehicle though a window? A train perhaps?

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