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On the Crest of a Wave

By BillyGoatGruff  
Wednesday last week at Trebarwith Strand, when the sun came out after a dreary bank holiday weekend.
Whilst my partner soaked up the rays, I faffed about with the camera, trying out various ideas.
This is one of them.

Intentionally shot with a panoramic crop in mind as my position and the state of the tide were both favourable.

This is processed with my normal "micro-contrast" adjustments, followed by a brief interlude in LAB mode (the first for many months, in fact) to help separate the cyans/blues/greens from each other, and then for the first time in ages I used the H&S (a seldom used tool) to actually severely desaturate the image.

I may put up the original colour version and a mono conversion at some point for comparison, but this is my preferred version.
IMO, the lack of colour actually makes it more dynamic.

I also usually find that whenever I write something lengthy like this, hardly anyone shows up to look! So thank you for getting this far and I hope you like this as much as I do.




Tags: General Wave Digitally manipulated Trebarwith strand Crest Desaturated Surf dude Sports and action

Voters: andy210966, johnjones, colin63 and 24 more

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andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
10 Jun 2010 7:31PM
Hey Bill

Like the Pano format for this which gives a good illusion of scale - especially with your centrally placed subject. Looks like a cracking wave. Agree about the desaturation for that dynamic feel!

Grand shot

BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
10 Jun 2010 7:34PM
Hey Andy!
Thanks for showing up!

10 Jun 2010 7:39PM
great shot brill timing and comp spot on
colin63 12 6 England
10 Jun 2010 7:45PM
Needs to be viewed large great capture

10 Jun 2010 8:13PM
Ah! what looks like a foot in the small version isnt!! maybe its time for me to invest in new spex!

its a lovely photo and I agree the colours suit it well

Well done
W1ldside 10 29 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 8:42PM
Bloody fantastic!
Absolutely packed with energy and saturation and love the crop
Regards Rick
Sue_R 14 11 6 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 9:12PM
Just has to be viewed large Smile

BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
10 Jun 2010 9:21PM
Many thanks everyone!
Well, all nine of you!! Quite a surprising turnout: I wasn't expecting it! Ha ha! Smile

IanFlindt 16 740 21 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 9:38PM
I bet this would look superb when printed large. The wave formations are an art form in themselves, and I love the way they dwarf the sportsman.
BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
10 Jun 2010 9:49PM
Thank you very much, Ian!
That's praise indeed and greatly appreciated!!

W1ldside 10 29 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 9:55PM
Sorry mate this one has stayed with me since viewing and so it takes my award for the next 7 days!
Still reeling Bill such an Inspiration ~ Gotta get me to Newquay or similar later this year!
Thanks for the Adrenaline Rush
Regards Rick
BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
10 Jun 2010 9:55PM
Gosh! Thank you Rick for your UA!
A very unexpected and extremely welcome surprise!


mitchy81 11 1 18 England
10 Jun 2010 10:07PM
Although your write up started to lose me at Lab mode and H&S I do find it helpful in giving some of us uneducated an idea of what has been done in PS.
Great Image.
BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
10 Jun 2010 10:22PM
Thanks Phil!

Emu72 11 7 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 10:42PM
Yeah, looks good to me Bill, love the pov...

Glad to have you back posting!!

oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2010 12:19AM
large is superb bill ,such a great action image ,wonderfulSmile
Morgs 12 20 62 Wales
11 Jun 2010 9:12AM
Superbly done to enhance the power of the waves at Trebarwith Strand. The surfer is certainly dwarfed, and a quick estiamtion puts that wave at 12 feet, which is damned powerful. I agree that this looks great LARGE, and would print out well.

User_Removed 14 11 11 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2010 4:28PM
Cracking shot Bill, very well captured and processed!

Chris C
BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
11 Jun 2010 5:26PM
Thanks guys!

markthecat 14 3 England
14 Jun 2010 10:22PM
This is fantastic Smile
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
15 Jun 2010 11:41PM
I must remember to bookmark your portfolio ! (too mean & skint to afford an E2

Anyway, immense image and I knew this would be one of your special pano and large would be a real treat - glad to say I was not disappopinted...cracking image and so powerful. I like the treatment to.
BillyGoatGruff 13 191 199 England
15 Jun 2010 11:47PM
Thanks Mark and Alan!

I really appreciate your support!


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