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By Ray12  
Two weeks ago I visited Seaham beach...Durham. Fantastic beach for different kinds of rocks, pebbles, small , med, and large.
Here I found 3, 1s, 1m, 1l. placed them on top of each other.
Had a little bit of a play around in light room (getting used to it now).
What do you think?

Tags: Still life Size Sand Shape Pebble

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25 Jun 2017 1:26AM
Lovely shot, Very interesting, Ray. Ellen
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 8:38AM
I like the idea - balancing pebbles in precarious piles has become something of a beach tradition but I have never seen them photographed from above.

You mention having played around with this. Could you upload the original file please, you have Plus membership so you can add it as a version, alternatively as a modification. This has a rather two-dimensional flatness, it merges the pebbles into one plane. I would like to see if it's possible to convey the height and contours of the pebbles better.
12 10 10 England
25 Jun 2017 9:42AM
As the viewer. just forget they are stones and let the imagination get to work. For me a great abstract.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 10:33AM
I've uploaded a modification following on from Joan's comment. Cropped to square, which gives a more abstract feel because it does not indicate a left to right development; off-centre placement; a bit more light on the smaller stones. Just a suggestion.
Ray12 8 154 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 10:35AM
When I go out shooting I always take a RAW & JPG... I have tried to upload the raw file but only the jpg is showing?
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
25 Jun 2017 2:13PM
Upload the original JPEG, or better still a JPEG directly from an untouched RAW file, - the idea here is to see the image before any adjustments so we can separate what effect adjustments have made compared to the untouched version.

In LR you should see the original JPEG, and the RAW
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
25 Jun 2017 5:33PM
Thanks for the original shot.

My tendency is to crop a bit, as this is the sort of subject that benefits from detail. I can enjoy a small subject in a big space, well placed, but here, there's so much crying out to be in the picture...

So I cropped, raised contrast in Levels, and used the Nik detail extractor filter, followed by a vignette that doesn't affect the rocks much - relatively gentle and unintrusive. I also sharpened far more than I ever do usually, as sandstone needs a gritty look, I think.

Very different - does it look good, or does it utterly miss the mood you were after?
Ray12 8 154 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 6:44PM
Hi all.
Yet again food for thought.
I like all the MODS... see how peoples minds work differently with the same image.
I have bout another 4 of those types of images, so I might upload another one later.
Thank you all for your advice and input.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
25 Jun 2017 7:32PM
Thanks for the original. Youve finished it to your taste, and as you can see there are other possibilities.

Some general comments: You used a Sunny white balance, though it doesnt appear to actually be Sunny? Perhaps theres a little too much yellow?

Setting the stones on on top of the other gave you an opportinuty to make the shot more 3-d, by shooting from the side, at an angle, but npt straight down, this "flattens" the stack.

Its underexposed and contains no black, that low contrast, and this might be due to poor quality light; or standing over the rocks might have shaded them.

Your EXIF indicates its shot at 3:56 AM, which I assume is not right, so I cant tell the time of day it was shot, closer to mid-day perhaps?

A less central composition, a slight tilt, and use of a blur can make the rocks stand out more.

Ive uploaded mods per the comments.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 7:50PM
You shot and present this as an abstract type of image, Ray.
I would suggest taking a sideways shot at the same time, but have to admit to liking the overhead shot, as well as all the textures, patterns and differing sizes and shapes that you chose to use.

As an abstract, you don't need to show any context. To demonstrate what I mean, I have done a modification where I cropped to square, showing no sand, and using the largest stone as the background for the other two. I particularly like the double diagonal line across the largest stone. I find it amazing how enormous the stones now look.
I then adjusted contrast and Levels, upped the saturation, brightened and sharpened.


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