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Pete Edkins SUP

By Hedoman
Pete the best SUP rider in Cornwall on a nice deep groundswell at Porthleven.

Tags: Waterman Sports and action Stand Up Paddle

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KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 England
12 Mar 2017 10:03AM
Stunning subject, with amazing waves, but very 'flat' (dull) - a few minor tweaks in post processing would really bring out the sparkle and colours.
12 Mar 2017 10:38AM
This is very nice, the shape of the wave works really well and you've caught him in some light which helps to make him stand out from the water. I've uploaded a mod with a few levels adjustments and a little bit of sharpening. As Karen said it looks a bit flat as you are not using the full range of black to white, so a levels adjustment gives you the full range for more contrast. I made a few local levels adjustments and applied a bit of sharpening to make the water splashes stand out more, and cropped a bit tighter to put the man on the bottom left 'third'.
Do you use any editing software? These changes are not very difficult to apply (even without expensive software) and can have quite a big effect on the image, so it might be worth looking into, if you haven't already.
Hedoman 14 2 England
12 Mar 2017 11:44AM
Tom. I still have to learn more about what settings to use. I always thought use the biggest aperture as possible, a good fast shutter and adjust the iso to the conditions. Do you think I should set the Iso to Auto to cope with the ever changing light? The wave is dark to start with and gets bright when the white water crashes down.
I don't use editing at the moment. I have looked into it but get confused with icons and don't know where to start.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2017 12:21PM
What processing software do you have? I was going to ask Tom's question - you have had a lot of suggestions for processing, you need to read them carefully and then try to reproduce the adjustments.

The bulk of the suggestions that have been made concern light. Light is everything -the word photography means light drawing. And digital photography takes two stages, the actual exposure of the image in camera, and then the processing of the digital file.

Whatever software you have, it will have an area that allows you to adjust light, and that's where to start.

Get used to looking at the histogram and interpreting it. (It's the graph that looks a bit like a cross section of mountain peaks. It tells you the distribution of tones in an image, from black on the left through the midtones to white on the right. If the image has a wide tonal range the graph line will rise at the beginning of the base line and drop back at the end.)

Experiment with basic light adjustments, if you have Levels use it to adjust the histogram.

Then let us see the results!
Hedoman 14 2 England
12 Mar 2017 1:13PM
I looked at Pixlr but not confident in trying it yet.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2017 1:28PM
Comments as before. You are showing the technicalities of surfing to those who know nothing about it, but do know something about image quality. You must master post processing.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2017 1:40PM
Jump in with both feet! Find a time when you can relax, no pressure, and try out settings to see what they do. So long as you remember not to save over an existing file, it's all gain.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2017 4:05PM
I did a quick search on pixilr tutorials available on line. I only sampled a few minutes here and there, but this looks to be quite thoughtfully done. (When I googled 'pixilr tutorials' the first one that came up was genuinely cringe-making... )

From the few minutes that I watched, pixilr offers broadly similar possibilities to Adobe Elements, you should be able to apply the advice you have received in the Critique Gallery.
Hedoman 14 2 England
12 Mar 2017 4:30PM
Paul. After over 40 years surfing and windsurfing I have a good idea whats going to happen next on the wave its just the weather and light conditions I struggle with but will all the great comments and advice I am sure to get better. GOTTA get to grips with the editing though. I have just had a great afternoon shooting the kiters out in Hayle. Again blustery winds and cold face and hands.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2017 6:12PM
I'm sure that, if you master the photographic technique, your obvious expertise on the sport will result in fine images.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
13 Mar 2017 8:17PM
Knowing a sport and being able to predict the action makes for good shots.

Editing is a must. I'd say that you should do the same with software as with your camera - go mainstream, and that means Elements. So much more advice, so many people who can help.

You say the light was fluctuating wildly - I suspect by only around three stops, from sun to cloudy. his doesn't take extreme measures to control. But - like he software thing - it's worth understanding the technicalities can take charge.

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