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Porthleven Caverns!

By Hedoman
A nice big swell at Porthleven in Cornwall last November. I don't do editing so not got Photoshop or anything. What could be done to make it 1st class?

Tags: Surfer Sports and action tubing wave

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28 Jan 2017 8:18PM
Superb capture ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
28 Jan 2017 8:44PM
Extraordinary capture, beautiful.
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2017 8:56PM
Smashing capture;
perhaps in Photoshop you could up the contrast but the experts will let you know!
Hedoman 15 2 England
28 Jan 2017 9:30PM
Thanks! I have full sequence of eleven images throughout the wave!
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
28 Jan 2017 10:18PM
Difficult shot to get. The surfer is in shadow with a very bright surrounding area.

You can pull a bit more out in the centre in post processing, as in the mod.


29 Jan 2017 8:12AM
Great action image. The timing and focus is spot on. You may be able to bring out a bit more contrast in post processing. I wonder if a tighter crop removing some of the white water at the bottom of the image might work
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 9:08AM
Hi again, this is a superb action shot. The strengths: You have the surfer's complete body in a beautifully poised stance, plus the face, and a really positive sense of joy and exhilaration. You have the complete arc of the wave above, and some soft foreground swell to give the 3-dimensional feel.

The only downside really is as Willie says, the surfer is in shadow.

What you can do depends on your software, I've uploaded a very quick modification worked in Adobe Elements, with a few simple suggestions. Here's what I did.

First of all the figure is central, which gives a static feel. Moving him (I think it's a him?) to the left third gives a more dynamic feel and implies movement forward / towards our right. I used a 10 x 8 crop, it's not a format that I use very often but it worked for me here.

The foreground foam is unavoidably out of focus and overexposed. That's life... But I darkened highlights slightly, then used the burn tool set to midtones, large brush, 3% exposure, several times over that area. It gives a sense of substance, texture.

Then a bit of added brightness and a Levels tweak to boost darker tones. Oh and I boosted greens, there are some warmer tones there in the file already if you hunt them out.

Then I used the dodge tool, huge brush, set to highlights, 3% exposure, several times over the inside of the wave, to lighten that area.

Then a bit of sharpening on the figure and face, and also the spray at the top.

Total time taken - about three minutes. It's worth experimenting, this is an image that deserves it. You will get better results on the full size file.
Hedoman 15 2 England
29 Jan 2017 10:18AM
Thanks Moira. I will put up another image from the same sequence to see if better.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 10:20AM
Oooops, I forgot to brighten the spray at the top. Second mod added, I simply used the dodge tool as described above.
Otinkyad 19 2 7 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2017 10:33AM
Wow! Excellent shot. I especially like the full "cave" and the way you've captured the surfers look of pure joy

I like Moira's Mod, but just to show a different approach to modification I've used Adobe Lightroom.

The main adjustment was to increase the Clarity slider to 100. This brightened the surf at the bottom too much so I applied a Graduated to filter to the bottom and decreased the Highlights to -100 in just that bottom bit. For the whole thing I moved the Shadows slider to +50 so that the surfers wet suit wasn't completely black. I tweaked the colour temperature by +5. Finally I cropped a chunk off the left hand side, a little off the right hand side and a little off the bottom. A few minutes work.

Hedoman 15 2 England
29 Jan 2017 10:52AM
I have just uploaded another shot from the sequence (11 in all) 1st time out using the new 7D mk11 so didn't have the settings right. Only a small jpg instead of going for large.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1967 England
30 Jan 2017 1:01AM
To address the question directly: process!

I had the discussion today with another tog at a group event (I never go to group events...)

If you get perfect light, and every setting at the optimum, it's jsut a case of framing. But only mostly.

If the light isn't wonderful (direction as well as quality) you need to edit. Elements wil lbe fine, as will several other cheap alternatives to PS. But an unedited shot will never look as good (impressive, perfect) as a carefully processed one.
chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
30 Jan 2017 4:28AM
Love it will do a mod later am at work atm.

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