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Red Rocks

By chrissp26  
Taken on the Isle of Mull last year, this was taken just off the road to the south west. It was a lovely spot and the rocks looked like something from Mars!

Used a polarising filter and an ND Graduated 8 filter. Increased the contrast in the sky to bring out some of the lovely detail in the clouds.

Thanks for looking.


Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: pamelajean, Alan_Baseley, canonfan and 13 more

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 10:32PM
Very Martian indeed, such an unusual colour. Super composition and water movement.

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puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 10:59PM
Nice shot Chris. I did a mod for you in Photoshop camera raw, gradient filter on the sky -1.05 exposure, contrast +58, highlights - 34, shadows +53. I opened it up in PS and copied the background layer. Layers panel > blending mode > screen > opacity 30%. I then used the clone stamp tool on some of the cloud and put it over the brighter area's to try and balance the sky a little more. Hope you like it.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 11:40PM
I didn't know there were rocks like this in Mull.
Makes for a very interesting image.
mhfore 11 6 176 England
24 May 2012 8:23AM
Hi Chris,

Good scene and composition which works very well from this POV.

It does look a little like HDR to me eye's but that could be because you've altered the contrast. Chris try going to "Levels" and slightly altering the midtones (which is the middle pointer on the slider). Move it to the right to give the image a little more definition. If you just want to work on the sky then before making the adjustment just select that area.

Nice image Chris.

Take care
chrissp26 14 39 United Kingdom
24 May 2012 9:42PM
Thanks for all the great comments and the mods I still have a lot to learn in post processing but the feedback really helps so thanks to everyone.

@IrishKate the rocks were like rust they were more of a deep orange than red in reality but I think the polariser and white balance tipped it towards red. This shot was taken downstream later on: you can see the rocks are more orange here.

Thanks again for all the great feedback!


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