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Saltwick Bay

By pat_hopkins
Beach at Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire

Tags: North yorkshire Beach Seascape Saltwick bay Landscape and travel

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paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2017 1:25PM
And it is a perfectly good pictorial record of Saltwick bay, a scene I know well. It lacks anything to lift it above that. Bright sun, good conditions. It needs a bit of drama to give interest. Weather, sky conditions etc.

I know you have to shoot when you are there but that is the issue here, it needs impact.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
14 Jun 2017 1:43PM
Difficult light conditions with that very bright patch in the sky. It will affect exposure, and you have done quite a bit of post processing as a result I think.

Ive uploaded a mod to try to even the light and reduce harshness, and cropped. Best to try to take a position that doesnt include a very bright area, you will get a better result. f/16 may nt give the best result, I think your lens may perform better at f/11? Smaller apertures tend to produce less sharp results.Time of day is fine though


14 Jun 2017 2:15PM
Nice photograph..a location for my little black book...

Alex 64

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
14 Jun 2017 3:50PM
Hi, Pat, and welcome to hte Critique Gellery (or maybe welcome back, though i don't recall seeing you here recently).

Looking at your portfolio, you generally do quite a lot of processing - it would be really helpful, for critique purposes, to have a straight-out-of-camera version to look at. The effect here is to increase contrast and saturation, and that makes it difficult to get a really full tonal range. Willie's gone for a much brigther version, and I have aimed to brighten the shadow areas and pull back the highlights. Your basic camera settings are sound, and have given you a decent starting point - but I do believe that more is possible with something that hasn't been digitally filtered to the extent that this has, I think...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2017 6:38PM
A warm welcome from me too. I hope you will enjoy the Critique Gallery.

I'll echo the comments above about processing. It's important to step back every so often and ask - Am I actually improving this? I'd like to see the original file.

I've uploaded a modification. As well as lifting the shadows on the cliff slightly (I lightened shadows a bit, then used the dodge tool at very low exposure, set to highlights, to lift detail), I made two changes.

First this needs a small rotation to level the sea horizon. The one thing that never slopes is water! It's worth making a check against the grid a part of your regular workflow.

Secondly a crop, keeping your aspect ratio, but reducing the empty expanse on the left and placing the horizon on the lower third. A 50/50 horizon split can work, but it's tricky. And the interest in the frame really is all on the right side.

Cropping gives greater importance I think to the visual relationship between that single jagged rock and the light falling on the headland. And composition is about relationships, among other things.

Have a good look round the site, there's a lot here. I hope you will find it useful!
15 Jun 2017 8:54AM
thank you all for your critiques for my photograph Saltwick Bay. i do tend to process my photos too much, and yes i am heavy handed.
i will take all your suggestions and try to implement them better, if the photograph requires it.
my next picture is the original photograph of Saltwick Bay straight from the camera.

regards and thanks to all....

Pat hopkins
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
15 Jun 2017 6:26PM
Very often, less is more: the processing is invisible, but emphasises what hte photographer wants to bring out.

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