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TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 393 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 9:58AM
I like the effect as well. It's a bit like one of those weird holographic postcards that you turn one way, and the subject is doing one thing; turn it another and they're doing something else. The right hand side doesn't seem quite so 'soft focus' as the left hand side - don't know whether that was intentional or not, but I prefer the left hand side. In fact, there's two distinct images in this one - the whole image as you've currently got it, and a squarer crop of the left hand side to just to the right of the band of the dark sand clump in the middle. Taking away the small group on the right, and the bright colours of their clothing, leaves the left hand side of the image strangely muted in colour but, with the walkers in the distance, gives a wonderful sense of isolation and a focal point on the horizon. Either way, I really like the way you've processed it Smile

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BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
24 Aug 2012 10:09AM
A very nice effect here. The beach does look amazing.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
24 Aug 2012 10:12AM
Your treatment has given your fine composition an attractive painterly effect but the real test ~ is it an improvement on the original?

24 Aug 2012 10:14AM
Beautiful scene Ann, love the soft focus,
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
24 Aug 2012 10:34AM
This is quite new to me but I do like the effect. - gary
24 Aug 2012 10:59AM
The effect works well for me with a very impressionist feel. I like rhe comp and it also works as a letterbox crop.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 11:12AM
love the soft focus on this one ann a real cracker nice one Wink
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 11:17AM
You've done a marvellous job on this Ann, I like the whole image... Could you be persuaded to convert this soft focus image into mono? Would love to see the effect!!!!

Nice one.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
24 Aug 2012 11:34AM
Love it Ann very soft with minimalistic feel.


franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 11:38AM
The treatment works really well Ann.

24 Aug 2012 11:44AM
Hi Ann something different here and it works for me good idea well executed

PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 12:14PM
Hi Ann. Its good to be different and I think the composition and beach scene lends itself to this treatment but not sure that the figures look ok with the same effect. If they were sharp and rest soft focus it might be better for me but its only personal taste. However, its so good to experiment. Keep 'em coming. (composition is great) paul
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 12:14PM
I like whay you have done .... whatever it is ..
This really looks great when you hit the lights out button
jdinne 14 16 England
24 Aug 2012 12:19PM
Think it looks great Ann works for me. Wonderful composition.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 12:20PM

Quote: In fact, there's two distinct images in this one - the whole image as you've currently got it, and a squarer crop of the left hand side to just to the right of the band of the dark sand clump in the middle. Taking away the small group on the right, and the bright colours of their clothing, leaves the left hand side of the image strangely muted in colour but, with the walkers in the distance, gives a wonderful sense of isolation and a focal point on the horizon.

Thanks for this suggestion Tanya - I like the idea of the left hand side square crop. I'll have a look into it.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 12:35PM
I really like the effect - and would be tempted to add it as a masked layer to the original, and experiment with the different amounts of detail to bring back into the picture - you can then make up your own mind as to whether the figures should remain as they are, or have more detailed
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1916 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 12:36PM
It's an intelligent manipulation that respects the mystery of light, that's important to me. I don't have the patience to work like this but I enjoy the results when they are as good as this.
I think I'd prefer the group on the right to be a little bit softer, hazier. I do like the square crop idea too.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
24 Aug 2012 1:05PM
I do like this look. So dreamy. I like the letterbox look myself. Chop the bottom off. Grin
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 1:18PM
The fact of the near figures being less soft than the rest of the image induces a sort of 3-D effect into the minimalist scene. I rather like the effect though would not attempt to reproduce it myself. The overall composition is excellent.
I too feel that a mono version might be interesting.
24 Aug 2012 1:31PM
Beautiful treatment - looks like a watercolour.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 1:44PM
Beautiful image Ann, looks a fabulous place, I love the processing and presentation.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Aug 2012 3:10PM
A wonderful presentation, Ann, love it SmileSmileSmile Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 3:14PM
Love the idea as it suggests a summer heat haze. I think that there is more than one image in here with the focal points being the groups of people - I know, I had a play and found at least three before dog walking called me away. An idea to be pursued methinks.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
24 Aug 2012 3:49PM
A very good and pleasant effect Ann. Only you will know whether or not it is better than the original bu you have had some god feedback to help you make your mind up.
A little golden glow maybe to make it look more summery. Maybe not this summer though.

I think what you've done is very impressive and might just try it myself, difficulty being I rarely photograph people on my beeches.

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
24 Aug 2012 4:47PM
Fantastic post processing. Lovely with the soft focus.

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 4:57PM
It works very well Ann.

24 Aug 2012 5:31PM
A brilliant and effective process Ann, and a lovely shot.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 5:40PM
It works so well for it
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
24 Aug 2012 5:41PM
Wow -- I'd say that your work with processing is very definitely "there."
First -- you started with a nice shot -- beautifully composed.
Second -- the processing works well.
Third -- you are welcome. That shot from Cuba deserved a UA.
MalcolmM Plus
12 887 5 Scotland
24 Aug 2012 5:45PM
Like what you've done, might be a case for less f/g (more of a letterbox) & did wonder if just the distant group be included. Looks like a busy day at Luskentyre. Works for me.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Aug 2012 6:13PM
You've certainly provided an image for debate, Ann. I like what you've done although having two groups of people does cause the eye to switch between them. Cloning out the far group would make it more balanced (for me, anyway).

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Aug 2012 7:00PM
Just a bit softer and you will have it---
OH, and as slow Song suggests, maybe crop some of the beach/sand.

This is an exciting technique!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Aug 2012 7:23PM
I love the whole image and I love the differential softening. I've been eyeballing it at LARGE and it looks like you've done it intentionally. To my eyes, this is perfect.

As is the crop. I understand the comments on crop...BUT...I like how those short brown lines have gone into the bottom LH corner...and I like how the 'allowance of sand below' has given us a good sense of expanse of the beach. Also, the subjects are given good context relative to the scene and environment.

Bravo, I say.

I recently commented on VanillaPenguin's Lighthouse image saying I found it reminiscent of a Jack Vettriano painting. Your image makes me think of Vettriano too Smile

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 7:43PM
One word Ann, superb, luv it, the composition and processing is awesome.
Well done.
Darryl x SmileSmileSmile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
24 Aug 2012 8:37PM
I like the effect but personally I would go for a letterbox image Ann as I see Chris has suggested. I don't actually see any effective square shots coming out of this - just my thoughts.Wink too much beach involved needs both groups of people.
24 Aug 2012 9:30PM
A great result.

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 8:41AM
Beautifully dreamy. Reminds me of summer (from when I was a boy, that is, when summers were summers .......)


posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 9:14AM
Brilliant processing, but letterbox is the way to go....Smile

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 11:52AM
Very interesting image Ann and the processing definitely works - looks like a watercolour
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Aug 2012 7:50AM
Yes the smaller cop would be nice, too. But I also like it as it is.
I might have tried 'diffusion' in the lens effects or clean without twirly ness as a prior enhancer .
Simplify might have given the groups edges... It would have left the groups sharp and clear and softened the surroundings.
Keep experimenting. My night shot was a 'simplify' conversion.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 8:23AM
Thanks Annette.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Aug 2012 12:11AM
Very artistic indeed Ann, I like the feeling of isolation and vast open space, the people give one a real sense of scale
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2012 9:52PM
love the soft focus treatment and pastel coloursSmile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
2 Sep 2012 3:41AM
nice effect
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2012 4:33PM
Ooooooer !!!.....missed this corker ?????

Cracking shot !!.....the processing has created a sort of 'dream-world' look !!....lovely work !!!!

& I get to make it 60 !!!!!!!!!!

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