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Sunset at Sizewell

By Bee76
This was taken back in August 2010 at Sizewell.

The main reason for uploading this image is to test the water on my processing... I just got PS CS5 and was following Paul Morgan's dvd but I don't yet have the experience to get consistant results when deviating from his workflow.

I liked the scene however and I was trying to capture the sunlight playing on the grass but arrived a few minutes too late. I've learned a thing or two since taking this so would do it slightly different again.

Feedback would be appreciated and advice on processing would be useful as I have a similar image thhat I prefer and want to do it more justice.


Tags: Sunset Suffolk Beach Seascape Sizewell Landscape and travel

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Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
8 Feb 2011 10:24PM
Hi Barney,

I rather like this and I can see why you wanted to get the best out of it.

However, in doing so, you've ended up with an overall red caste which is quite easy to fix without disturbing the sky.
In my mod, I've magnetic lassoed the sky, easily done since the (perfectly straight) horizon neatly divides the image in two.
I then inverted the selection and using curves, I've reduced the red and tweaked the green channels. I also desaturated it slightly.
I increased brightness and contrast as little and it still needs a bit of a final polish to finish it but I think you'll get the idea.

All done in CS5, which you've apparently just acquired. If you've never used the full blown Photoshop before, it will seem like a huge learning curve but stick with it and it will pay dividends in the end. I've been using it since it came out and prior to that I used CS2. Even so, I don't yet know half of what it can do!

Good luck!


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9 Feb 2011 8:05AM
i like this, i find there is always something appealing about seascape photos with no focal point, instead one makes more use of the space and the dynamic interaction between the elements. the comp is simple and effective

paulbroad 10 123 1194 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 8:11AM
Nice colours and effect but, for me, the gap in the grass is a great lead in to - no subject. I think this image needs some kind of main subject - someone walking on the beach in the distance for example - but that would create the focal point.

Bee76 7 17 England
9 Feb 2011 5:57PM
Thanks Bren, David and Paul.

Bren, I like what you've done to the pebbles and grass in your mod although I feel the sea has been adversely affected. I shall try and follow some of your advice on the next image before uploading it. However, the full Photoshop is a massive leap from Elements and it is quite daunting - I foresee many, many hours of experimentation ahead.

As far as focal points go Paul and David, I completely agree with the need for focal points to anchor images and I look for them but I also like the vastness of the open seas to be shown which is why I like this image of the lead-in going to 'just' the sea. It doesn't do exactly what I want but I'm learning all the time and this kind of portrayal will be much better depicted as I improve.

Thanks again,

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