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Sunset in Evia

By steverooster
Sunset at Nea Styra, Evia, Greece

Tags: Landscape and travel

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cjl47 13 5 3 England
9 Jul 2009 10:18AM
Good shot, great lighting.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
9 Jul 2009 12:52PM
Hi Steve, welcome to the site! And what an atmospheric first upload!

Compositionally I think you generally did quite well here, with something to draw the eye in all the right places. Exposure seems okay as well. Image quality is not as high as it could have been - did you shoot this at high ISO, by any chance? There's a lot of noise. You could try removing it with software - there are plug-ins and stand-alone programs for this purpose, even freeware, so it doesn't have to cost you anything.

The only thing I noticed immediately, was that your horizon was slightly wonky, and the colours seemed a little flat for a sunset.

If you have a look at the modified picture I uploaded (beneath yours - click on it to enlarge...), I've tried to find some ways of improving it. I must admit that I skipped the noise removal option, I'll let you try that for yourself. I went straight to leveling the horizon, which made a slight crop necessary, and I cropped the top a little extra to get the horizon higher up in the frame. You don't always have to do this, but often a landscape image will look better if the horizon is sitting at either 1/3 or 2/3 of the frame, vertically speaking. I then proceeded to play a little with contrast, shadows, mid tones, colour saturation and hue, and the modification you see here is the result. The adjustments I made in this small version of your image only emphasised the low image quality, but since you have the original, you shouldn't have too many problems with that when you try some further tweaks yourself.

I hope you like it, and may it give you some ideas.

Enjoy the site!
chensuriashi Plus
14 333 18 England
10 Jul 2009 8:40PM
I just loved this shot as soon as I saw it, but thought that improvments were to be had in the harsh white of the setting sun, so I just did one selection across the horizon and blured the whole sky, a tad, then selected the inverse, added some blues in all three areas, then sharpened with the Unsharpen Mask quite a lot.
I hope you like the improvements I feel I gave this shot and can follow my PS ideas, a great shot love it. Chen.

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