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Te Hoho Rock

By Rick51
Te Hoho Rock through the arch at Cathedral Cove. I used one RAW file in Elements to make a composite using 2 different exposures and made a JPEG some time ago. I've started using Lightroom recently and I've re-edited in LR. I've removed CA from around the arch but it's left a white halo - any advice on how to stop that? Any comments on the overall look of the editing is welcome.

Tags: New zealand Cathedral cove Coromandel Landscape and travel


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
7 May 2016 12:49AM
Looks like a great place, - very nice to photo.

I cant see much evidence of the white halo, but I do know what you mean.

I assume this white halo was not there until you corrected CA? If thats the case, CA correction is leaving the white line; it can also be caused by oversharpening, or applying a lot of Clarity; or, in some cases, it happens when a very bright light is behind a dark well defined edge. You can reduce its effect by applying a low power blur along the edge, using the blur tool. The kit lens can be prone to CA also.

I have loaded a mod thats focused on exposure and white balance; it seems to me to be rather cool.

Wish I was there!



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Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
7 May 2016 7:59AM
Hi Rick

What a great shot and such a wonderful place.

Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
7 May 2016 8:22AM
Sorry Rick forgot about the CA problem.

In LR under Lens Correction and the Color tab there is a CA removal box and sliders to remove what you want. Hope this helps.
Rick51 6 9
7 May 2016 10:37AM
Thanks for your time with the modifications Willie and Robert. I'll try warming it a little. I've tried reducing clarity and sharpening and the white fringe remains so I'll live with it. It's probably a result of the high contrast between the inside of the arch and the outside which I narrowed by upping the exposure of the arch.

Cathedral Cove was spectacular and going there very early in the season meant we had the place almost to ourselves even though it was mid morning. To get the arch and beach empty of people you'd have to be there very early or late in high season. The whole of New Zealand is one big photo opportunity. It's certainly one of the must-see places in the world.
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1573 England
7 May 2016 10:59AM
There's a beautiful drop of light her, and you've processed to bring that out. Good work.

Aberrations are a pain, and even expensive lenses can suffer from colour fringing at times, though there's a general tendency for the best glass to suffer less.

My personal suspicion is that much processing can increase such things, or at least make them more obvious, even if the form of the problem changes, as it has here. It can sometimes be better to leave things be more, and not try to correct everything - which is why, for instance, a less sharp lens may be better, because it offers nicer balance with other issues, like chromatic aberration. We tend to want sharpness and contrast above everything...
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 May 2016 11:13AM
Generally a nice image but very centrally composed. A bit too much I think. it is a touch blue and might benefit from warming. For me, it needs a person. Just one walking the dog to give that added interst and scale.

salopian 8 3 28 United Kingdom
7 May 2016 11:44AM
I agree with Paul's comments - looks a fascinating place and Willie's mod is excellent. One thing stands out to my eyes is the vertical straight line in the sea just to the left and down a bit from Hoho rock. Is this the junction of the two different exposures? - it seems too straight to be natural.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 620 England
7 May 2016 12:23PM
I can't see much evidence of a halo here either, but I do know it can happen where there are high contrast edges. Maybe more obvious on the full size image?
Certainly clarity and sharpening can exacerbate the effect.
In LR you can apply local adjustments using the adjustment brush, so you could try running the brush over a high contrast edge then reducing clarity and/or contrast. Then any further processing will have less of a destructive effect. Worht a try at least.

Rick51 6 9
7 May 2016 12:54PM
Thanks again for your time giving all the new comments and advice,

Dudler, I'm probably adjusting too many things at the moment. Less is probably better.

Geoff, the line was made by the light being shaded by the cliff on the left. if you look just to the right of the line there is a second, fainter line, this is shadow from the trees hanging over the end of the cliff. The 2 exposures were the outside, correctly exposed, and the inside of the arch, very underexposed which I brought up by a couple of stops at least I think when I first processed it in Elements.

Keith, the halo is more noticeable at full size, I'll have a play with the adjustment brush - I've got a few days of the trial period left.

Paul, I do have another shot in my portfolio which is off-centred and with figures but I'm not 100% happy with the composition.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 May 2016 8:10PM
Composition is a personal thing. rules can be broken and the end point is does it look good? if so the composition is right, but what looks good to one might not to another.


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