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The House on the Hill

By WeeGeordieLass
Another 35mm slide taken with my Minolta Dynax which has been scanned. Fuji Velvia film. In Elements I cropped the image to get rid of a scan shadow. I then auto corrected the lighting levels, contrast and colour. Then finally I auto sharpened. I tried the tool in elements which gets rid of colour casts, but don't think I've been successful - it still looks a bit blue to me.
Would appreciate any advice on how this image could be improved. Also, do you like it? (I may regret asking that question!)

Tags: Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
29 Dec 2011 9:09PM
It does look blue, although when I check the black and white points, they read OK. The checking is done using RGB points, however I did find if I used CMYK to measure the image that Cyan was a little too strong in the white areas, - so maybe thats it.

The overall image has some obvious blown areas where waves have broken, and to me the house looks tilted. Dont know if it was due to a wide angle lens, but I straightened it in the mod. Perhaps a little more sky with the house in more from the edge would be better.

Back to the blue. Im not familiar with Elements, I use CS5, so I used the Image>Adjustments>Match Colour and clicked Neutralize, and came up with the second mod, - which to me look better that mod 1.

I think you might agree.


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Thanks for the mods.

Yes Willie I do prefer mod 2 - it looks warmer to me. I wonder if the scan settings caused the "blue" problem.

Do you think I could do anything to correct the blown areas? I can see now that you've pointed it out that there's not much definition in the waves at all.

I've uploaded the original scanned image as a mod.


Peterpools 5 2 2 United States
29 Dec 2011 10:24PM
Memories; Fuji Velvia and 50D. beautiful films from the day. I always though the Fuji leaned toward the blue and green a bit as compared to Kodachrome 25. Beautiful foreground bith in color and contrast. My only suggestion would be to add some punch to the sky as it doesn't hold up against the beautiful rich colors of the water and rocks.
Wonderful composition.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2011 8:30AM
A decent image, but as before, you have too much contrast resulting in blown highlights in the water. Does the original slide have detail there? If so, your scanning settings are wrong. Slides are inherently contrasty, and scanners tend to increase contrast. Are you using a dedicated film scanner or a flat bed - whichever, it looks like you need to reduce the contrast of the scan, the correct later in software.

The deep shadows confirm the contrast is high, but if you get the scasn wrong in that respect, no amount of software will correct it.

30 Dec 2011 10:40AM
Thanks for taking the time to comment Peter and Paul (sounds like you're a 60's/70's folk group doesn't it! - where's Mary?) - I'm showing my age now! Anyway, I digress!!!

Peter, I'm glad you like the composition and I'll experiment with the sky.

Paul, I had the images scanned at Jessops and was very disappointed with the quality (it's a long story so I won't bore you with it, but I'm still in the complaining stage with them). When I get my original slide back from them I'll check it on my lightbox to see if the waves were blown out on the original image.

I guess what I'd like to achieve by uploading the scanned images of my old slides is to get others' opinions of the images as a whole i.e. composition, subject matter and whether the image works or not. If I get good responses to an image (and I think that any slight errors on contrast/colour casts are redeemable with Elements), I'll consider sending the slide away to a professional lab and paying the necessary cost to get a really good scan done.

I'm just not sure if my images are good enough - I like them, but I need affirmation from other more experienced photographers.

All of your comments will be helpful.

Cheers and keep them coming please.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 10:05AM
You have answered the problem. The picture is nice, the problem is, I'm now sure, the scan. I'm afraid non specialist people like Jessops are just likely to bang your images through the system on automatic with little thought or correction.

I'm afraid you have to pay for professional scanning, or do it yourself. frankly, if you have a lot of images, you could buy a scanner these days at a reasonable price. The modern flat beds are actually quite good at scanning slides, but 35mm can be difficult.

Don't go out and buy a cheap scanner. You need at least 3200dpi for 35mm and full software control - Silverfast comes packaged often and is very good.

Thanks Paul, I have about 1,500 35 mm slides taken about 10 - 13 years ago, mostly fuji velvia. My plan is to carry out a critical review of them all and, if I think there are enough worthy ones (I doubt this very much though), I'll buy a scanner. I think the most likely scenario is that I pick out the very best ones and get them scanned by a professional Lab.

The main challenge for me will be sorting the wheat from the chaff, and identifying any decent images in my stock! (I'm just a snapper really).

Joining Ephotzine will be great for me, as by reading all of the critiques I'm learning what constitutes a good image and hopefully can apply that knowledge when making decisions about my own efforts.

I've also got my new Nikon D3100 and Elements 10 and I'm looking forward to uploading images taken more recently.

Enjoy your New Year Celebrations.



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