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View onto Cape Town from Robben Island.

By MsZombee
An unedited photo looking onto Cape Town from Robben Island. Any advice on how this could be made better is appreciated or any positives it may already have. Not trying to achieve a particular style but rather just a good quality picture!

Tags: Sky Landscape Travel Rocks Clouds Sea South africa Cape town Robben island Landscape and travel

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
25 May 2016 4:11PM
It's just as I remember it...those clear blue skies and the clouds hanging over table mountain....I have added a mod, just for fun, using my default process in adds contrast and increase clarity/vibrancy + I've added a filter to the sky...trying to bring out some of the detail in the background Smile

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themak 6 1.0k Scotland
25 May 2016 4:33PM
I straightened the horizon, cropped some sky and a little off the right, sharpened and colour tweak in Picasa.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
25 May 2016 5:56PM
Its a good shot. It does need a slight clock-wise rotation to get the horizon level as mentioned.

I would think a 16 X 9 crop would suit this as it would reduce the amount of empty sky, and Ive tried that in a mod.

You used a Landscape preset which makes the scene very blue, so I have tweaked this to look a little warmer, brightened the rocks.


dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
25 May 2016 10:33PM
A wonderful view, and good light: not a lot needed, I'd say.

The slight rotation, certainly. Maybe a touch of warming: the big thing is a crop - I've gone for a radical one - very, very panoramic.That's how the subject is...

Yes, it loses a lot of sky, but it makes so much more of the land.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
26 May 2016 3:32PM
One of the biggest positives for me in this image is those foreground rocks. I could spend ages just exploring those and completely ignore the amazing scene across the water!

It's very blue, as has been pointed out, which almost makes it look a little unnatural and definitely needs that rotation.

One thing you could try next time, if the camera will let you, is to change the White Balance to Shady. That will warm the colours up a bit in camera (the 'colour' of shade is quite blueish, so the camera tries to compensate for that by adding in orange to warm it up a bit; it's often an easy way to do it in camera, rather than doing it in post processing afterwards).

In my mod, I've done a similar crop to John, although I've kept the whole depth of the rocks in at the bottom. I've used two Color Lookup adjustment layers in Photoshop - one to drop about 50% of the blues out of the scene, and the other to warm it up a little. (The benefit of warming it up is that it brings out some of the red seaweed (or what I think is seaweed) draped across the rocks.)

I played with the distribution of shadows and highlights a little as well, to try and get more light into the foreground, so that the eye progresses through the image more naturally, by looking at the brighter bit first and then being pulled into the image towards the darker distance.

Then I added a little sharpening, just to bring the details in the rocks and the sea spray out a little more and make them sparkle a bit.

Even having said all that, though, it's still a very nice scene and one that you've composed well.


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