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semi wild waves

By abesad
Took many photo's, just putting this one on first. I feel I may have lost some highlights looking at the historgram, not sure. Wanted to capture the waves coming in and going out. It was a grey day, so not much detail in sky. Settings I used are 1/6sec, Aperture, f/22, ISO 100, Pattern, Focal length 24.4mm. Much appreciated if you could help me get better photo's.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Landscape and travel

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Briwooly 10 452 5 England
17 Mar 2009 1:34PM
Added a little colour to the Sky, sharpened adjusted in curve hope this helps

Brian.................................

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Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
17 Mar 2009 1:49PM
I think having this pipeline in the centre doesn't help with the composition. The pipe looks like a cannon and we're looking along the barrel. Remember the rule of thirds and try to view the pipe from a more dramatic angle.

Why not try getting lower down at the side of the pipe and shooting along its side to the water. Also wait until the sea is a bit rougher to give it some punch with a big wave. Also the sky is a bit dull and needs some dramatic clouds to give it some substance.

I think that you just need to be there at the right time and you'll have a winning shot.
abesad 7 Scotland
17 Mar 2009 1:53PM

Quote:Added a little colour to the Sky, sharpened adjusted in curve hope this helps

Brian.................................



Could you possible tell me exactly how you did this in cs3. Haven't got used to cs3 yet. Thanks
susan
NEWMANP 8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 4:21PM
the problem you have here is just as you say, it was a dull day and not the most interesting of lighting situations . these shots come alive with dramatic light. image what it would look like with a storm with sunlight or a sun rise/set.
the composition is split a little with the central element and a little side move to make it spring slightly off on a diagonal would have been better and i would have clipped the odd bricks off the base. minor points really.
its a fact that the few minor mods above by Brian have made a significant difference. i am assuming that he has chosen a colour, made a duplicate layer and applied a blue grad over the sky adjusted the opacity to suit and flattened the layers. the brightness can also be brought up by selecting levels and bringing the right hand pointer in a left direction until it touches the histogram or by making a shallow S shape in curves. this will give the highlights in the waves a little sparkle.
its a good attempt, and a few tweaks in photoshop is all it needs to make it look better. more dramatic conditions would give better still results.
hope this helps.
Phil
abesad 7 Scotland
17 Mar 2009 5:27PM

Quote:The problem you have here is just as you say, it was a dull day and not the most interesting of lighting situations . these shots come alive with dramatic light. image what it would look like with a storm with sunlight or a sun rise/set.
the composition is split a little with the central element and a little side move to make it spring slightly off on a diagonal would have been better and i would have clipped the odd bricks off the base. minor points really.
its a fact that the few minor mods above by Brian have made a significant difference. i am assuming that he has chosen a colour, made a duplicate layer and applied a blue grad over the sky adjusted the opacity to suit and flattened the layers. the brightness can also be brought up by selecting levels and bringing the right hand pointer in a left direction until it touches the histogram or by making a shallow S shape in curves. this will give the highlights in the waves a little sparkle.
its a good attempt, and a few tweaks in photoshop is all it needs to make it look better. more dramatic conditions would give better still results.
hope this helps.
Phil



Thank you phil for taking the time to comment, I really appreciated that, and a great constructive comment too.
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3399 Canada
17 Mar 2009 10:40PM
Hi Susan,

Lots of good comments above. I was going to move on without leaving a comment due to this, until I noticed your own comment on lost highlights and the histogram.

The histogram for this image shows that there are NO highlights, - that is, the graph is biased to the middle and left, so I wanted to make sure youre reading the histogram correctly. My mod has simple made the image fit the histogram from side to side, and as you can see, its way brighter. What this means is the original shot is under exposed. Still the weather and light was poor, - but exposed a little more would provide a better shot either way.

Hope this is helpful, - I will check back later to see of you have any comment or need more information.


Regards


Willie
abesad 7 Scotland
18 Mar 2009 9:25AM

Quote:Hi Susan,

Lots of good comments above. I was going to move on without leaving a comment due to this, until I noticed your own comment on lost highlights and the histogram.

The histogram for this image shows that there are NO highlights, - that is, the graph is biased to the middle and left, so I wanted to make sure youre reading the histogram correctly. My mod has simple made the image fit the histogram from side to side, and as you can see, its way brighter. What this means is the original shot is under exposed. Still the weather and light was poor, - but exposed a little more would provide a better shot either way.

Hope this is helpful, - I will check back later to see of you have any comment or need more information.


Regards


Willie



Thank you, I understand what you mean now and thanks for showing the photo, a pity I couldn't put it on my computer to just see the histogram now on the new photo. thanks again
regards susan
riprap007 11 1.6k 37 England
18 Mar 2009 9:41AM
I've tried to approach the mod with keeping the feel of the overcast day and slightly enhancing the elements of the image. The heavy dominant central placement captures the eye so much that I feel the extra work on that area benefits the image, and so I sharpened it, burnt the shadow areas, brightened the spray all to give it further (subtle I hope) emphasis.
abesad 7 Scotland
18 Mar 2009 9:45AM

Quote:I've tried to approach the mod with keeping the feel of the overcast day and slightly enhancing the elements of the image. The heavy dominant central placement captures the eye so much that I feel the extra work on that area benefits the image, and so I sharpened it, burnt the shadow areas, brightened the spray all to give it further (subtle I hope) emphasis.


Well thats certainly brightens up my image, a cool effect looks ok and brings it more alive. regards susan
abesad 7 Scotland
18 Mar 2009 9:49AM
I would like to thank everyone for commenting and giving me suggestions and also showing what my photo could be like. Makes my photo looking quite dull and uninteresting. I can now see what I need to do with some of the other photo's I have. Its great to see what it could be like though.All the mod are an improvement on mine.
regards susan
deckoc 7
19 Mar 2009 7:15PM
Hi

I think that the sea is a bit green and overall the shot could do with further exposure. I also feel that the composure needs attention.

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