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Evening light at Pan Rocks

By Bajob3
I would love feedback on this image. I had a previous image in of this location and it was suggested I changed my viewpoint. The light last night wasn't quite as good but I moved around a lot more.

Tags: Sunset Landscape Water Seascape Long exposure Landscape and travel Pan Rocks Sunset



dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
29 Apr 2021 11:44AM
This is definitely a less cluttered view. You didn't have a stormy sky, but the light looks delicate and pretty.

Thank you for the original - which prompts me to say that it's always a good idea to shoot as many variations of viewpoint as possible. I'm sure that I'd have tried a few closer images, zooming to 70mm and concentrating on the area on the right.

The unedited version is definitely a little underexposed. You're shooting with Manual exposure, and this means that you need to be treating exposure as brain-on activity: not just aligning lights and needles, but thinking hard about the tones before you, and how you want to present them. Here, the image is predominantly light and mid tones, so you need to be 'overexposing' according to the meter. (The same need for brain on actually applies in auto modes - you'd be giving a stop of positive exposure compensation, which is what you and I have done in processing the image!)

I also increased saturation a touch - this conjures a mental image of soft pink light, and I've processed to emphasise that, rightly or wrongly.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
29 Apr 2021 3:24PM
The evening light here is really nice. Even with applying a more sunny white balance, its a soft, salmon pink tone thats very attractive.

A 16X9 crop seems to work ok, once exposure is sorted out.

The original uploaded a a relatively small file size, so remember to upload without any re-sizing of the file.

I used the original for the mod, and personally I would try to retain the delicate softness of the scene, - softness in colour and tone rather than sharpness. Its tempting to overdo processing to make it more dramatic, though for me the charm is in calmness.

I removed what might have been a figure on the walkway.


Bajob3 2
29 Apr 2021 8:30PM
Thank you both for the feedback, it was indeed a figure on the walkway and there was also a lifering on the rocks. I wasn't sure if leaving the more muted tones would reduce the impact so it is very interesting to get your viewpoint on it.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
29 Apr 2021 9:34PM
Subtle, soft, pastel or muted tones all describe the same thing and often mke for a good image especially in conditions as you have here.

There's no need to overdo them as they're attracive as they are. Subject and lighting conditions dictate that, and bumping up saturation, apart from risking a garish look, would mean an unnatural look.

So you've done a good job on processing from the original.
However, you made work for yourself because of the underexposure. Get that sorted at the time of capture and processing only needs to add some polish rather than complete sanding down and varnishing to use a furniture analogy.

The closer crop makes for a bolder image too, so that's something else to consider while you're there - not so much as to disregard some viewpoints and framing but to consider the alternatives while you're there.
Bajob3 2
29 Apr 2021 10:15PM
Thank you again. I was struggling a lot with the light as I was using an nd filter to get the long exposure and whilst the exposure was potentially correct when I was pressing the button the sun was disappearing behind the clouds and the light was dropping quite a bit. I was also conscious of holding detail in the brighter areas rather than having burn out. I had the wider viewpoint as I was trying to get a lead in from the waves so I could crop the image to get the lead from the corner.

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