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Big Sand, near Ullapool in NW Scotland

By Bigpoolman
It was cold, blowing a gale, and I wasn't getting too close to the waves! So a telephoto at a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the spray hitting the rocks and frame the lovely colour in the seaweed. Well that was the plan.

Critique very welcome please.



Tags: Scotland Autumn Landscape and travel Westerross 2016 BigSand

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
21 Jan 2017 5:08PM
Interesting, especially the shutter speed and the effect on the spray. Well caught moment.

Actually, the first thing that hits me is the grittiness of the seaweed, and the very high contrast of an image shot under a cloudy sky. I have the feeling that you may have used a touch more sharpening (and similar things) than you usually do, and the effect is more negative than positive, for me. When the pictures says 'sharpened' and that strikes me before the subject, I'm worried - similarly with any processing, technique, or gimmick.

The light's also a little cold.

And it's a lovely shot - I'd like to see a slightly warmer, distinctly softer version...
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
21 Jan 2017 5:12PM
My second mod used the Nik Polaroid Transfer filter to soften and warm things - it seems to be a good way to (literally) take the edge off...
21 Jan 2017 8:18PM
Thanks John

I've slightly reprocessed it -see explanation above. May still require to be a bit softer possibly. Prefer the first mod to the second, its done something to the colours in the rocks which is not quite as I recall them.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
21 Jan 2017 8:46PM
Yes, double clarity could well be it.

I like that much better - thank you. And yes, there's still a little more crunchiness than seaweed seems to me to have in reality.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2017 8:31AM
1/6 sec is hardly going to be fast enough to freeze spray! Just faster than you normally use think. Does seem very heavily processed and a touch unnatural. I struggle a bit with this one as I see no real compositional construction and thus no track for the eye. What to look at?

Probably due to landscape being outside my comfort zone.

22 Jan 2017 8:58AM
Thanks Paul, probably my terminology as regards freezing. You're quite right but I suppose it got the effect that I was looking for which was to provide a frame of the breaking wave around the seaweed at the edge of the rocks. The compositional element was supposed to be the lines in the rocks leading towards this. The original photograph had a much taller aspect which set this in context with the sea and the distant mountains. I'll put this up as a mod so you can see where I started but I cropped it down to the above as I felt it was more interesting.

It still doesn't seem particularly unnatural to me, but then we sometimes (usually in my case) see what we want to see so the challenge is good.



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