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Cockerham Sands

Cockerham Sands by mickp

Hey Mick!

It's a pretty nice image and a good choice to go B&W, but there are a few things you could do to improve this.

Firstly, from a shooting perspective, you should try to be more aware of the horizon - it should be level. Yours is getting on for 2 degrees off, by my quick estimate!

The other thing that you benefit from is learning about hyperfocal focussing which would help you greatly with depth of field and image sharpness - you'll have to google it as I don't have time to get into the nitty-gritty, I'm afraid. Wink
It's perhaps a bit daunting at first, but is, in fact, a reasonably straightforward technique and especially useful at w/a focal lengths.

Secondly, there's a great deal you can do in post processing to lift this image to where it should be.

First off, fix the horizon using the "measure" tool in photoshop followed by rotate image "arbitrary". You will have to crop the image consequently But using a D800 you can afford to lose a couple of million pixels without too much harm.

Next off, I would work on the contrast which, in my opinion, is what is really lacking here.
Try just putting a curves layer above your image layer without adjusting it, but set its blend mode to "soft light." I think you will be surprised at how improvement there is. Grin
Personally I would go slightly further with two additional curves layers (for foreground and sky - normal blend mode on each) on which I would adjust the curve to improve to tonal separation to my taste and the limit the effect by using a gradient fill on their respective layer masks....(I may have lost you by now! Smile).
Curves layers and layer masks are very powerful tools - do some research. It will benefit you greatly.
Lastly (after resizing for epz) I would use some careful sharpening to tighten it all up prior to uploading.

Cheers - hope this is of some help Smile



Spectre by Codiac

Lovely self portrait Wink

The Full Force

The Full Force by mikesmith

Nice...but you forgot Levels and Curves...again Tongue
(Same recipe works Wink)

Riding the Wave

Riding the Wave by martin.w

Doesn't your dad mind about modelling for you? Wink

Sycamore Falls

Sycamore Falls by mikesmith

Nice one, Mike Grin


twister by LesF

Beaut! Smile

Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport by Sue_R

Works much better in mono in my opinion, Sue.
Gives it a whole new feel Smile


Anonymous Falls

Anonymous Falls by mikesmith

A terrific composition, Mike.

Can't help feeling, however, that the water and overall contrast is a tad weak.

I think you afford afford to set the black and white points in Levels a bit more aggressively.
White point to 241 or thereabouts (hold the alt key to see where the highlight start to clip), black to 2 or 3 and mid point to 1.04 seemed to do the trick, IMO.
I would also be tempted to use a gentle "S" curve in Curves to further punch up the contrast a bit,
Doesn't need much, but the above adjustments do seem to improve and already good image into something much better.



On the Ledge..

On the Ledge.. by chris-p

Pretty special Smile

A Grand Sunset

A Grand Sunset by martin.w

Now, that's a sky! Smile


Glencoe by Tynnwrlluniau

I dream of taking shots like this......Wink


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Added Date: 20/03/2014 - 12:45 PM

Thanks very much, Mick! Grin


Added Date: 12/09/2012 - 7:46 PM



Added Date: 20/03/2012 - 7:34 PM

Thanks very much, Geoff! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit Smile


Added Date: 09/02/2012 - 4:18 PM

Really, really good images here, Phil. A great pleasure to view what I have so far.
Started at the first.....so far, I've got up to May 2009. Had to stop as my eyes were getting scorched Smile
I will be back for sure.



Added Date: 01/11/2011 - 2:41 PM

Thanks very much, Nazmul Smile


Added Date: 01/11/2011 - 9:28 AM

Thanks very much indeed, Janet Smile


Added Date: 17/10/2011 - 10:31 PM

Thanks very much for dropping in and your kind comments, Paul & Lianna. Smile


Added Date: 25/08/2011 - 12:17 PM

Impressive PF, Neil!

Must return when I've got more time!



Added Date: 28/07/2011 - 9:00 AM

Thanks very much, Nick!




Added Date: 17/06/2011 - 11:13 AM

Only had time to look at the first page, Lee.
Seriously impressive work!
Gobsmackingly so, in fact!

I'm looking forward to many return visits!
Amazing just doesn't quite cover the excellence on view here! Smile



Added Date: 01/06/2011 - 9:26 PM

The few shots I've had time to view blew me away!
Awesome, John!
I'll be back.
Again and agin and again.....

Very glad to have found your PF!



Added Date: 20/05/2011 - 10:19 AM

Why, thank you very much Fran!
Thanks for dropping in and for such a nice comment - it definitely helps to keep me afloat!


Added Date: 19/04/2011 - 11:11 AM

Excellent work, Alan.

I'll be back.....frequently!



Added Date: 14/04/2011 - 10:58 AM

Some very beautiful images here, Ray!

I'm looking forward to future additions!

Welcome to epz



Added Date: 04/02/2011 - 11:16 AM

Really quite astonishing work, Barry.
I keep falling off my chair!