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BillyGoatGruff's Gallery Comments

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First Impression by BillyGoatGruff

First Impression

Cheers Derek - had a lot of fun exploring the possibilities Grin

It'll probably pass by most people....hey ho!

By: BillyGoatGruff

Before the Rain by BillyGoatGruff

Before the Rain

Cheers all.
Most appreciated Smile

By: BillyGoatGruff

Industry by BillyGoatGruff


Cheers all - most appreciated Grin

By: BillyGoatGruff

Cockerham Sands by mickp

Cockerham Sands

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


By: mickp

Landing Light by BillyGoatGruff

Landing Light

Cheers peeps Smile

By: BillyGoatGruff

Thrust by BillyGoatGruff


Many thanks folks.

Did (doing) better than I expected! Smile

By: BillyGoatGruff

Spectre by Codiac


Lovely self portrait Wink

By: Codiac

The Full Force by mikesmith

The Full Force

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

By: mikesmith

Riding the Wave by martin.w

Riding the Wave

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

By: martin.w

Sycamore Falls by mikesmith

Sycamore Falls

Nice one, Mike Grin

By: mikesmith

twister by LesF


Beaut! Smile

By: LesF

England's End by BillyGoatGruff

England's End

Cheers all Smile

And a big thank you to Keith for your UA - most appreciated Grin

By: BillyGoatGruff

Kansai Airport by Sue_R

Kansai Airport

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


By: Sue_R

Anonymous Falls by mikesmith

Anonymous Falls

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.



By: mikesmith

On the Ledge.. by chris-p

On the Ledge..

Pretty special Smile

By: chris-p

A Grand Sunset by martin.w

A Grand Sunset

Now, that's a sky! Smile

By: martin.w

The Threat by BillyGoatGruff

The Threat

Thanks very much, Alun!
I'm very glad you saw what I did Smile

By: BillyGoatGruff

Glencoe by Tynnwrlluniau


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


By: Tynnwrlluniau

Elan Mini Falls. by Buffalo_Tom

Elan Mini Falls.

Even better, Tom! Wink


By: Buffalo_Tom

the bathing pool by LesF

the bathing pool

Wow! Superb, Les Grin

By: LesF

Fire At Sea by MrsS

Fire At Sea

If I had an award available, this would get it.
It's just sublime, Fran Grin


By: MrsS

The Pier.... by martin.w

The Pier....

Brill....in a very subtle way Wink

By: martin.w

Before The Squall by cdm36

Before The Squall

A beaut! Grin

By: cdm36

Almost Time ... by sut68

Almost Time ...

A fine effort, mate Smile

Been wondering where you'd got to...


By: sut68