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Scottish Loch

By Nigwel
Take on a trip to Scotland earlier this year..

I know the sky`s a wee bit burnt out but hoping a mod from someone might help with it. I`m still trying out the layers in PS but just not doing it right. Must be an age thing!! lol..

I`m sure it`s got the potential to be a very nice photo but needs a lot more work..

I await you critique. Smile


Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
24 May 2014 4:49PM
I tried a mod Nigel. It seems that theres a lot of mist present, not unusual for Scotland, and theres no real detail there. Its not actually burnt out according to the histogram, - its close, bit not overexposed.

I have recovered as much as I can, but if it is mist, its a good as it gets.

Let me know if it works for you.

I used the shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop CS for the main part, and also altered colour balance a little. I see something that resembled noise in the sky, - but there would be none at ISO 100, - so reduce that a little too.



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dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
24 May 2014 9:36PM
Looks like it is mist/fog/drizzle/low cloud judging by the greyness across the distant hills.
So even shooting in RAW there'd be precious little to 'recover'.

Apart from painting in a sky from elsewhere which very rarely looks right, there's not much to be done now.

In a similar situation, a graduated ND filter would help put some tone in the sky so that the image doesn't fade out at the top. If you don't have one, taking a second underexposed shot and blending the sky in later would do.

This is an example where post processing is beneficial to an image, at least to get it to the point as 'you saw the original scene'.
It's nice to see the hazy sunlit foreground against a moody background, and the boat makes a good focal point.
You've done pretty well in typical Scottish (or any mountainous British) conditions.

Nigwel 4 7
28 May 2014 10:51AM
I'm going to give raw a try.

Seems there's so much more available to to with a raw photo.

Thank for your advice Willie and Keith. Weathers not to clever here.

Nige. Smile

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