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06/07/2008 - 8:46 PM

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm AbbeyTo start with, I feel the top of the abbey is too close to the top of the image so I added some extra canvas, then cloned in some sky.

I then duplicated the image.

I felt the f/g was too dark and so I lightened the image using levels and changed the colour balance. I then gave this a contrast boost in curves and a little saturation.

On the duplicated image, I only used levels, curves and saturation on the sky until I was happy with it.

I used the move tool to place one image on top of the other, then painted the sky back in, so I had the best of both images showing. I then flattened the layers.

I did a little dodging and burning to increase the highlights and interest in the f/g, then put a border around it.

I selectively sharpened certain areas and saved to web.

I just felt the original image needed lightening and creating more definition and interest in the f/g. Also, as mentioned, the towers were too close to the top, so needed room to breathe.

This is only an opinion.

05/07/2008 - 9:15 PM

Kimmeridge gold

Kimmeridge goldReally good f/g detail. I think the seaweed area is perhaps too light and could be toned down so it visually recedes and there's a black spot in the sky above the mid-point of the headland.

I think the image is excellent and well composed.

I think if you have a 20% rate of good sunsets to bad at Kimmeridge then you're doing very well. I've been there 6 or 7 times now and had only one good sunset. Maybe I'm just bad at weather forcasting?

03/07/2008 - 6:35 AM

girl in green

girl in greenI think if you made the architectural lines vertical, that alone would improve the image.

At the moment the image looks quite cold and grey so it needs to be warmed up a bit IMO. You could also use a warm up filter or change the colour balance to warm the photo and skin tones.

I think the focus looks a little soft. You may need to sharpen the image to improve it. Always sharpen at the end of your workflow as this will affect the quality of the image. Any work done done after your main sharpening will degrade the quality.

Also, if you increased the contrast ( by using levels and curves in Photoshop )this would help to give the image more visual impact, as would increasing the saturation a little.

I hope this is helpful, kind regards, Alan.