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Fisherman with Dog

I thought that the man looked quite dejected, whist the dog expectant. I battle with too much blue and look for advice.

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debu 10 India
12 Mar 2019 1:09PM
Great capture.

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dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
12 Mar 2019 2:15PM
Part of the secret is that you used auto white balance: it tends to give quite blue results.

You can adjust this pretty easily in editing, though the precise method depends on the software you have.

Let us know what program you use, and one or other of us will probably have used it.

My mod will be done in Photoshop, using the Adobe Camera Raw filter, which allows fine tuning of white balance. If you shoot RAW files, as you should for the highest quality, you can check and adjust as you convert the file to JPG for posting.
dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
12 Mar 2019 2:18PM
Quite weird - the file is downloading, but Photoshop isn't able to open it. I'll raise this with the site admin people.
12 Mar 2019 3:06PM
I use Photoshop Elements, and the file opened without any problem.

Photographing near the sea, especially on a very sunny day, means there will be a lot of Ultra Violet light, which will result in your photographs having a blue cast. The effect here doesn't look very pronounced... I've seen far worse examples.
It just needs warming up, and as John says, this can easily be adjusted in post editing by various means, depending on what your particular software will allow you to do.
Alternatively, when photographing under these conditions in future, change the White Balance setting on your camera... it should give you a choice of various presets to suit different lighting conditions, and you should also be able to adjust the balance manually. Dig out your instruction manual if you have one, and have a look.

I'll upload a mod. I just warmed it a bit, reduced the contrast a little, and straightened your wonky horizon.


EDIT: Looking at the mod after uploading, I actually think the cooler balance of your original looks better!
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4070 Canada
12 Mar 2019 3:24PM
Its a very nice image.

There is some issues with the actual file, - some programmes cant open it, - theres no assigned colour space, and theres a Photoshop CS error re unsupported jpeg precision.
So can you tell us which software you used for the image, - that might help us figure this out?

I did manage to open it using Affinity Photo however. The horizon need a bit of a leveling, and the subsequent cropping loses a small amount of the image; the colour tone is decent; it does however need quite a bit of sharpening.

Ive uploaded a mod with this done. Your shot settings look fine, so Im not sure how your losing sharpness, - perhaps its how you post process the image. So again, some details on the software and how you processed it would be useful.

Lastly, this shows it was shot on Jan 5th, 2019 at almost 2PM; where is the location?


pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2019 5:34PM
Although I feel that the image needs brightening up, Paul, I didn't see the blue as being too much of an issue at first, but after doing my modification, I realised the benefit of warming the image a bit. The rocks come up a lot richer in tone, for instance.

I like the way the dog echoes the colours in the rocks, and its attentive attitude, which makes the viewer wonder why he looks so expectant and, as you say, why the man looks dejected. It may simply mean that the man is concentrating and the dog gets excited waiting for a fish to be caught, but the story is there, however one may interpret it.

In my modification, I have cropped to bring the main elements more to the fore, whilst keeping all of the fishing rod inside the frame, and the dog better positioned. I brightened the image, lifted the shadows and sharpened.

Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 8:39AM
What a great way to wind away the day. The idea with the dog and owner is sport on.

I do know if you use PS, as there is a color lookup which is in the create layer at the bottom of the layer table. Then on the Load 3d LUT dropdown menu there is a dropblues LUT. click on this and then use the opacity to get the amount you want. I also used the auto in camera raw which now does a great job. l
PRG 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2019 12:12PM
Again, thanks all. For information I shoot in Raw. I use Photoshop and used (I think) Raw processing. But then the programme didn't show EXIF so when upload to ephotozine the information wasn't there. So, I'll uninstall photoshoot and reinstall. I think I shot in WB Daylight and the shot was taken near Cape Town SA. LUT, I'll investigate. More buttons, more fun! PRG

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