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Sunrise in Midland

By Relic01  
I took these this morning, went looking for fog and found none so this is what I did. I like the composition, did some processing: crop, +24 contrast, backlight +.30 deg straighten. I cloned out the post seen in mod 1. Mod 2 is a severe bottom crop. This is on Aperture priority with 1/300 f8.0 +33ev ISO 200 and 4.3mm focal point Mod 1 is bottom crop,+78 saturation +3 contrast +75% backlight cooled the temp +25 deepen and manual with 1/320s f11.0 0.0 ev ISO 2.00 9.8mm focal point Mod 2 is straight out of camera.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature



banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4345 Canada
19 Aug 2015 3:14PM
This is good. One of your best so far I think.

You planned it, thought about it, set the camera up, focused on the life preserver and made a really good effort.

The post processing can be refined a bit, but good work.

Colour, and maybe colour balance has the rope looking blue/magenta, and its likely a white rope thats underexposed a bit, so hint of blue would be ok.

Be careful around the area where you removed that metal bit, - theres a bright area that draws attention to it, but a good idea to remove it.

I would clone out the bright spot at the bottom, might be lens flare, and Ive loaded a mod with a bit more space added to the top to place that horizon on a third.

The water drops on the life buoy are a really nice element here too.

Well done overall.

The mod has a different colour tone, added the top space, cropped space off the left, and sharpened the water drops quite a bit to get them to shine.


Relic01 11 8 Canada
19 Aug 2015 3:25PM
Thanks Willie, much appreciated!
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
19 Aug 2015 4:53PM
Nothing to add: planning pays!
Relic01 11 8 Canada
19 Aug 2015 5:30PM
Question, should I have added more exposure compensation?
Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2015 8:37PM
That depends on the effect you were looking for.

More positive compensation would have lightened the sky, probably losing any colour you have recorded, and the blown out sun would have been blown much more. On the other hand, you wouldn't have had to work so hard on the shadows. You can see a distinct halo round the post.

This is the kind of shot you need to pre-visualise what you want and get the camera to work for you, rather than taking shots and hoping for the best.

You can always use a bit of diffused flash to light the foreground without affecting the rest....I'm sure your camera will have a slow-sync mode, or a night portrait mode. Something where you can fire the flash and still have an exposure for the ambient light.

TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2015 5:17PM
I have to admit, given the option of the image above or your two mods, I'm plumping for Mod 1 Smile I really love the subtlety of it and for me the colours are far less obviously processed than your result above. In the one above, if you look closely at the water, particularly in the bottom left corner area, you can see green/magenta/blue splodges which unfortunately scream "I've been over-processed". Some people like that look, however, so it's just my personal thoughts.

I think the scene itself is lovely - sometimes it's the simplest things that visually make the strongest images. Far too often people try to cram too much into their images and it ends up just confusing the brain - the poor viewer doesn't know where to look first!

Here, my eyes know exactly where to go ... they see the life buoy, linger on the textures there, climb up (or down) the twisted cords of the rope and then slide up the sun's reflection in the water to the far distant horizon line.

The imagination then starts making up stories, possibly sad ones but also maybe happy ones, where the life buoy has played its part in saving a life ... Smile

So yes, the image as a whole works very well. In my mod I did crop slightly to place the horizon line roughly on the upper third and the sun's orb less centrally. I also cloned out the piece of metal you spoke of, and reduced noise a bit as well. A touch of Smart Sharpening and a bit of a border to finish things off.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
20 Aug 2015 5:47PM
Tanya- Thank you for your comments and the mod, I love the border and I guess I should have gone with my first thought of adding one. I went back and looked real hard and now see the magenta colours in the bottom left you mentioned, went back and compared to the SOOC and they aren't there. I have just learned another indicator that I am processing to much, thank you!

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