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View across to Jura

By sdixon2380
Driving down the Kintyre peninsula I encountered this view across to Jura. The sea had lots of different bands of colours that I wanted to capture.
It was very windy and there were a lot of ripples that I have tried to bring out, I hope not too much.

Tags: Lake Loch Mountains Sea Landscape and travel

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Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 8:40PM
Evening Steve

Another interesting landscape and the lines, colour and texture has been well visualised.

The EXIF data shows a balanced exposure - perhaps you could have come back to f11 and retained enough DoF. At the same time moving the shutter speed to 1/100s which would have been a little safer if handholding at 70mm. The main reason for coming back to f11 is to squeeze the best quality out of the lens. The more you close down the more the quality can deteriorate as the lens will start to diffract. The sweet spot on your lens will likely be f8 or f11 and with landscape, if it gives you enough DoF, is one to consider in your choice of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed combination.

You have other options with the scene as cropping in tighter to the ribbons of colour and texture across the water would create an interesting abstract. As it is however you have a well composed and appealing landscape.

It is quite a grainy looking image and the saturation to pull out the colours feels a little un-natural. I am interested in what you chose to do here in processing. Did you increase overall saturation or use the individual channels to pull out the blue and green?

The ripples create a fascinating texture with the light falling to pull out the shadows and highlights on the water.

I think this also works in mono because of the texture and tone across the image.

I would like to see the original image as a variant or uploaded on the modification option as this might be easier to work on to demonstrate a different way of working it through processing. I will have a play and see what I can do with a mod.

sdixon2380 10 9 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 9:05PM
Thanks Paul, the colours in the water were pretty much like that, must have been to do with the clouds and depths because it did come and go.
I was quite extreme with Nik software to get the grainy feel, I usually start off extreme and pull back. I know this didn't look very natural but I liked the strange gritty effect.
I'll try and add the original JPG out of lightroom.
I haven't really reached the stage of knowing how to work with different channels yet.
Thanks again for your feedback.
sdixon2380 10 9 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 9:07PM
Paul, I like the mono image, thanks.
Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 9:15PM
Hi Steve

In Lightroom you have the HSL option in Develop module. On the Saturation tab you have all the colour channel sliders. You can increase or decrease individual colour channels to play with the image. Usually subtle changes work best to keep it looking natural and a good way of increasing blue in a sky using the blue and cyan channels, foliage with the green and yellow channels and so on. Give it a try.

Great for mono conversion too as you can control the tones using the colour channels

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
16 Apr 2014 9:36PM
Hi Steve,

Can you tell us, step by step, how you re-size this for uploading to the site? Theres something I would like to check, and something Ive noticed in your last upload of the lake, which is a nice shot btw.

Did you use a tripod for this?


sdixon2380 10 9 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 9:42PM
Hi Willie, I just crop using Lightroom to any size that I like rather than keeping to standard dimensions and then Export as a JPG to longest edge 18" and 72ppi. I keep the longest edge to 18" to keep the JPG size down. I don't do any resizing for uploading to this site.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
17 Apr 2014 12:00AM
Thanks Steve.

In LR, when exporting and re sizing, rather than using inches, use 1000 pixels; its possible your image will exceed 1000 pixels when you use inches, and the the EPZ site will resize, - this can cause quality issues; what do you do with the JPEG quality slider? It should be left to 100%.

The reason Im interested is that I see JPEG artifacts from file compression problems.

So, can you confirm the jepg quality slider for me?

Then, with this image, go back to the original file, and re-size it to 1000 pixels, and 100% jpeg quality.


Richsr 13 91 223 England
17 Apr 2014 10:31AM
Think you acheived what you set of to capture with the water
some good FB too
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2014 11:37AM
wonderful shot !!

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