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ainsdale sun set

By stephenbellini
sun seting at ainsdale beach

Tags: Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2009 6:14PM
Hello, Peter. I'm not sure what you are doing with your uploads, but this image has blank space below it. The sunset colours are attractive, but the image is quite soft, and the bottom, which I think is water, is very dark. It also looks a bit flat and could do with some lightening and contrast, to bring out the colours. You haven't put your camera settings, so it's hard to say why it is soft, and it may just be due to re-sizing for the site. The sun is well offset, maybe even a little too offset, and I'd like to have seen it about a third of the way across the horizon. The horizon has just a bit of a slope. It looks like your camera has exposed for the sky, leaving the bottom area quite dark. This can be effective in sunsets if there is something interesting in the foreground, such as some breakers or a pier, which can then be thrown into silhouette against the colourful sky. Even a lone tree breaks up the horizon and adds some interest. In my modification, I straightened the horizon and cropped some of the right side, then lightened the image, lifted the shadows to reveal some detail in the water, increased highlights, then selected the sky area only and deepened it as well as adding some contrast.

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Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
15 Apr 2009 11:16PM
Also n ot sure how you got the picture in a white picture problem. Anyway, for the pic itself, I think this could either work in one of two ways: firstly, with a main point of focus such as the setting sun to capture the eye in the frame, or secondly as a dreamy layered abstract. Unfortunately I think this falls between the two stools, as the sun is too small and towards the edge to be an enticing point of interest, yet it also unbalances the image a bit so it wouldn't work too well as b).

What might I have done then at the time? p either home in more on the sun, have it bigger in the frame and placed more in from the side : or turned the camera and taken a portarit shot of some of the nice layers.

Technically, the shot's a bit underexposed and washed out - stop or twoexposure comensation at the time may have helped that., or after the event easilty fixed by tweaking brightness/contrast, or curves or whatever tool/method you're comfortable with.

Finally, tiny niggle, there seems to be an overall slight magenta colour cast. Easily fixed by reducinhg the magenta channel by just a few percent (or increasing the green - same thing)

Hope there's something of use there


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