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Rising tide

Don't usually attempt landscapes but thought id have a go this morning as i was out having a walk on the beach. the 3rds came to mind when i looked at this shot, is there to much foreground i was thinking, not much in the way of interest, to much or too little sky, not sharp enough where needs to be. any help and advise much appropriated.
thanks for looking.

Tags: Beach General Tide Sea Landscape and travel



5 Jan 2014 4:56PM
I did a little work on this.....took out a couple of spots....worked saturation, contrast, and light a bit. What do you think?

This is a lovely composition.

Oh, and I think you did not intend for this to be an adult photo....restricts who will see it.

barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 5:02PM
yes ... you can go back and edit this so its for viewing by everyone
more chance of some good advice
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 5:03PM
thanks peter yes looks good to me. your right must have clicked the wrong box tried to sort that but no option to do so so will have to leave it in the adult section, thanks for the mod.
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
5 Jan 2014 5:04PM
An excellent composition, Steve, well captured. Carol
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 5:06PM
was just looking barbara where do you go to change looked at edit didnt give me an option.
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 5:06PM
mind you i should know better been here long enough now!!!
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 5:07PM
hi carol happy new year to you
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 5:12PM
found it barbara i can show it the kids now!!Smile
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 5:18PM
sorry I should have told you ....
at least you found it out
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
5 Jan 2014 6:28PM
Its a nice scene Steve, - where is it? Ive been looking at pics of the Liffey overflowing in Dublin on Facebook. Wild weather.

Looking at the histogram in Photoshop, the shot is underexposed. I am guessing, though cant be sure, that the sky, clouds and reflected light from the waves my have caused the metering to underexpose. It looks like a +1 works with it, and thats whats in the mod.

It works in a 16:9 format, which places the horizon on a third; a little sharpening helps, and a boost in colour. Its a shot that tells the story of the stormy day, - its perhaps better than you give it credit for. It might have been a better composition of you had included more of the right side, moving that house closer to a third, but I dont know whats there that might have prevented you from doing that.

Are you remembering to check and adjust sharpness after you re-size and save, before you upload? Re sizing can cause loss of detail.

View the mods large.

Hope this helps,


gary_d 15 576 13 Wales
5 Jan 2014 6:42PM
Stick to birdsTongueTongue

Sorry mate I am joking but the amount of times you have given me stick I am entitled one shot over your bows.GrinSmileGrin

The mods have proved that all the elements were already in place.

I hope you and the family had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you all.

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 6:48PM
Basically a rather nice scene. Dramatic interpretation of the rules, and it works. It is a bit under exposed though? I wonder why you used f22. To fet depth of field I assume but f11 would have been enough with focus on the house. That would have put the aperture more in the lenses sweet spot.

mhfore 16 8 176 England
5 Jan 2014 7:12PM
Hi Steve,

I like this, in fact I wish I was in an area to capture a shot like this, I think you have foreground interest with the grass, the waves breaking and a stormy sky. What more do you want Wink

I do think you have a cleaning job on your hands as there are some spots in the sky, I've posted a mod with the three most prominent ones but I think there is more.

If you have photoshop this is what I've done with the second mod. First make a copy then go to "Image" > "Adjustments" > "Levels" I slightly lightened the image by bringing the white pointer in towards the middle and then moved the black pointer also towards the middle, the values in the boxes were Black 8 - Midtones 1.00 Whites 198 . Then make another copy and add a layer mask, click on the layer mask to make it active and slecet your "Gradient" tool making sure it has the default setting of black to white. Now click on the image opposite the mask to make that active and draw a line from just below the horizon to the top of the image, if you hold down the shift button on your keyboard as you do this it will draw a straight line. If you look at the layer mask it will now show the gradient as black at the bottom to white towards the top, this is just a quick way of making a selection of the sky. Now go to "Image" > "Adjustments" > "Shadows / Highlights" and slightly alter the midtones and whites to add a bit of stormy drama to the sky, you can also alter the darker colours it's just a case of playing until you like the result. After merging the layers I then made another copy and added 10% saturation, I normally use vibrance but in this case saturation gave a better result to my eyes. I did think there was to much sky so I made a small crop to the top. Wink

Keep playing Steve you do have an image with potential Grin

dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
5 Jan 2014 7:50PM
According to the exif you shot jpg. You'd have more flexibility to make exposure adjustments if you shoot RAW especially with a little underexposure as you have here. If you know the benefits of RAW already then please disregard this but I add it for the benefit of others who read this.
In fact this image looks a little like an unprocessed RAW file.
With the exposure and contrast sorted as in the mod, you have a decent image. Often that's all that's needed, literally a few seconds tweaking in Photoshop and it's a keeper and not deleted.
I've added my take on this, with a darkened more dramatic sky. I added a new layer, created a gradient from balck to transparent, then changed the blend mode to soft light.

STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 7:55PM
did not re size at all Willie its as it came out of the camera no adjustment at all except a bit of a crop in picasa, opps!!!
STEVELIN 15 162 3 Ireland
5 Jan 2014 8:02PM
thanks Keith, i usually do shot in raw but got caught out this morning after a days outing yesterday and no spare card in the bag so had to shot jpeg didn't want to run out of space on the card, its a valid point you have made shooting in raw makes all the differance.
thanks for the mod.

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