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Winter Seascape 2

By Therapy
This is a slight modification of the image that I put up yesterday. It was pointed out that the horizon as not straight so, hopefully I have sorted that out. I also spotted a couple of dust spots lurking on the horizon and so I have got rid of them as well. C&C's on this image would be welcome. I have cropped out a lot of the beach at the bottom and some of the sky. I boosted the contrast to bring out the colours in the sky and that's about it. I hope you like it.

Tags: Sky Winter General Waves Seascape Surf Groin Isle of Wight

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
28 Sep 2017 4:03PM
There's something really quite odd about the tonality - is this filtered in any way? There don't seem to be any highlights in the upper part of the picture, and there seems to be colour banding in the sky, which might suggest a lot of compression....

If this is processed a good deal, could we have the unprocessed original as well, please?
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
28 Sep 2017 4:14PM
Its certainly level now.

Its been processed a lot; like dudler, I can see jpeg artefacts and banding, all down to processing, than saving multiple times whicg cause to image to be compressed over and over.

But the scene can work, - less colour makes the banding, etc less noticeable, and a mono can also work. Both have been loaded as mods.


Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2017 6:33PM
I have uploaded the original shot as requested. I'm not sure what you are getting at regarding"compression". It's a jpeg as are all of my images and therefore has been subject to compression in the camera. If there has been further compression then I am not aware of it and it is unintentional. Perhaps you could explain this form me so that I can be aware of it in the future.
Many thanks for your comments so far.
Thank you for the mods. I tried a B&W version but I felt that the loss of the colour banding detracted from the image.
28 Sep 2017 8:07PM
Excellent and something different , Jeff! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
28 Sep 2017 9:59PM
Every time you save a JPG afresh, there's more compression, especially if you save at less than maximum quality. If you open and save a few time, it shows. Similarly, if you save at less than maximum quality, it will tell - especially now you can upload files at full size and maximum quality (as I regularly do with 42mp Sony files).

Thank you for the original. I cropped top rather than bottom for my mod, as I reckon the surf is lovely... I adjusted Levels to increase contrast - no spectacular colours, but I rather like the result.

A thought on colour - you selected Landscape mode (which will mess with the colours a bit, though possibly in a way that will tend to look good for scenes like this) and yet used Auto white balance. Why not take control and choose how warm or cold the scene is, to suit the mood that inspired you to take the picture?
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
28 Sep 2017 10:07PM
Think of it like making a photocopy of an original document. A high quality copy. The you copy that freash copy; then you take that new cop[y, and copy it. The more generations of copying you have, the more the original has deteriorated. The way JPEG works is that its supposed to compress, i.e make the file smaller, every time you open if, make a change and then save it again. If you open it, look at it and close it, it wont compress it, - its when saving. This is why many shooters work on RAW files, TIFF etc because when you make changes and save the file, there no compression going on, - the size of the file remains the same. When the changes are finished, then produce one jpeg which will look great

capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2017 10:59PM
I think I like the uncropped shot best. I have added a mod which was processed in PS with the camera raw filter plus a little dodge & burn. It's a beautiful scene well worth shooting. There's plenty of good advice above.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
28 Sep 2017 11:45PM
Hi, I have arrived late, nothing more to suggest but to think of a black and white version of it.
Kindly, pablophotographer
Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2017 8:29AM
Thank you guys for all of your good advice. It's particularly helped me to understand compression. I guess my next challeng is to get to grips with RAW.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2017 9:25AM
Can't give you any technical advice, but I just love the image, makes me wish I was there...
Isabel GrinGrin
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
29 Sep 2017 12:34PM
RAW seems intimidating at first - but try it, play with it, and then enjoy the extra control that it gives when you need it (I work wiht the JPGs my camera gives when I can, and use the RAW versions when I need to tweak a little bit more than they allow. Occasionally, shooting in RAW first off is simply the only way to get there: the rest of the time - unless you are a perfectionist - it can be a safety net.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2017 5:38PM
I did a modification yesterday, Jeff, but didn't get around to uploading it, so here it is.
I used your original, cropped and adjusted, removed lots of dust bunnies and softened the sky.


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