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Here Comes Summer

By tiff
Taken on the beach in St Andrews Scotland.My Niece and her husband.

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cats_123 Plus
19 5.1k 31 Northern Ireland
12 Nov 2016 3:29PM
Full of fun 😁
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.7k 2575 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2016 3:34PM
Hi Carla, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You've been on the site for quite a long time, I think this is the first time you have ticked the Critique box - I wonder if you intended to? By doing so you disable votes and awards, in the hope of more in-depth commenting and advice.

This is terrific fun, perfectly timed and well taken. It's what summer holiday pictures should be - capture the moment. Main plus points - focus is spot on and the shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the action, and the splash. I'd go for 1/500 second here if you want totally sharp, there's a bit of movement in the man's right foot, but that's not necessarily a negative point. I'm not sure how you set the camera, I would use shutter speed priority in a situation like this.

Only one quibble - it needs a slight anti-clockwise rotation to level the sea horizon. The one thing that never slopes is a water level! For any such image, it's a good idea to make a check against the grid a routine part of your editing workflow.

The man's face is in shadow - unavoidable really, but it is possible to very gently lift shadows with most software.

By ticking for Critique you also enable Modifications. I shall go and make a few tweaks, and upload the result. It will appear in due course under the blue Modifications button, click on the number to view.

Get this level then upload it again without ticking for Critique - it would do well in the main gallery.

Meanwhile if you have any questions the CG is the place to ask.

banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
12 Nov 2016 4:16PM
Hi Carla.

This is a well timed shot, lots of fun and action that really captures the moment.

Moira has covered it all above.

I wanted to show something you can also do for fun, and thats to make the horizon tilt appear deliberate. Probable better to level it, but its an alternate approach.


paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2016 5:11PM
Level for me although I had hardly noticed. Very good indeed. Not much to improve. Good camera skills in every department and a strong image. Might just crop in each side a bit moving the figures also slightly off centre to the left. Nothing says you need to stick to normal frame shapes.

Robert51 14 11 134 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2016 8:38AM
What a great shot that really captures the fun.

The mod I have straightened and cropped a little. I then gave the image a little clarity adjustment to make those clouds pop. Hope you like it.


I do hope this was a little time ago as it a little cold for this now Grin
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1975 England
13 Nov 2016 1:39PM
And welcome from me, too, Carla.

Not much to add: this is a shot that is timeless: I can imagine a black-and-white version gracing magazines in the Sixties, and it has lost none of its charm today. Exuberant and happy, and technically superb in almost every respect.

The tilt is a problem, easily sorted: and much concealed by the off-square jump! Willie's further tilt works, too - make the horizon level, or angle it so much it's obviously intentional.

You've got a very warm colour balance, and that's fine: when I started processing my own pictures, Ektachrome-X film was prized for exactly this sort of balance - great for flattering skin tones with a slight tan built in!

The one (slight) reservation I have is about the sharpening: to my eyes, a fraction more than was needed, giving a slightly wiry look. Looking through your portfolio, you obviosly like a fraction more sharpening than I do: try slightly softer settings, and see if you prefer the look, if you haven't tried this in the past. If you still like more, stick with it - but it's worth the experiment.

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