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the four masters

By tullyhogueurker
taken from the four masters bridge in donegal of the salmon leap i tried to capture the colours of the woodland contrasting against the river unfortunately the day was a little overcast getting no reflection on the river

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Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 11:13PM
Since this is a Donegal image, I've done a modification albeit a bit of an extreme crop.
I thought the interest lay in the man fishing, so cropped in to an envelope shape
to concentrate on him and the rocks in centre of river.
I tweaked the levels and contrast, the add some vibrancy rather than over saturate the colours.
a bit of sharpening and hopefully you'll see a bit more contrast in the trees.
The wires at the top and sky weren't really add anything of interest -hence the decision to crop.
We can never improve the weather unfortunately on the day, but if you can get back to this scene
when there are some autumn colours and hopefully find a suitable subject to focus on (another fisherman!)
you'll probably capture an image with more impact.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4176 Canada
20 Sep 2012 12:40AM
This is how I remember Donegal. Dull and miserable. But your shot makes it look a little more dull that it is due to an underexposed foreground. A bright sky can fool the cameras metering system into underexposing.

If you take a look at the "white water" tumbling over the stones in the middle, you can imagine at least some of this water woud be white, and as it is, its all grey and darker.

You didnt need to go lower than f/11 with 32mm for depth of field, and the resulting shot would have been a little sharper. Allowing a +1/3 or 2/3 exposure compensation would also help.

Ive uploaded a cropped mod, a different approach to Kate.

Hope this helps,


Davesumner 13 28 300 Australia
20 Sep 2012 4:58AM
Hi Gerry,

I like your idea and as Willie and Kate have said it isn't the best light and your camera was fooled a little. Below the rocks in the water there isn't much interest apart from the water itself so i would tend to agree with Kate and crop that off and a fair bit of the right side of the image. The problem with the image is the water as any sharpening or work is going to make it look over processed and water to me doesn't really need any sharpening. I think if i had a chance at a shot like this I would have zoomed in a bit closer to get more of the fisherman.

I have had a go at a mod myself and i was right, sharpening just kills the image. Anyway, I cropped the right side and bottom off the image to put more emphasis on the fisherman and the rocks in the water. I then cloned out the power lines and telegraph pole. I used fill light in ACR to lighten the shadows and then finished them off with the dodge and burn tools. I added some colour to all but the yellow and used the high pass filter to sharpen but backed this off to 50% after sharpening. I then used a mask to remove the hsarpening from the water.

hope this helps

Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:56AM
Good advice there and certainly unable to improve those mods for you
the last one being in my mind the better
you have done well
Focus_Man 10 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:45AM
Nice if not rather dull image, difficult under the circumstances. I too have uploaded a mod where I have attempted to place the weir around 1/3 the way up the image and have brightened and sharpened it a little. I also removed the overhead cables and the telegraph lines and poles. Some people like to leave everything in place just because it was there, but I don't follow that, I use a little bit of artistic licence and "get shut."

paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:44PM
Full of potential but the problems have been identified. You must clone out those wires, easy to do.


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