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By WeeGeordieLass    
I'm stuck in bed at the moment after an operation - thank goodness for EPZ to relieve the boredom!!

Great time to look back at the shots I've taken over the last couple of months.

I had originally decided this shot was for the bin - but looking at it again I think it may have something, and I'd love to have your opinions, comments and help for improvement.

It was a grab shot whilst I was walking on St. Anne's Beach. I've adjusted levels, cropped and used the burn tool to add a bit more drama. I'm not sure if the sun reflection is too bright - I tried to tone it down a bit in Elements but without success!

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
15 Feb 2012 11:43AM
Hi Elaine,
Sorry to hear you're laid up although, in reality, the weather's been so c****y of late that you haven't missed much in the way of opportunity. I'm doing a "Photo 366" project and finding a shot every day has been hard work.
Anyway, your shot!
I reckon personally, that this is going to be a "Marmite" job. Either you'll like it, or hate it!
For myself, I like it, You've captured the essence of the dog's ability to run free and there are no humans near to him to spoil that illusion.
I also like the sparseness of the colour.
The feeling of open space is more than evident, that background rolls away for what seems like miles.
The biggest downside to it is, as you already know,the burned out sunset.
If it was just a large white ball, then I'd have to think about removing it or trying a few alternative crops but as it is, with a few people upon it and one of them is obviously moving, I think that you'll get away with it.
Even if the inclusion of those people was a coincidence, claim it was intentional!
The only thing that I would certainly do would be to crop a bit from the left. About half of the space between the dog and the edge.
As I've said, I'd expect opinion to be divided over this and I could be the only person that likes it!
Not one that I'd hang on my wall but it would look good as a desktop.

Hope this helps (and brightens up your probably seemingly endless day),


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15 Feb 2012 12:17PM
Hi Bren,

Thanks for your advice - it's great to have contact with the outside world again!! It'll probably be a couple of weeks before I can venture outdoors - I'm such a busy person, this inactivity is driving me mad already! A couple of months off work can't be too bad though!

I'll check out your Photo 366 shots every day - I'm sure your creative juices will be flowing.

Thanks for mentioning the good points of the shot. When I look at the image I feel pleased that the dog seems to be escaping from his owners, albeit for a short time.

I agree with you that there's a little too much space on the left hand side.

Looking forward to checking out your uploads every day.

Happy Shooting

mhfore 11 6 176 England
15 Feb 2012 1:49PM
Hi Elaine,

All good advice from Bren and i'm sure you will get more before the end of the day, at least then tomorrow while laid-up in bed you'll have plenty to think about. I think it's a good concept with the dog running free but I would like to see a bit more space for it to run into, albeit, as you say, for a short time. Basicaly all I've done in my take is crop a bit from the left add a bit to the sky and to the right.

Hope your up and about soon.

15 Feb 2012 2:03PM
Thanks for your good wishes Martin,

Your crop looks a lot better.

I hadn't thought of adding more space to the right hand side - but it makes a big difference.

Thanks, this is a good tip I can use in future.


15 Feb 2012 5:33PM
Thanks for the Mod Frank. I like the diagonal balance between the dog and the people - it's good to look at.

Thanks for your good wishes..........trying not to be too hard on the husband - those stairs are steep!!! (he's doing a good job).

15 Feb 2012 5:36PM
Hi Roger, I like the frame in your Mod. It finishes off the image very nicely.

I've never tried adding frames to any of my images but certainly will now.

Thanks for your suggestion and introducing me to another digital imaging subject to learn.


lfc1892 6 3
15 Feb 2012 10:38PM
It's an interesting shot, but the issue for me is that the people in the distance look almost too sharp! They look photoshopped in almost and they seem a little large for how far they are away. It's no doubt just an illusion/trick of perspective, but it's one that distracts me. Sorry.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 12:44AM
Sorry to hear you are laid up, Elaine, but you have plenty of time to review your shotsWink.
I'm glad you didn't bin this one. It has a lot of potential.
You have already pointed out its major problem. My immediate reaction was to colour the picture, so I have uploaded two modifications with a crop and suggestions for the colours. You may prefer them lighter, brighter or otherwise. I used PaintshopPro, went to Hue/Saturation>Colorize and adjusted the sliders until I got the effect I wanted. I then used the paint brush and picked out the colour, then used a low opacity brush to go over the burnt out area, zooming in close to go around the figures with a smaller brush.
I notice that you enjoy yoga....I do, too.
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 8:08AM
Nothing worse than being house bound. I like the potential here a great deal - it is my kind of shot. However, you have no chance with the very bright highlight at this stage. Grab shot I know, but it needed some 3 stops less exposure to pull the bright area into some kind of control, the work in software. The dog and people would not have changed, they are already black.

Actually rather surprised a DSLR didn't expose less automatically - my Canon's would. I would have been at ISO200 (100 on a Canon) in those circumstances too.

16 Feb 2012 5:18PM
Hi Rick,

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts on my image, and please don't apologise for giving me your honest opinion - I like that!

Yes the people do look a bit surreal - as if they're part of a sci-fi scene - emerging from a different plane!!! - I think that's why I quite like the image.


16 Feb 2012 5:35PM
Namaste PamelaJean,

Great to meet another Yogini on EPZ. My asana practice will have to be curtailed for a few months SadSadSadSad due to abdominal surgery - my teacher said it'll be like starting again.........only with a lot more knowledge this time - I'm missing it already Tongue

Thanks for your mods and the details on how you achieved the results - this helps me a lot and I'll have a go at colorizing the image myself. I think I prefer your blue mod. I'm looking forward to trying various things based on everyones suggestions as I want to try and fix that sun burnout, cos every time I look at that dog for some reason it cheers me up!

Om Shanthi

16 Feb 2012 5:42PM
Hi Paul,

I hoped you would like the potential of the image - I remembered you said last time this simple kind of scene was your kind of shot.

When I can get up and about I'm going to visit that part of the beach again as there always seems to be some activity going on for potentially good shots.

I'll set my camera on the ISO you mentioned, and maybe I can catch a similar moment - but without the burnout.

Thanks for your help.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 7:32PM
Namaste, Elaine.
Getting better and back to fitness is important now, but I can understand that you will miss yoga classes. Mine was cancelled today because of half term.....grrrr. At my age, half term means nothing to me.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
16 Feb 2012 8:52PM

Quote:At my age, half term means nothing to me.

Not sure what age that might be Pamela and I'm not about to ask but at my age, a boyish fifty-something, half term means a week off.
I work in a school!

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