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Near St. Abbs Head

By WeeGeordieLass    
This is a scan of a slide I took in 1998. Santa brought me Elements 10, so I've had a try at editing the original image. I used the Spot Healer to clean up the sky and used the crop tool. The image was taken in portrait mode and I can remember at the time thinking that it would be the best orientation, as it would emphasise the way the white waves seem to echo the shapes of the cliffs jutting out into the sea. I think this crop, making it more of a square image, is better though. I'd be grateful to know if anyone agrees! Also I'm not sure if it's a bit underexposed. I'd be glad of your comments/mods.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2011 6:47PM
Quite nice, but it is a little heavy and contrasty. You don't tell us the original film - looks a bit Kodak to me with a slight blue cast, but the scanning process is critical in getting first rate results. (I've scanned thousands). Assumer it is a 35mm original - for some reason, medium and large format scan much better with minimal trouble - and the biggest problem with scanning 35mm is contrast control. Best to kep it down and increase later in software if necessary, then you get a full range of tones and more shadow detail without burning out highlights.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
27 Dec 2011 4:48PM
Thats nice Christmas present. I would listen to Paul on the scanner approach, hes a lot of experience.

Just viewing the image, I can see theres a lot of contrast, and the slight blue tone is most visible in the white wave caps.

I reduced the blue tone, and decreased contrast in the mod. I also sharpened, as this look a little soft. Theres also a black line down the left that might be a scanner shadow, - which I removed in the mod. You can do all of this in Elements 10.

Hope this helps,


27 Dec 2011 8:05PM
Hi Paul & Willie,

Thanks so much for your comments. I'm going to buy my own scanner so the advice there will be very useful Paul.

Thanks for your mod Willie, I compared your image with mine side by side and realised how "hard" my image looked. I hope to recognise when my images are too contrasty in future, and correct this in Elements.

The slide is 35mm Fuji Velvia.

I need to train my eye to recognise casts in images cos I just can't see the blue cast.

Cheers your advice is much appreciated I'm learning loads.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2011 10:50PM
I looked at this yesterday, Elaine, but had nothing to say that hadn't already been said, so will just say how well you have composed this. I do like the format you have chosen. I, too, used to miss colour casts and began to recognise them when I looked at a row of thumbnails of my own pictures, then it stands out a mile. You will eventually start to recognise them. Also, I have found that by using Smart Photo Fix in PaintshopPro, it adjusts the colour and I can then see the change immediately. There is a lot to be said for these quick fixes. You don't have to accept what they do, but they show you possible adjustments, and you can take your pick.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
28 Dec 2011 6:02PM
You can use Photoshop to measure a colour cast Elaine.

Use the colour dropper tool, and place it on a spot you know should be white (or black), - in this case the caps of the waves; the dropper will give you a reading of values for R, G and B, which should all be equal, such as 250, 250, 250.

When theres a blue cast, you may see 240, 240, 255 as an example.

Heres a link for a way to remove colour casts:


29 Dec 2011 7:24PM
Thanks Pamelajean and Willie.

I've been playing around with thumbnails and yes.....I can actually see the blue cast in my image. I tried the quick fix in Elements as you suggested Pamelajean and it's great that you can see the difference immediately.

Thanks for the link Willie I'm going to give it a try.



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