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By wm
This section of rock was next to Skalkaho Falls and stood out from everything around it with its texture, saturation and color. It had been raining and the rock really jumped out at me. I was trying to capture the deep rich colors that looked so impressive at the time. I exposed almost two stops to the right and then brought it back in Lightroom.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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biglog 5 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 8:27PM
Hi ,sometimes the camera doesnt always capture things the way you see them such as colour and texture,i think that might have happened here as in my opinion, image lacks a little colour and texture.In the mod i have done i really boosted the colours and contrast maybe to much for some.Also cloned and copyed abit more vegetation into image.Put a frame around it and dodged and burned to try to add more texture.I know the effect is quite strong but personally i like sat images ,hope you like.


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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 9:28AM
I'm sure this looked great to the eye, but the camera has failed to show that and you just have a mass of similar tone with no direct subject as such. Not sure how you can improve it.

ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Jun 2013 9:37AM
Hi you haven't given any camera information regarding aperture, exposure, etc. I suspect you took this on automatic and unfortunately what happens is the camera tries to balance everything to a midtone of grey (even in colour images) and this has resulted in a pale low contrast image. I have loaded a mod which I have processed and i will explain how \I achieved the final result. I began by checking the histogram of the original image and moving the sliders for highlight and shadow to the edges.

I then created a duplicate layer and converted to B+W, this makes getting the dark tones of the image easier by adjusting the middle slider to the right and will be used to contrast the overall image in the next step.

I then combine the layers with multiply which creates a dark more contrasty image, I return to levels and adjust the middle slider to the left slightly to increase the highlights.

Finally I increased the saturation of the greens and yellows individually to balance the plants to the rock.

An easier way to do this is checking the image as you take it and then manually moving the exposure down by 1/2 to 1 stop to increase the contrast of the shadow areas.

I can understand why you took this image as its very unusual however you must take time and examine you image to ensure you have the shot you want.

Let me know what you think.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 6:48PM
Sometimes we discover natural patterns in such things as tree bark, wood grain, rock formations, stones, etc., William, and cannot resist trying to capture their natural beauty. Such things often look good as abstracts, with concentration on the patterns, shapes, lines, colours and texture. With an abstract, it isn't always necessary for the viewer to know what the object is, but a photo title can tell the viewer that, if it's your desire for them to know.
With this section of rock, I would suggest going in closer, not including any foliage, concerning yourself with portraying the beauty of the patterns formed.
Unfortunately, the image doesn't convey the idea of the rock being wet, but I have no doubt that it would not have looked so good when dry. To the viewer, it could simply be shiny, as some rock is. We all know that pebbles on the beach are far more eye-catching when washed over by a wave, and this is true of many stones and rocks. The image would benefit from a bit more light to make the wetness sparkle, or even a touch of flash, at the time of shooting.
In my modfication I did a drastic crop, showing rock only, and using a square format, with a slight Levels adjustment and a bit of sharpening.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:20PM
The camera sees very differently from the human eye and brain. When we look at a view, so many factors influence our reaction - the feel of the air, the breeze; warmth on our faces, the sounds of flowing water or of bird song. We can also move around, admire different angles.
The camera needs something that sits within a fixed, static rectangular frame, and works in isolation as a picture. That's a very different matter.
Pamela's Mod works best for me here. A square crop suits this sort of natural abstract subject. Landscape and portrait direct the eye to travel in a certain direction - across the frame or up and down; square doesn't create any guidelines so the eye is free to explore, to bounce around the frame.
It's an image where I would want to add a lot of contrast and use the Burn tool, to emphasise those lines and textures. I shall have a go. But without any recognisable features it struggles - it needs a focal point to detain the eye.
I'll have a go at a Mod, similar in principle to Pamela's but using the reverse-L-shape of foliage bottom right. You can view the Mods by clicking on the Modifications button under your upload, then on the thumbnails.
wm 7 United States
18 Jun 2013 1:15AM
Thank you all for taking the time to help. I think I understand the overall concept better, which should help me at the time of the shot next go around. I like the square format, it definitally keeps my eye from wandering around aimlessly. I'll play with the processing suggestions and see if I can't create something more appealing.

Thanks again,

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