Sand and Sea

9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #153299 by LauraD
Any suggestions welcome


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9 years 3 months ago #153302 by MLKstudios
The sky is blown out in spots, and the sand is a wee bit dark. But still a nice feeling in the shot.

Do you have the original to post? We can see if the cause was exposure or conversion.

HTH :)

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9 years 3 months ago #153307 by photobod
just darken that sky a tad Laura and you will have a lovely shot :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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9 years 3 months ago #153313 by LauraD
C:\Users\Laura\Pictures\2011-09-29 Indiatlantic Beach\Sand and Sea original.jpg
This is the original converted from RAW and resized, no other post processing

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9 years 3 months ago #153314 by LauraD
This is the original converted from RAW and resized, no other post processing


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9 years 3 months ago #153316 by MLKstudios
Yes, you have details in the sky!

When converting to black and white, pay attention to two ends of the scale (watch the histogram if possible). Try to keep detail in the highlights AND in the shadows. The rest will fall into place.

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9 years 3 months ago #153321 by LauraD
Thank you for the suggestions .... I will see if I can re-work it a bit.

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9 years 3 months ago #153326 by rmeyer7
I definitely agree, you have a TON of detail to work with. You can do wonderful things with this photo!


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9 years 3 months ago #153335 by chasrich
I feel like I have subscribed to a soap opera... I can't wait for the next installment. :rofl:

I like the color one better than the conversion. Make sure you show us the final choices.

:judge: :thumbsup: :woohoo:

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9 years 3 months ago #153372 by KCook
I like the BW version. Agree with the others that the tones need fussing. I would also be tempted to crop a slice off the left end (not a whole lot).

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9 years 3 months ago #153383 by LauraD
Okay so I took it back to PS elements and re-worked it a bit. Unfortunately, I am not sure why but I was unable to get it back to the original RAW version and had to work with it as the JPEG version from above. Not sure why, guess I need to practice a little more PS elements. I may play around with the color version too, but I really like this in B&W and need the practice with b&w conversions.


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9 years 3 months ago #153386 by MLKstudios
No prob.

Have you ever used the Dodging and Burning tools?

Wait! Does Elements have Dodging and Burning tools?

:unsure:

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9 years 3 months ago #153390 by LauraD
They do, and I have played around with them a bit, but not with great results I think I need to practice a bit.

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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 3 months ago #153397 by MLKstudios
Good. Dodge lightens and Burn darkens. They come from the old darkroom days.

Make a big brush and Dodge the sand, then a smaller one for the log. Then maybe play a little in the sky. It might look good darker? Or maybe lighter?

:)

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9 years 3 months ago #153404 by rmeyer7
There are a couple of things that will probably make the dodge and burn tools work a little more like you want them to. First is something Matthew said, which is to use a large brush. If you use those tools with a brush that's too small for the area, you'll end up with something that looks streaky.

The other thing I'd recommend is to lower the exposure setting on the tools. That way it won't be so drastic of a change. You might find that you need a few passes to get the look you want in some areas, but that's better than one single pass that overdoes the effect.


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