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12th November 2008, 12:08 AM
I would like some comments on if the sand is too dark, if the image has enough going to keep your interest and the slightly out of focus area at the lower right (it is in focus, it's just the sand pattern that makes it look this way) Thanks

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/670/SandShadowFace.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/9862)

Nick Temple-Fry
12th November 2008, 12:37 AM
Well spotted - and I enjoy the pattern/shape and texture.

I don't think the sand is too dark - far from it, but I do think it needs a spot more pp (though with this kind of image it is very subjective).

A quick play in the GIMP suggests that lowering the overall brightness and upping the contrast gives the sand a more pleasing hue, improves the grittiness (and sorts out the lower rhs) and gives the relief more punch. Combining that back at about 50% soft light.

There is a monotone image here too, I've tried decomposing to layers, losing the green layer totally and mixing the red back at 50% soft light.

Great fun - I'm about 50 miles from a beach, struggling to find images in the local mud - so I'm a bit envious.

But - it's a nice image as it is.


12th November 2008, 06:56 AM
Hi Danny,

A very interesting subject with great lighting effects. The wind is a great sculptor. I wonder what a treatment with HDR would bring to this. Unlike Nick, I am no expert in PP but the ridging and shapes IMHO would lend itself to that sort of treatment and add a further dimension. Thanks for posting this. Gives one ideas to try.......



13th November 2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the idea's Nick. I've not tried the decomposing function, and will give it a shot.