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Rock and sky mono

Here's another one to ponder.


The geology of Croyde Bay is a bit of a photographer's gift. The weather was changeable when we were there so i opted for the 9mm approach to emphasise the land and sky thing..

Don't know what you think of this one



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Re: Rock and sky mono

Usually not to keen on B&W but this works well and draws the eye to the island I would maybe lighten it a bit?.
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Re: Rock and sky mono

I see what you mean about the geology, I like it a lot
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Re: Rock and sky mono

Super image. I really like the cloud formations.
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Re: Rock and sky mono

This definitely works for me. Personally I prefer it with the top third cropped out, to lose the clear sky.
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Re: Rock and sky mono

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This definitely works for me. Personally I prefer it with the top third cropped out, to lose the clear sky.
Yes, I agree - if I print this it will probably get cropped...
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Re: Rock and sky mono

I agree with the crop too. Didn't notice the island so not sure it focusses my eyes on it . But I do like the wide angle shot.
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Re: Rock and sky mono

The burned out sky spoils it for me but cropping this and a bit of work could produce a more dramatic effect. I could post a quick edit if you like?
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The burned out sky spoils it for me but cropping this and a bit of work could produce a more dramatic effect. I could post a quick edit if you like?

Yes please :-) The original is at home so I can't tweak it at present...

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Re: Rock and sky mono

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Here's another one to ponder.


The geology of Croyde Bay is a bit of a photographer's gift. The weather was changeable when we were there so i opted for the 9mm approach to emphasise the land and sky thing..

Don't know what you think of this one



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It definatly has potential Pete.

A few adjustments in LR for your consideration.

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Re: Rock and sky mono

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Yes please :-) The original is at home so I can't tweak it at present...

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I cropped it square, brightened the bottom to bring out more detail in the rocks and played with the contrast to develop the clouds and burned out the top corners vignette style. The clouds especially top left still aren't right of course but I'm just trying to show how with a little effort you can improve the drama of the shot. You could improve the foreground too with a little more time.

The square crop more or less puts the lead in focus of the rocks on the vertical and horizontal thirds, which (I hope!) helps the composition.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Rock and sky mono

I like the way both of those crops have dealt with the sky.. what approach did you both use to darken it?

I now wish I had taken a bracketed series at the time to allow a HDR approach.
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I like the way both of those crops have dealt with the sky.. what approach did you both use to darken it?

I now wish I had taken a bracketed series at the time to allow a HDR approach.
I just used the Burn tool in PSE set to 10% exposure and brushed over the relevant parts of the image several times with a fairly large brush. Nothing too fancy.
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