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How can this be improved?? No cropping done, and LR Auto + tweaking..
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy



Polperro inner harbour


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Cropped a bit...Is it too contrasty??
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

I think they are lovely shots Mark, beautiful scenes both of them but yes they do appear a bit contrasty. Mind you I'm a bit prone to doing that too. Must get round to recalibrating my monitor again.
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

It's a lovely scene but would probably look better if photographed earlier or later in the day. However, this is not always possible and it is still a nice shot.
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

Hi Mark, as this is LFI I'm being picky

I've marked up 2 places where I think some healing has been done, but looks odd and the lady on the left is IMO a bit distracting as she's neither in or our of the picture



I tried a very quick edit if you don't mind - I also cropped a bit of foreground off as I thought it balanced it a bit



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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

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I think they are lovely shots Mark, beautiful scenes both of them but yes they do appear a bit contrasty. Mind you I'm a bit prone to doing that too. Must get round to recalibrating my monitor again.
Thanks Phill. I do for some unknown reason make my photos a bit contrasty. Not sure if its my screen or what. I use a fairly old Dell Latitude E6430, so wonder whether the screen is the best...………….

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It's a lovely scene but would probably look better if photographed earlier or later in the day. However, this is not always possible and it is still a nice shot.
Thanks John. Yes the time of day could make them better, but as you say I was there when I was. In real time the viz was superb, but I was unsure how to get the best out of it...……….

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Hi Mark, as this is LFI I'm being picky

I've marked up 2 places where I think some healing has been done, but looks odd and the lady on the left is IMO a bit distracting as she's neither in or our of the picture

I tried a very quick edit if you don't mind - I also cropped a bit of foreground off as I thought it balanced it a bit

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Thanks Andy, yes I removed three o/h wires...…...and agree the red jumper is distracting. Thanks for your input....and I certainly do not mind your edits. Very helpful...
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

Nice shot. My preference would be to give the tone curve a smidge of a lift in the centre and a smidge and a half a quarter of the way up the slope just to lift the brightness of the scene - but I do like to feel the sun beating down in these kind of shots. I like Andy's crop. What does it look like when the tide is in?
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

I would have left the lady in. Yes the red coat is distracting but it also questions the mind. Why is she seated there? Does she own one of them boats and is waiting for the waters to come in? Leaves a human element in the photo.
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Yes I see what you mean. It does add a bit of human interest.. thanks
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

Just wondering, what's that 2 "distraction" in the sky that needs correction? Can't be dirt on the sensor.
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

Not dirt Henry, they were three telephone wires overhead. I made a clumsy removal of two of them. Not quite sure why they blurred at the end. Must look up clone and healing again....
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

You did a great job removing them. Couldn't tell there were wires above.
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

I like high-contrast images, which really suggest sunny days! May I suggest that you try increasing the yellow saturation, which adds more sense of warm sunshine:




Never trust 'healing tools'! I use the basic clone tool, always viewing at 1:1 size and working round edges very carefully. There are no short cuts when re-touching.


I like to explore overviews, like yours, to find 'vignettes' within the picture. I like Blu-by-u's suggestion - taken up in my crop.


Hurry up - tide ....


Of course it is better to look for these things while there and frame accordingly with the camera
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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

Thanks Mike, the addition of a bit more sunshine yellow really helps...

Not sure about the 2nd edit, that boat looks a bit soft to me. Hope that was not in the original photo...……...



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Re: Polperro chocolate boxy

My example was, of course, a crop of an already reduced image, so very blurry pixels.
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