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Apr 15, 2012 23:27 |  #1

I finally got some 6x4" filters to play with :)

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I would like to know what you think of the polarised sky in this wide shot? It is a bit un-even..


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Apr 16, 2012 01:15 |  #2

I like the idea and the beach line leading to the corner. My big knock on this would be the gray cloud in the top part. There's just not much shape there and the color doesn't help either. Timing could of been against you.


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Apr 16, 2012 23:48 |  #3

Thanks for the critique. Im sure I could take that cloud out but it would take some time!

Any other comments? Is the un even sky a deal breaker?


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Apr 17, 2012 03:45 |  #4

Brighten and/or whiten the aforementioned cloud. Then try adding a graduated filter from top left towards center of the horizon to even out the sky a bit. I'd also crop away some of the sand in the foreground.

Overall, excellent shot. Wish I was sitting on that beach right now.


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Apr 17, 2012 08:05 |  #5

Mannetti will try all of your suggestions thank you very much. I have actually cropped quite a bit of sand out already - I tried the rule of thirds and it seemed to work well but I will try cropping some more and see how it looks. Thanks


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Apr 17, 2012 14:47 |  #6

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Mannetti will try all of your suggestions thank you very much. I have actually cropped quite a bit of sand out already - I tried the rule of thirds and it seemed to work well but I will try cropping some more and see how it looks. Thanks

Scratch my suggestion on the crop, after a second glance, I think the color of the sand was blending closely with the surround forum background/border, making my perceive the foreground as extending further down a bit. I think you have it right the way it is.


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Apr 17, 2012 19:30 |  #7

mannetti21 wrote in post #14282042 (external link)
Scratch my suggestion on the crop, after a second glance, I think the color of the sand was blending closely with the surround forum background/border, making my perceive the foreground as extending further down a bit. I think you have it right the way it is.

No worries ;) I spent quite a bit of time on it last night. The edit that I posted is pretty rough close up because I did a 1 minute magic wand selection of the sky and buildings. I'm looking forward to finishing it tonight :)


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Apr 17, 2012 20:06 as a reply to  @ mattmorgan44's post |  #8

Agree the crop is fine...

I'd work with the sky to see if you can even it up any.

Top spot. I run along the Esplanade there once a week, and use the beach shower opposite Focus once I've had a post-run swim! :D


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Apr 17, 2012 21:38 |  #9

Nice! I would love to leave near main beach :) i am only 15 minutes away :lol: but it would be nice to walk outside and be that close to the beach!

Thanks for the suggestion I will try the gradient later as Mannetti suggested.


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Apr 18, 2012 02:06 |  #10

Man this is good, however with this crop it seems like a miniature city to me. Kind of cool. Cropped in it had a different feel. Good different image though


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Apr 18, 2012 23:30 |  #11

Buildings are mildly tilted to the right. Could be corrected in Photoshop


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Apr 19, 2012 02:25 |  #12

mannetti21 wrote in post #14290551 (external link)
Buildings are mildly tilted to the right. Could be corrected in Photoshop

Looks like a left tilt to me.


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Apr 19, 2012 02:46 |  #13

Your eyes are playing tricks on you all lol, that is one thing I checked before posting and I'm pretty sure they are straight :D

Will post the final edit soon!

Edit: Qbx, it looks like a left tilt to me to, but I'm pretty sure they are straight. So interesting question, should I give them a right tilt if that's what it takes to make them look straight to the majority of people?!


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Apr 19, 2012 08:47 |  #14

I guess my eyes are playing tricks on me or maybe your photo is - you are correct there is no tilt.


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Apr 19, 2012 09:29 |  #15

Wrong terminology...The large building looks "skewed" to the right, I'm guessing due to barrel distortion, which again can be fixed in Photoshop.

Or maybe my eyes are skewed to the left.


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