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Mar 11, 2015 00:58 |  #1

I took this in Santa Cruz by metering off the sky then reframe to take advantage of the backlight


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Mar 11, 2015 07:08 |  #2

That's cool. Reminds me of the Endless Summer poster.


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Mar 11, 2015 14:40 as a reply to  @ saea501's post |  #3

Thanks, the waves were big and a lot of the focus was (rightly so) on the surfers. I step back from the railing to look at some of the photos I had taken when I notice people walking towards the water and snapped a number of these shots--this one looked the best.


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Mar 12, 2015 00:25 |  #4

Nice shot. Any chance you could straighten the horizon? It caught my eye immediately.

Is that a B&W conversion? Some atmospheric colour (late afternoon/golden hour) would look lovely. Cliched, maybe, but very nostalgic . . .


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Mar 12, 2015 18:27 as a reply to  @ dodgyexposure's post |  #5

Thanks Damien...

good suggestion on horizon--can't believe I missed that.:rolleyes:

no B/W conversion; it was later in the day. I am making the conversion from Aperture to Lightroom 5. I am also looking to improve my post processing so I will play with color and see how it looks. My initial thought is to add a little warmth to the sky

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Mar 13, 2015 09:53 |  #6

Nice shot, I like it. Reminds me of surfing with my dad for many years. Makes me want to be someplace warm, by the ocean.

Other than the horizon, I would suggest cropping out some of the foreground.

Thanks for sharing!

(edit) hard to be sure without seeing full size, but it looks like there could be some CA around the surfer's face (right surfer)?


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Mar 15, 2015 23:10 |  #7

I corrected the horizon line (still can't believe I missed something so obvious);

Brandon, I zoomed in and notice CA around both surfers which was easily removed with Lightroom 5 CA tool. First go around with LR 5 and lens correction tool--pretty cool

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Mar 15, 2015 23:13 as a reply to  @ bpietrzak's post |  #8

as far as atmospheric color, I need to play with that one as I am still getting by bearings with LR5 (from Aperture)


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Mar 15, 2015 23:33 |  #9

2 edit with warmth


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Mar 15, 2015 23:40 |  #10

I lke that background better for atmosphere, but your silhouettes have now gone grey. Try lowering your black point to get them a bit darker.


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Mar 16, 2015 01:09 |  #11

Nice job Brad, your edits look good!

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I lke that background better for atmosphere, but your silhouettes have now gone grey. Try lowering your black point to get them a bit darker.

I agree with dodgy here, color is great but I'd like to see black silhouettes.


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Mar 16, 2015 23:51 |  #12

ok, here we go with blacker silhouettes. I also applied the same edits to a portrait of a single surfer.


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