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Challenge: Best of 2002 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
Date: Aug 27, 2002
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2006

Looking south along the coast near Big Sur, while in the middle of a trip with my mom and my son from Culver City to Oakland.

-Made graduated mask, roughly following coastline
-RGB Curve for masked sea/sky area
-RGB Curve for masked land area
-Green Channel curve
-Blue Channel Curve
-Selective Color: Increase Yellow/Decrease Magenta in Greens and Yellows
-Resize for DPC
-USM at 16%/64 dia/TH=0
-USM at 16%/64 dia/TH=0 (second application)
-USM at 88%/0.8dia/TH=5
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 7/10 = 130kb

Resized original: 318536.jpg

Statistics
Place: 83 out of 201
Avg (all users): 5.7937
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.3933
Avg (non-participants): 6.1500
Views since voting: 1914
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 189
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)


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08/06/2008 07:31:55 PM
gorgeous!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/15/2007 09:49:31 PM
Wow! Neat picture!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/12/2006 02:59:51 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi, Paul. Comparing with your original shot, the color correction was fairly well-done and in good taste. I especially like how you brought out the blues in the sky and the water; it's very vivid. I also enjoy the composition a lot...I don't often see a tall and narrow crop on a coastline shot like this, and it emphasizes the uneven, jagged edges very well. I especially like how the distant horizon fades into clouds and mist.

One thing I noticed first, though, is the greens of the treeline down the middle of the picture. Especially in the shadows, the colors feel kind of hazy and flat, and it makes your color-correction seem very evident at that specific point. Since there were no editting restrictions, I think just a tiny bit of burning on the shadows would have brought out a little more definition, and maybe also on the grass in the foreground as well.

I think it was a good choice for you not to burn the shoreline; the way it seems to just fade into the clouds at the point where it meets the water is quite nice, and gives it sort of an airy, almost dreamy feel. Though it may just be the way the fog builds on the water (it's less evident in your original shot since there isn't as much contrast in that area), the horizon seems a little bit crooked, and I think you could have rotated the image a little bit clockwise to straighten it out.

The title is somewhat on the bland side, in my opinion, but it's direct and doesn't really detract anyway.

Nice shot overall...makes me miss the ocean. It's been a while since I've seen one :o
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 01:13:15 AM
Originally posted by emayner:

A nice combination of seashore and clouds in the distance.

Thanks -- I almost tried to burn in the very far shoreline as it crosses the horizon, but I couldn't get a natural look.

Here's the original -- I'm especially happy that people think the colors are good, as color-correction is one of the things I have the most trouble with.

318536.jpg
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2006 11:21:27 AM
A nice combination of seashore and clouds in the distance.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/03/2006 05:47:48 AM
beautiful photo, looks like a painting
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 07:40:16 PM
Great shot of the coast. Nice colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 01:44:11 AM
This looks like a postcard. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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