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The Old Head
The Old Head

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Old Head Kinsale, Ireland
Date: Feb 14, 2010
Aperture: f20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 13 seconds
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2010

This was taken on the western side of the Old Head at kinsale,
I was trying out the lee nd grad filters that I just got. I am not sure but think may have put the filter too low for the horizon. Did not do much to the image just
nd grad and nd filter to extend the exposure

Dust removal
leveled the horizon
a little sharpening
and added a little contrast

sorry if this is posted a second time but the first time I tried it did not appear to upload the image.

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03/12/2010 09:35:38 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Artistically this is a very pleasing shot, with the curving coastline, sunset and horizon relatively high. I like the softness of the water contrasting with the edges of the cliffs. Technically there is little wrong with it, your settings are perfect for a landscape/seascape, and indicate use of a tripod, all in your favour. The ambient light is lovely and soft.

The only thing truly missing from this picture is the WOW! factor. I hate to pimp more usage of pp, but in this case I think a big old hit of contrast and saturation could have done wonders. Also, assuming that you listed your pp steps in the order that you did them, it's better to do your pp first, then resize, then sharpen, and save for web.

As a final nitpick I would have gone for either a lower or higher POV to add drama to the scene. Quite a few landscape/seascape shots like this win Free Studies, so I would advise looking at past FS winners and see what it was that gave them that edge. Yes, pp may be part of it, but you still need to start with a good photo.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/03/2010 12:24:56 PM
this is a very beautiful shot...but the haziness really detracts from it...I'm wondering if a gradient map could have helped that out???

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