What was used Camera Nikon D800E & 24-70mm f/2.8 lens Exposure 60secs @ f/14, ISO 100 Software Photoshop
This image was taken at Kimmeridge Bay, which is one of the best stretches of coastline in Dorset. I used an ND filter to get a long exposure of 60secs.
Matt says Tony has gotten so much right here, but there’s a central flaw in the processing. The location is superb and, despite the skewiff lead-in that takes the eye out to sea rather than to Clavell Tower, and the horizon slipping off the level, the composition is grand, with the slick rocks reflecting the evening colour and anchoring the scene. Tony’s timing is excellent, too and there’s no landscape snapper who wouldn’t lap up that sunset glow. Tony has used a long exposure of 60secs and that’s smoothed out the water in the bay as well as adding movement to clouds. Altogether it makes for a pleasingly restful scene. That is, until you look closely.
Zoom in on the details (see panel, right) and you’ll see that there’s lots of break up in the tones, some of which look to have inverted while whole areas, particularly the reds on the headland, have blocked out, losing detail entirely. It’s tough to know how Tony’s pic came to look this way, but my best bet is that he’s working on an uncalibrated monitor so the colours probably look fine on his screen, but start to look unnatural on others. It’s possible he’s simply pushed things too far in processing on purpose, but with the rest of the landscape elements so attractive that seems unlikely.
Fortunately, all Tony needs to do is properly calibrate his screen using either software or some calibration hardware, and then go back to the original RAW file for another go. Not having access to the original, I went for monochrome as removing the colour hides a multitude of sins, and the subject here suits a black and white treatment really well.
I then used the Dodge tool to give a milky tone to the water and added some film grain to further mask the broken-up areas. But what I really want to see is Tony’s properly edited shot, because I think it will be a stunner.
“THE SUBJECT HERE SUITS A BLACK AND WHITE TREATMENT REALLY WELL”
After The best course of action for Tony would be to calibrate his screen and re-edit the original RAW file, but a mono conversion can hide some of the problems, too.