Grace Lee  


Surfer Baby by Grace Lee

September 2020 - Surfer Baby

About the Image(s)

This black /white was original from a colour photo. I just finish the work for it. I used a lot in camera raw, brush, reduce white... but it looks still too bright....I wish to get your advises. Thanks All! I am in Sydney work without my laptop with me for 3 days, lucky I found it on my iPhone.


15 comments posted




Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Excellen composition! Lovely action! The girl is properly exposed. Your worry is about the brightness of the wave, the board and the hand. Sometimes I have made two copies of an image in ACR or Lightroom. One is part of the image that is properly exposed and another is a part adjusted to be properly exposed. Then I combine them into layers in a single image in PhotoShop. Then by erasing parts of the top layer, the image is all properly exposed. If your photo was taken in RAW, there is a possibility of correction of the bright spots.   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:06:35
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you Barbara! Thanks for your smart idea and advices! i will try your suggestions.   Posted: 09/15/2020 07:57:12



Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
Bravo! Great exposure, composition, and subject. You also caught the critical moment.   Posted: 09/11/2020 10:13:37
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you like it!   Posted: 09/15/2020 07:59:35



Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Great action capture right on the moment. I don't have a problem bright white. You can try to reduce your whites and highlights in Lightroom.   Posted: 09/11/2020 15:47:27
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you for your suggestions! will definitely try again. i have take surfing 🏄‍™️ 🏄‍™️ competition photos since 2017 when i start hold cameras:) i think that i have taken over 10,000 photos now, but honestly i can't find time to look all photos in detail.... should find more good action capture.   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:04:17



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
You captured a right moment with clear surfer face expression. Your question " it looks still too bright". I have Checked in your image and found few spots, the white tonal values are very close to clipping value. As you can see in attached copy, the tonal values are 243,244,253,255. The Surfer body white tone are 211, 240 ... All these spots are not clipping yet, That means you still can fix it. To fix these too bright spots just reduce "Highlight" value in Camera Raw. Couple very small spots are clipping at 255, we can't do any thing, because there is no data/information. We can ignored or paint it.
If you want to fix more accurate, I would use layer mask to adjust these too bright spots one by one.   Posted: 09/16/2020 18:19:05
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Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you Tony so much!!! I will follow your instruction to brush it ! I actually did one by one spot, but I don't know how to read your photo.
  Posted: 09/26/2020 08:19:53



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Very impactful and timed image, Grace. The artistically shaped spray pattern surrounding the surfer is superb and several leading lines adds. Well done.   Posted: 09/20/2020 16:23:15
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you! it's real waves no edit¼but it was choose from thousands of similar photos:))   Posted: 09/26/2020 08:22:44



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Really super image of the surfer and the wave. Caught at the perfect moment. And Tony, thanks for what you did with the image and your excellent explanation.   Posted: 09/21/2020 13:39:08



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Wow. Talk about capturing the critical moment. Your timing is impeccable. I don't have a problem with the whites either, I think the brightness gives the image a sense of realism and adds value to it.   Posted: 09/27/2020 09:53:21
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Thank you Paul. Looking forward for next month challenges!
  Posted: 09/27/2020 15:07:54



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
I did more in Camera Raw, here is the vision. Thanks everyone!   Posted: 09/27/2020 15:09:57



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
  Posted: 09/27/2020 15:11:25
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