Lauren Heerschap  

Black Sand Beach, Nik, Iceland by Lauren Heerschap

June 2020 - Black Sand Beach, Nik, Iceland

About the Image(s)

It is a sunrise. We were in iceland in March of 2017. This was shot at Iso 200, F22, 1.6 seconds.with an Olympus OMD 5 Mark 1 camera. I processed it in Lightroom and in On 1 special effects. The sun was naturally made by my lens setting at f22.

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11 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Great mood captured. I can feel and hear the water. There looks like a white outline around the rock. That's above my pay grade and if that's a challenge, I defer to others more knowledgeable. Sun's rays were a bonus. Nice.   Posted: 06/11/2020 10:39:44
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Good catch on the halo!   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:18:01

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I was hoping to go to Iceland last month, but it was cancelled in February as there were not enough booking for the trip. I really like this, it is different to most of the images of the Iceland coast that I see. I like the positioning of the rock and the sun, both being on intersecting thirds and the way the shore line leads to the distant rocks and sun. Your lens has made an excellent job of adding rays to the sun. Unfortunately it appears that in dodging the foreground rock to bring up detail, a too soft edge tool has been used which has created a halo.   Posted: 06/12/2020 05:30:15

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Great image. I think you might try to bring out more details in the rock in the foreground. As Jon mentioned, there is a halo around the rock. I don't know how to remove it but somewhere in photoshop I am sure you can.
Nice job.   Posted: 06/12/2020 18:07:09

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
The composition is nicely balanced with the rock in the foreground and the rocks on the horizon. The wave caught in the middle is nice.   Posted: 06/13/2020 02:41:32

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Renee - if the halo had been created in an PS adjustment layer to lighten the rock, adjusting the mask could remove the halo . It was possibly created using a brush and masking in Lightroom and again adjusting the mask could remove it.   Posted: 06/13/2020 03:13:27

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hey Everyone, thanks for the feedback. I am always looking for fringing in over-sharpened images as tell-tales of a PS application, but in this image I wonder if it is appropriate, since it is backlit? What do you think, should it be naturally there or removed?   Posted: 06/13/2020 11:09:59

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Backlit fringing works very well on furry animals as they have a furry edge or the back lighting is glancing across part of their back or it is coming through some raised fur. It can work well on rocks etc where the light is glancing off the surface. If the object has hard edge and this would create a hard shadow, I do not think there should be fringing. This is most usually created in camera when there isa hard edge between dark and light areas - we often see it on TV when somebody is inteveiwed against a light background. In PS it can often be removed by cloning with a small soft brush and using darken mode, which can prevent it flowing on to the object.   Posted: 06/21/2020 07:41:08

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Excellent composition and very nice photo. Even though the horizon is pretty centered, it still works very nicely and shows rules can be broken. I would like to see a little bit more detail in the foreground in particular the bottom which is almost too black (even for a black sand beach).   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:21:20

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
I like the overall feeling of this image. Beautifully done, with a perfect separation of foreground, middle and background.   Posted: 06/29/2020 12:04:02

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thank you for all of the feedback. Using a technique from Mark Johnson, I set in PS a preset under Mode for Darken, and opacity at 8 for the clone stamp, and then carefully ran the stamp parallel to the edge to get rid of the fringe. I also highlighted the foreground and cropped in from the right and up from the bottom. How do you like it?   Posted: 06/29/2020 12:57:10
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