Georgianne Giese  

Sea Jaws by Georgianne Giese

November 2019 - Sea Jaws

November 2019 - Georgianne Giese


About the Image(s)

It was one of those early mornings. I decided to abandon my camera and walk on the beach, with the intent of just enjoying the early morning beauty and solitude. Naturally, on that particular day, the tide had just receded, and there were a multitude of beautiful patterns on the shore. The photographer in me went nuts. I couldn’t resist capturing some images. So, I pulled out my cell phone and started shooting. This image was taken with my cell phone. Unfortunately, the pixel quality is low, but I did my best in Photoshop, to bring back the site I experienced, which had dramatic clouds, curves in the sand, and beautiful cloud reflections on the beach.

It took a lot to recreate the experience, and I reworked it several times. Consequently, I don’t have all the steps. NIK Define was used to remove as much noise as I could. I used Selective Color and BW (with Luminosity blending mode) adjustment layers to bring back the color illumination of that bright morning. I also used Exposure, Hue/Saturation adjustment layers also. To bring back the structure of the clouds, I used Viveza 2. I finished off with Color Efex Pro: Tonal Contrast, Pro Contrast, Lighten/Darken Center. Most layers were masked, so that I could selectively apply the adjustment and NIK layers to the image.

3 comments posted

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I like the colors in this. I like the way you used a leading line up to the water and the clouds. Very nice, especially for having done it spur of the moment with a cell phone. Well done!   Posted: 11/06/2019 16:12:43

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
It IS a lovely landscape and your processing has really made it special. On my screen, the colors are a bit over-saturated to be "real", so I might back off just a tad. I also wonder if the light direction is consistent throughout, as your work-up has emphasized various parts of the image.

I can see this photo as a stunning B&W as well. Here creating the tonal drama would be a big plus.
  Posted: 11/06/2019 16:53:06

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
You did a great job creating an exciting image from a dull one. What I'm most drawn to is the light on the rivulet of water draining into the ocean. It's a very nice effect that complements the dramatic lighting of the cumulus clouds. To me, the way you enhanced the color makes the image seem like an oil painting. Well done!   Posted: 11/17/2019 13:26:41


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