Paul McLaughlin  


Fishing Nets-Boston  Background: Taken with a Nikon 780, 24mm-120mm lens, FL 35, ISO 100, 1/400 4.0 by Paul McLaughlin

July 2021 - Fishing Nets-Boston Background: Taken with a Nikon 780, 24mm-120mm lens, FL 35, ISO 100, 1/400 4.0

July 2021 - Paul McLaughlin

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Taken with a Nikon 780, 24mm-120mm lens, FL 35, ISO 100, 1/400 4.0

One of the few images I have submitted without cropping. I thought that the sky was important enough to leave alone. I made small adjustments to contrast, brightness, and saturation. The major edits involved moving the buoy from the mid-left to the mid-right. I thought that repositioning the buoy provided balance. I also darkened the sky as I thought it was a bit washed out in the original.


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18 comments posted




Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
You did a great job on this. However, the only problem is that the peninsula cuts the image literally in half. What I did was increase the canvas size and did a content aware fill on the sky portion to break the 50-50 division. What do you think.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:13:35
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Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I think that made a tremendous improvement. Thank you very much for your comment.   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:04:58



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Easy fix. You're welcome   Posted: 07/04/2021 18:41:17
Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Hi Bev,
I am trying to implement the change that you suggested and I am running into a problem. I get a repeating pattern in the clouds which is quite visible. I may be selecting to large an area, seventy pixels is the smallest change I have attempted so far. Any suggestions?
  Posted: 07/05/2021 12:29:09



Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Hi Paul, the darkened sky made all the difference. Did you replace it? If not, how did you darken it? Sorry my PS skills are nowhere near adequate. The increase in saturation lends good colour. Well done.   Posted: 07/05/2021 11:30:18
Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Hi Hoshedar,
I am stumbling through the process of learning Photoshop myself. This group has been very helpful in that endeavor. I did not replace the sky. I merely selected it and adjusted the brightness. I find that when it comes to skies, you can accomplish quite a bit with brightness and exposure.   Posted: 07/05/2021 12:02:09
Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Thank you Paul for that tip. Will try that.   Posted: 07/09/2021 04:32:12



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
The repeating pattern is not unusual as by using this method you're actually copying a piece of the sky. Another option is once you've done that, if you have the most current Photoshop, you can replace the entire sky just click on edit sky replacement and choose one from all they have. Or, once you have added the added space on the top of the image you can select the existing sky and then distort it to cover all of the space using edit transform and try skew or one of the other options. For everyone.... do take advantage of the many tutorials, etc. that PSA has to offer and you can also find a myriad of any instructions for photoshop on U tube. Good luck and let us all know how you make out.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:28:53
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
For PSA competitions, and many camera clubs, you need to use a sky that you have taken, not one of the ones from Photoshop. I take interesting skies when I see them, and have made a collection of them.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:52:57
Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
That is good information to have, thank you Tom.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:56:49
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
If you follow the instructions from Adobe, it easy to add the clouds that you created to those that are available to use.   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:02:44
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I've been doing that for years as well. But for purposes of these groups, I don't believe there are restrictions to using Adobe or Luminar skies.   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:43:53
Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Thank you Bev. Will check out PS tutorials on PSA website.   Posted: 07/09/2021 04:34:43



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I agree with Bev that having the land area at the middle is not the best composition, but instead of adding sky, I would crop off part of the sky. You have an area of repeating sky at the top, and cropping it would eliminate that problem. I would crop most of the white clouds at the top, and leave the dramatic darker clouds. That would also make the fish nets more important.   Posted: 07/13/2021 16:27:35



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
You improved the sky and retrieved clouds, get much better image, you posted.
For me I would crop out some sky from top, the water line will move down. The subject fish nets will stand out.   Posted: 07/15/2021 18:03:10



Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
MOODY!! I like your lighting, composition and subject! My only suggestion would be to burn down the hot floats on the net. They become the subject and I would rather not have them distract me from the rest of the image. I am not bothered by the sky.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:28:02



Grace Lee   Grace Lee
I think the sky look is perfect to the subject! Bev's suggestion is make perfect for the image!   Posted: 07/17/2021 03:22:14



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
For me toning down the brightness in the sky, moving the land peninsula off the half-way mark, relocating the buoy, and following through with Barbara's suggestion to tone back the hot floats makes for a nice image Paul.   Posted: 07/18/2021 14:49:41