Meredith Bain  

Addis Bay by Meredith Bain

September 2023 - Addis Bay

September 2023 - Meredith Bain


About the Image(s)

I am fortunate to live at the head of The Great Ocean Road in southern Australia. That gives those of us who live locally an easy drive with jaw dropping views and many, many seascape opportunities in all sorts of weather.
On the day I took this image I was about 100 kms from home on The Great Ocean Road and saw a little grassed picnic area that I had not noticed before. I quickly pulled over and found that it had a pathway from the grassed area down to the sea. It was about to rain - in fact it did rain about 20 minutes later but that gave me enough time to find a composition I liked, get out my filters and put on my favourite landscape lens.
This is the end result with Lightroom Editing only. I used the auto DeNoise which made a small positive difference to my already in focus image and the usual Basic adjustments with a light hand. The rocks in the middle of the image were in shadow which I lightened to see more detail with a brush Mask. I also darkened the sky a little by using a sky Mask to better see the cloud pattern and to give more of a sense of impending rain.
My main image is slightly cropped at 6x4 but the rocks bottom left distract I think. I have included a second crop at 1x1 which takes out those rocks and would like others' thoughts on whether this is an improvement.

Fujifilm X-T4, lens 10-24mm f4 @ 21.6mm, NISI filters CPL, 3 stop and 6 stop, 9 second exposure.

6 comments posted

Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Lovely scene. Exposure is lovely, wish I had been there.
You mention the rocks at lower left. I think it would be OK to crop halfway into the larger, dark rock and leave out the other two altogether. You don't need all the sand there at bottom. You could even crop some of the sky. I did a small edit just for fun, took out the lowest rock and cloned some of the darker rock to fill in. Cropped a bit. I hope this is OK that I did that. You can always work on editing other peoples' shots, too, to help them see what you mean.
Do you ever use the patch tool in Photoshop? You might have removed some of the lower left rocks that way. But all in all, I think it's lovely. I like that you used a slow exposure to get the milky look in the water. Nice !!   Posted: 09/10/2023 22:52:04
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Meredith Bain   Meredith Bain
Thanks so much for your suggestions Donna. I am not so skilled at Photoshop as you but will try your suggestions to see how I go. I have used the Patch tool but not with much success and not often. It is perfectly OK for you or anyone to change my image. That's what I'm here for - to get others' ideas and thoughts and learn. Thanks again.   Posted: 09/11/2023 19:20:08

Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Hello Meredith, what a peaceful image. I like the detail, softness and composition of your image. Donna has given you some good suggestions, but I like your image as is.   Posted: 09/16/2023 07:17:47

Meredith Bain   Meredith Bain
Thanks Diana, I like the image too and will keep working with the editing to try different ways of presenting it. I might surprise myself!   Posted: 09/16/2023 17:13:41

Doug Wolters   Doug Wolters
I also like your image as is. Very nice! I like the rock showing at the bottom. Who needs Photoshop for something like this? Lightroom has some sky enhansing tools in the right panel. But they may well be overkill for this image. Very nice!   Posted: 09/18/2023 17:58:46
Meredith Bain   Meredith Bain
Thanks for your comments Doug. It can be difficult to decide to leave well alone or tweak an image and I appreciate your thoughts. I'm still in two minds but will try a couple of different edits - all part of the learning curve.   Posted: 09/19/2023 02:17:00


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