Bill Peake  

Kirkjufjara Beach by Bill Peake

June 2021 - Kirkjufjara Beach

June 2021 - Bill Peake


About the Image(s)

Here is an image I took at Kirkjufjara Beach, during a trip to Iceland in July of 2019. The image was taken with a Nikon D7200 with the stock lens. with the focal length set to 18mm. The aperture was f/9 and the shutter speed was 1/1000. The ISO was set to 900.

Post processing was done if Photoshop CC 2021. The image was divided into 2 zones, sky and ground.

For the ground, a Camera Raw filter was added in which adjustments were made to the highlights, midrange and shadows and a dehaze was done. A Hue/Saturation layer was added to increase saturation selectively on the ocean and the vegetation using a layer mask.. Finally sharpening was added for the foreground and the rock in the middle ground.

For the sky, a Camera Raw filter was added in which adjustments were made to the highlights, midrange and shadows and a slight dehaze was done. Contrast and brightness were then adjusted to bring out more detail.

The image was then cropped to exclude a chain railing that was showing in the lower left of the image. Some of the grass was cloned out, since after the crop, only the top of the blades were showing as well as a couple of birds and a raindrop.

I am attaching the original image for reference.

5 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Bill, I really enjoyed this photo. Especially with the black sand and that you were able to get the distinctions of the waves of the sand. Your composition was good with the coast line leading my eye to the rock. Detail on the cliff on the left was good,especially the rocks at the bottom.   Posted: 06/03/2021 14:09:24

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
To me this is a well seen image. I like the curve of the black sand and the white of the ocean waves leading my eye through the scene. The image appears technically well done. A few suggestions - I would crop in just a bit more from the left to eliminate the grass - the green (most attractive to the human eye although some argue red) is a distraction for me. I would consider cropping down a bit from the top or adding some more impact to the clouds. Finally, I would consider bringing out just slightly more details from the shadows of the rocks.   Posted: 06/03/2021 16:04:53

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Like the others I really like the idea of the serenity of this scene. I agree with Michael regarding the green in the left corner as it is so bright that it draws the eye. Unlike Michael my choices for solving this problem are different. To me, cropping from the left makes the scene feel cramped. This I offer the following, burn the grass down and leave it darker, maybe even desaturate just that grass just a bit as well. The other choice is to crop up from the bottom and eliminate the grass that way.

The large rock on the left has some interesting textures to it and as suggested I might consider adding just a bit of light to bring that area to life. To compliment that, perhaps add the same amount of light to the large upright rock on the beach. j This would make the two ricks serve as sentinels and sort of guide the eye into the distance

Even if you do nothing to this it is an exception moody image that keeps a viewer engaged.
  Posted: 06/05/2021 13:17:41

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Iceland has so many interesting landscapes and lava formations that cannot be found elsewhere. I like the composition with the diagonal line in the midle.

My suggestion is to concentrate more on the rock in the foreground and lighten it up slightly. I would therefore crop from the left and just keep a portion of the cliff as a frame. In order to keep the format, I would also crop the sky accordingly.

In my opinion this would keep the rock as the main object and the rocks in the background as repeating objects.   Posted: 06/10/2021 02:46:12

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
I really like this photo and the location. The black sand and the lone rock against the blue water is where my eye goes. I'm on the fence about the grass but I would probably crop it out along with bit of the rock. The lone rock could also use a touch of brightening to bring out the texture.   Posted: 06/17/2021 19:20:19


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