Adrian Schaub  


Beachball by Adrian Schaub

July 2024 - Beachball

July 2024 - Adrian Schaub

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We have been in Marbella (Spain), where I tried to capture these two guys playing ball on the beach. The challenge was to have their full bodies in front of the bright background of the water, the ball visible and ideally a seagull flying by “ all at the same time. I took around a dozen pictures until I got this one. I would have preferred if the ball would have been better isolated, but as I claim authenticity for my pictures I have refrained from copying it to elsewhere.

I did change it to BW in LR, increased the contrast, shadows and whites and decreased highlights and blacks. I moderately (around 20) added texture, clarity and dehaze. Further I added a Linear Gradient on top to darken the sky and a linear gradient on below with heave increase of texture and clarity (around 70) to give the sand more structure.

Hasselblad X2D, XCD 65, ISO 400, f 16 1/1500 sec


3 comments posted




Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Adrian

What you tried to do was challenging due to the light. My eye goes to the bright horizon first and then to your two lads on the beach and it probably should be to the lads first.

My thought was to adjust the light outside of the beachfront, probably sacrificing the gull in the process. I placed a radial gradient over the beach, feather at 60%, inverted it and reduced the exposure. I did a crop on the left and tops of the frame.

Regards

Emil   Posted: 07/04/2024 11:37:45
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Adrian Schaub   Adrian Schaub
Dear Emil
I often preach to others to focus on one topic only and realize that I didnt stick to my own advice here because I couldnt resist the temptation of the seagull. I like your version substantially better. Since interacting with you I have learned to use and appreciate the radial gradient :-)
Br, Adrian   Posted: 07/05/2024 05:06:48



Adrian Schaub   Adrian Schaub
Dear Emil
I often preach to others to focus on one topic only and realize that I didnt stick to my own advice here because I couldnt resist the temptation of the seagull. I like your version substantially better. Since interacting with you I have learned to use and appreciate the radial gradient :-)
Br, Adrian   Posted: 07/05/2024 10:16:21



 

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