Paul McLaughlin  

Jetsam by Paul McLaughlin

November 2021 - Jetsam

November 2021 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

I have been trying to build up my skills with Photoshop, particularly with layers and masks. This month I chose an image that I liked, but felt it needed some work. I cropped out the wall, used the clone stamp to hide the bottom 20% of it, used adjustment layers on the sky and beach, and relocated an abandoned piece of fabric from the wall to the shoreline. I changed the fabric color from blue to red to make it stand out a bit. Finally, I used a NIK filter to lighten the center and darken the edges.
Taken February 1, 2021
Nikon 780
ISO 800
Lens 24-120 mm, FL 24mm
f/11 @ 1/640

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6 comments posted

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
You've chosen a good image here Paul. Sky has drama and there's motion in the sea. It is a 50/50 split down the middle though which detracts from the appeal. I think a crop into a letterbox at the point where the sea meets the beach on the left hand side is much more powerful.   Posted: 11/04/2021 09:33:57

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thanks Nigel. That is very helpful.   Posted: 11/04/2021 16:00:12

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with Nigel about the cropping. I appreciate that you wanted the red object to grab our attention. However, I wish it were larger or more distinctive. It's kinda hard to tell what it is. It's also so small that it doesn't really accomplish the purpose you set out to achieve.   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:28:03

John Zhu   John Zhu
Good post processing and looks much better. I would like to remove more sandy beach, it's a bit noisy. Also the photo is not 100% horizontal.   Posted: 11/13/2021 11:26:49

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Good job on the work you did. I agree with Nigel on the crop. You might try content-aware scale on the red cloth to make it stand out more.

A couple of really minor distractions to consider cloning out - there is what appears to be sensor dust near the upper right corner and the dark stick protruding from the lighter sand.

This makes a nice minimalist seascape.   Posted: 11/22/2021 12:53:16

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thank you all for your thoughts and suggestions, all of them were very helpful. I went bck and implemented virtually all of them and the image is much better as a result. I tried to post the amended version but for some reason it kept reverting to the original.
Thank you again for your keen insights.   Posted: 11/24/2021 18:26:35