La Jolla Cove at sunset...

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  1. Honu

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    Hi everyone,

    These shots were taken at La Jolla cove in La Jolla near San Diego, CA. The sun was setting but was mostly obscured by clouds.

    All images are 3-shot HDR/Tone-mapped in Photomatix, taken with Rebel XSI w/Sigma 10-20mm on a tripod. I darkened the sky a bit in PS Elements, along with general levels, contrast, saturation and sharpness adjustments. I also ran them through Noiseware to help with the HDR noise.

    People like to scratch their names in the rocks, so I spent a lot of time cloning out graffiti like "Mary loves Jon" and "Chris 2005".

    Feel free to let me know what you think, thanks as always for looking!

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    In my opinion they all need a little work with the contrast. They're all very flat in tone.
     
  3. Josh220

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    I would have underexposed it by quite a bit, and slow down the shutter speed. It would have brought out the colors, and you may have gotten a nice movement effect with those waves coming over the rocks if you timed it right.

    Still good shots though.
     
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    Maybe something a little more like this?

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    beautiful, I loved La Jolla!
     
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    I like them without so much contrast (it depends also on your screen)

    the rocks are wonderful and the water is very transparent, nicely done
     
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    I like your images too. Very good composition and atmosphere. :thumbup: I would only work on the contrast and colors a bit to breathe more life to the images, otherwise they are great shots. I tried a quick edit on one:

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    Also, you may want to try positioning the horizon somewhere other than the middle of the picture. Decide whether you want to show more sky, or more foreground, then compose the shot accordingly. It's slightly higher than the direct middle, but perhaps a tad higher next time.
     
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  9. Honu

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    Hi,

    It seems to me that most of the horizons are far from center - only one seems to me to be close to the center.
     
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    Maybe it's my monitor, but your edit seems to be extremely noisy and the rocks have a very over-saturated intense orange tone. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words - I'm going to play around a little with it. No offense but your edit seems to be a bit too much (at least on my montitor.)
    I'm trying to capture how the scene really looked - the sky was completely grey and the rocks were more of a tan/grey tone.

    Thanks again!
     
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    No redeeming qualities? Thanks!
     

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