Some Beach photos

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  1. tmartin2347

    tmartin2347 TPF Noob!

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    Here are some photos I took last month during my lunch break at work. The ocean was somewhat rough because of a storm that ended a few days before these were taken.

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    I was using the automatic shooting modes, landscape and the green squared mode.
    Now I'm trying to get more into the creative side of photography using tv, and the av mode.
     
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    Not bad snap shots. A little boring for me. I would have liked to have seen more sky or more ocean front. The horizon splits the pictures 50/50...:(

    I think the last is the best for me. I do miss the beach.

    Thanks for the pics!
     
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    That was my first thought. Try to keep it 1/3 sky 2/3 land or vice versa.

    1-3 lack color, but they're not bad.

    Last one is the best imo. I think the light post needs to disappear (easy edit) and maybe the houses too. Trim a little off the top even. That's a good one in my eyes though, for what it's worth :D
     
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    As mentioned the rule of thirds is helpful. I cropped this one using the ROT and to make it more like a panoramic. I did some editing too:

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    I can see why you get paid...you took a snapshot and made it something I'd hang on the wall. Impressive!
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Thanks!

    Your version is hot, I'm starting to like you already.
     
  10. KmH

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    I'm glad you all liked it.

    Trevor not only provided the image, but his comment about the previous days storm gave me the idea for a direction to take the edit.

    The Photoshop mat and frame show how drama can be added to an image, either online or better yet, as a matted and framed
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    Who can spot some of the nuances in the mat and frame I made.
     
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    "Who can spot some of the nuances in the mat and frame I made"

    The mat edge isn't the same color all the way around is it? The top looks like it is a light gray.
     
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    Yep, it's a shadow effect.

    I made the mat window using the Bevel/Emboss layer style (bevel, chisel hard, down) and that adds a shadow. I can select the angle of the light and some other parameters right there in the dialog box. For this mat window and all the other shadow effects I had the light up at 90°.

    Prior to that though I put a very thin black border on the image, you can see it best in the lower right corner of the image.

    The mat has an inner shadow, at the same 90° as the mat window, so it's a little darker at the top of the mat than at the sides and virtually no shadow at the bottom.

    I then put another very thin black border on the mat. It's hard to see but it's there and it adds definition and a sense of sharpness to the inside edge of the frame.

    The frame, also made using a Bevel/Emboss layer style (bevel, chisel soft, up, sized and softened.) and the light at 90° so the top of the frame is lit and the bottom is in shadow.

    All that lends a sense of depth to the mat and frame.

    This image doesn't have any significant shadows since it's a day with heavy overcast.

    If I was matting and framing an image that did have shadows I would tend to use a light angle that matched the light angles in the image.
     

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