These Shining Seas

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  1. ShutteredEye

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    Sailboat shot from the overlook on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, near San Francisco last November.

    I kept coming back to this picture in my archives b/c there was just something about it that I liked. I kept trying to saturate the water to be a bright blue, but it never worked. So today, I thought, what about a hazy sunset look? Let me know if it works for you.

    400iso/300mm, don't remember av/tv settings, scanned from film negative. Vignetting is in camera, levels adjusted only.

    [​IMG]
     
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    if it were mine i would burn the highlighted portion of the water just a bit and see what happens. is it possible to tone the boat down....seems a bit blown. it's definitely worth the effort. the idea of blue saturation sounds nice too.
     
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    agreed... love the vignetting and I like the warmth the orange gives to the photo. It has a nice lazy or dreamy afternoon feel
     
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    Ok I darkened the picture a tad over all and boosted the contrast a hair. I tried burning a bit, but I can't quite get the hang of it. What pattern to use? How dark? Create a "shadow" behind the boat?

    And I know the boat feels blown, but it's what I've used to set my white balance, so I can't seem to get it to cool off, so to speak. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I have a feeling this is just my lack of PS skills as opposed to bad suggestions! LOL!!!

    OTE, and I can post the original if need be.
     
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    [​IMG]

    I also turned the water blue.

    To get the white not so bright I used selective color in PS set to absolute selected white and added +5 to the black slider and to even out the orange cast I used hue/saturation adjustment layer set it to colorize then used the mask to remove the boat.

    To get the blue water I did the above mentioned then ran another Hue/saturation adjustment layer and just changed to a blue I liked.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Cool thanks!
     

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