Lighting/Post Processing etc

January 2nd, 2023


From the point of view of 'subject matter,' I was pleased with this photograph. However, the colour of the sea is dictated by the reflection of the sky and some highlights are burnt out.

The point where I stand can not be changed much and there is no way I can get higher or lower.

Any suggestions, which will probably be in post-processing, would be appreciated.

January 2nd, 2023
honestly - i can't think what i would do differently... i think both are amazing images! i assume you've worked to up the clarity on the bird and decrease in clarity in the water?

btw... i don't see where the highlights were blown out - possibly in the bird's shoulder area? it doesn't look like they are, and if they are in fact blown, i don't see it as detracting from the image in any way... that said, you might want to try tweaking contrast a bit to see if that addresses whatever you feel is missing from the image...

on the assumption you're thinking about returning to the scene (as opposed to just reprocessing), and assuming the sun was fully up at the time you shot this, you might want to go back at golden hour to see if this nets you colour that you find more pleasing...
January 2nd, 2023
If you use Lightroom and are up to date you can use the "select subject" mask and pull down the highlights in the gull and even open up the shadows ever so slightly in the wings if you wish
January 3rd, 2023
I love both shots and would probably just pull up the shadows.
January 7th, 2023


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