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Rock in the Surf

March 18th, 2012

I took this photo at Byron Bay, Australia. It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon, but then started to rain. I have replaced the original sky, which was too flat, with the sky of a photo I took on a sunrise at Gold Coast. The birds are edited too. I hope you like it.

Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Adobe Photoshop.

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Posted By: shaunhilburn
about 12 years, 2 months ago
Beautiful. I want it for a screen background, but it has a minor flaw.

The sky is reflected in the sea, which only happens when the sea surface is perfectly flat and calm. Fix it and this photo will be top-notch.
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Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 12 years, 2 months ago
@ shaunhilburn, thanks for your suggestions. You're absolutely right, I am a photoshop newbie, so I still need a couple bits of advice. ;)

I have created a "Non-Reflected" Version. Here is the "Download-Link" http://www.sendspace.com/file/uf3tf3. Don't get distracted by the big download box on top, use the download button in the middle, where it says "Click here to start download from sendspace".
Posted By: kallinan
about 12 years, 2 months ago
Definitely eye-catching at first, the land & sea are very interesting.

Shaunhiburn was right about the reflection. But even now, the new version still looks ... off. The sea has a greenish tint, while the sky is still blue. Usually they are much closer in hue, as the sea reflects the colors of the sky if not the shapes. Also, the lighting looks off. The replaced sky has the sun straight ahead, but the lighting of the rocks does not feel backlit. So that aspect feels off, too.

Trying to achieve a realistic effect with Photoshop is always very tricky. I usually advocate a "less is more" approach.
Posted By: povidiusnaso
about 12 years, 2 months ago
Much better w/o the reflection. It still looks surreal due the crisp outline of the birds with the sun directly behind them coupled with the lighting on the rocks but it is a nice surreal - I like it. Thanks for the picture!
Posted By: Tom Brokaw
about 12 years, 2 months ago
I noticed right off that the sky and the rocks didn't match, but I actually like that surreal, collage-y effect. Which is why I voted for it.

If you want to keep the reflection and/or work on your PS chops, google "photoshop water displacement map" for some cool tutorials. You could convert the water in your image to B/W and use it as is, too.
Posted By: Robin Kamp
about 12 years, 2 months ago
Thank you @ povidiusnaso and Tom Brokaw. Im glad you like it and thanks for the suggestion of using the "photoshop water displacement map". I will have a look into that :)
Posted By: elron
about 12 years ago
Nice shot! I like the non reflection version better as well. Unfortunately your Lens isnt the best/sharpest, and on my dual monitor setup the lens distortion is quite visible. Looks nice on a standard 1080p setup though.

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