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Bandon-by-the-Sea-Stacks

Photo By Stephen Oachs
Pro Critique
Time of day is incredibly important when photographing the sea stacks. A high sun angle renders the stacks as lifeless brown lumps. Here, the low warm sun gives the stacks a golden hue and allows the surface details to come out. Warming up the scene has also given the water a purplish cast, which might be slightly overdone. It’s a delicate balance when warming a photograph that has sky and water. Too much enhancement makes blues lean to violet. All in all a gorgeous composition with slight blurring of the water to create defined patterns form the white water swirling around the various formations.


Lightroom 2 Tip
Cut Haze With Clarity
The Clarity slider is often referred to as a sharpening tool, and in many ways it's similar. You can think of Clarity as applying a sharpening effect, but with contrast being added across a larger area than would be the case with normal sharpening. The result is to cut down on haze in the image, which can have a dramatic effect. When increasing the value for Clarity, pay attention to the image at a close zoom setting to ensure you aren’t adding obvious "glowing edges" in the image (similar to halos when oversharpening, but larger and more subtle). Just remember, Clarity can have a dramatic effect on your image, but it isn't a replacement for sharpening.

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  1. You photo is amazing!

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