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My photo rejected - quality problem

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Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

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Community Expert , Jul 11, 2023 Jul 11, 2023

Nice picture. Adjust the contrasts, make it may be a little bit warmer and resubmit.

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Community Expert , Jul 12, 2023 Jul 12, 2023

I agree with @Abambo about the contrast and color.  Just pressing the auto button in Lightroom adds some tonal and color  depth that I think is missing in the original.  Although it adds some oversaturation in a few spots that would need some correction.

 

I would remove the boat, I think it's a bit blurry and distracts a bit from the composition.

 

I also agree this is worth resubmitting with some tweaking 🙂

 

Edit:  I also see what @Jill_C is mentioning, and the color noise slider removes it.

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Nice picture. Adjust the contrasts, make it may be a little bit warmer and resubmit.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Thanks, but i dont think what contrast is poor. (if check histogramm - all good)
About warmer/cooler - not calibrated displays of macbook, imac and etc have big blues color tint.
And i calibrate my iMac and macbook displays by x-rite i1dsplay pro on gamma 2.2 D 65.

In this case color temperature of this picture is neutral (in warm slightly)

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It's quite pretty. Upon close inspection, I think the focus could be sharper, and there are some pinkish tones in the water that look somewhat like chroma noise.

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Thanks. The focus is sharp. (If you check it on retina mac display)

And about color tint - on iPhone displays photo have slitly greenish tint. On calibrated mac displays by i1dispaly x-rite tool - all good.

And photo doesn't contain chroma noise on water.

 

In attach. 100% crop

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I would just get rid of the undfinable objects in the water between the two palm trees. There are no reasons for them to be there.

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Jul 12, 2023 Jul 12, 2023

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What objects? There is one ship, perfectly defined. A bit out of focus, as @Jill_C said. 

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Jul 12, 2023 Jul 12, 2023

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I see what I assume is a ship, and a little brown object floating on the water about an inch below the ship that could just as well be a dust spot. Yes, it's a nice photo, but given the stringent rules by the moderators lately, I think both are distracting. The palm trees are the real subjects.

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I agree with @Abambo about the contrast and color.  Just pressing the auto button in Lightroom adds some tonal and color  depth that I think is missing in the original.  Although it adds some oversaturation in a few spots that would need some correction.

 

I would remove the boat, I think it's a bit blurry and distracts a bit from the composition.

 

I also agree this is worth resubmitting with some tweaking 🙂

 

Edit:  I also see what @Jill_C is mentioning, and the color noise slider removes it.

 

Cheers!


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Thank you for your opinion and actions!🙂
I usually work with RAW in Lightroom and then open it (Cmn+E) in Photoshop. After editing in PS I save the TIFF and JPEG back to the Lightroom catalog and don't touch this files anymore. You did it beautifully, but the noise in the sky slightly increased and a very small pasteurization began to appear on blue sky. Initially, of course, it is very difficult to pull out a color like yours from RAW in one stage. Working from scratch with RAW and JPEG processing in Lightroom behaves differently. Sometimes it 's easier to get a beautiful color from JPEG , but this threatens the appearance of artifacts

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This mirrors my workflow 🙂.  Opening as a smart object initially would allow you to re-edit the original layer as needed and have access to the original edits as needed, and you can also use a camera raw filter in Photoshop if further adjustments are needed.

 

I typically merge to a new layer (stamp visible layers) and then use an ACR filter as a smart filter, again allowing for further adjustment in the future.

 

In my workflow I would have run this through Topaz as the last layer in Photoshop, which I didn't do here.

 

I hope any of that helps!  Cheers!


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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And thanks for trick with color noise slider ! Before (last 10 years) i use it as color noise reduction as default (25 from 100) and in night photography. But I didn't know that with this setting, you can remove parasitic unwanted color artifacts that occur on small textures (a physical phenomenon - diffraction) and thus get a more even and pure color. (if use it on 80-90 from 100). It works great on small tropical tree branches, water foam and the water surface! Thanks! Today was a new discovery for me, which means it was not lived in vain.)))

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