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Ruth Carll's picture

Cold Morning on the Jersey Shore

It was a beautiful but cold morning down at the beach. I like the winter morning color here. Because it was so still, the trapped water from the receding tide was like a mirror.

I might have over fiddled with this though. Feedback Welcome.

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Robert Tran's picture

Rewarded for braving the cold with undisturbed sand that really adds to the serenity of the scene. Nice one, Ruth.

Geoff Guthrie's picture

Very nice shot...!!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Beautiful image, Ruth. I didn't want to leave crit on your portfolio, but I think there's some chromatic aberration leaving a red margin at the left edge of that mirror pool which detracts from the purity a little, and is easily fixed.

Ruth Carll's picture

I see that now that you point that out. Thanks my friend! ;)

Chris Jablonski's picture

BTW, just thinking about this image again, Ruth, it occurred to me that it's been cropped. Chromatic aberration should be fixed before cropping, or it won't be done accurately unless the centre of the cropped image is the centre of the final one.

Ruth Carll's picture

Interesting. I was just going to drop down the red channel as there is so little in the image anyway. How would you fix this? Why does cropping first help? Thanks for this Chris! I was rereading a post in Before & After today and your help in these matters is really valuable!

This image is one I value too. I'd like get it right. This is what the beach looks like here. It isn't red and saturated or rocky, wavy or dramatic. This is a drag coastline with sunrises that is soft and subtle. When I look at seaside photos, they never ring true to me. This one is spot-on and and I plan to print it in large format when we get back into the house.

Thanks again!

Chris Jablonski's picture

Ruth, most software can fix chromatic aberration, (CA), those ugly colour fringes at the image edges. (CA in jpegs is often fixed by default, but not in RAW.) By bringing all the colours into alignment at the edges, fixing CA improves sharpness as well. I did a fix out of curiosity, and here it is, Ruth. It's worked quite well, but took a lot more than I usually need with my most "fringey" lenses. (There is a corresponding.green fringe at the upper right edge of that pool, too.) I'd definitely fix it before printing if it's visible in these small-file images.

The issue I was referring to is this: in post-processing to improve CA, different colours, usually red and cyan, are rendered at (slightly) different magnifications to compensate for the lens. Only the centre spot is completely unaltered. So only if the centre of the cropped image is the same as the centre of the final one will fixing CA in the crop be dead-accurate. This is the case if the top & bottom, and/or left & right edges, are cropped equally. Mild cropping will not matter much.

Clever software could easily "remember" where the centre was and compensate for this, but unless I knew that for sure, I'd fix CA before cropping.

Also, your horizon is tilted 1.8 degrees, by my reckoning. Fixed in second image. And f/22 will soften everything a bit, when f/11 or certainly f/16 would probably render everything plenty sharp at this focal length. Do some bracketing if in doubt. I've never focus-stacked yet.

It is a very good image in all its simplicity & understatement, so I'd want to get it just-so too!

For me, the blue in the clouds above the horizon is a bit attention-gettingly intense, but that's personal taste.

Marcia Jolley's picture

Unique view of the coastline. I like it!