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#1 tri4funnow



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Posted 22 June 2014 - 02:00 PM

Hi all,

I am back in the water after a 5 year break from photography and the water. I took this in Kona, HI right near the harbor entrance.  I struggled a ton with the color...may just be the limits of light, depth, and GoPro.


Spinner dolphins under a boat
Location: Kona, Hi near the harbor entrance
GoPro Hero 3+


Adjustments in Aperture (totally new to this):

Temp: 4345k

Tint: 10

Exposure +0.08

Black Point +14.29

Brightness +0.06

Definition +0.43

Saturation +1.0

Mid Contrast +17.26


Looking for any help, constructive criticism, composition advice, or resources 


Thank for the help and inspiration,


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#2 jmauricio


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:05 AM

my humble opinion...


  • Nice image overall.
  • I like how the dolphins and boat line up.
  • I like the blue in the bottom 2/3 of the frame,
  • I don't like the surface color in the top 1/3. It looks too washed out/over processed. Perhaps play with your white point or selective white balance
  • The blotch or speck or bubbles in the bottom left quadrant is distracting. I would clone out or crop.
  • Perhaps consider black & white conversion?

#3 gargar



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:48 AM

I like the shot.  If it were a raw file and being edited in lightroom i think you could really do a lot more with it.  But to get ideal color and exposure in all areas of this shot from a jpeg image would be impossible without reducing the overall image quality.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:03 PM

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There is a limit to how much color correction (white balance) that can be applied even from a raw file. Here are two versions from the same raw file pic, also from Kona. In one version the color temperature was set to "daylight" using the pull-down selection in Lightroom, the other I maxed out both the color temperature and tint sliders, respectively, all the way to yellow and magenta. The issue is shooting through too much water, which acts as a blue-green filter. The longer the distance the greater the filtration effect of water.

Edited by Tom_Kline, 30 June 2014 - 01:04 PM.

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