As phoebringer had a point about the PP and the quality in the original version, I started working on the photo all over again. The quality was quite poor, probably due to saving jpeg a few times in a row, to get the appropriate TE file size of maximum details!
Here it is.
Lake Melissani, on Kefalonia.
we visited Kefalonia one day, coming from Lefkada with a ferry boat (line service). We drove down from Fiskardo to Sami, thus we came by Melissani aswell. Ofcourse we did need to visit it. We've allready planned going here when we decided to visit Kefalonia. It was one of our main goals, in fact.
[Original PP] :
* Resize 800px & crop
* Color balance
* Saturation & lightness
* Shadow & highlight, also on selected spots
* Then USM + USM at selected spots..
..It was finished, I thought.....
Whoops!..at 800px it was like 460kb big!
So I had to make it smaller, or decrease quality, but that was too visible when I tried. Although I did USM in my PP again after resizing, I think quite some detail got lost. Unfortunatly:(. >
Another POV here
[for info about the place see the original version]
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marjan (6279) 2006-11-23 11:00
hi Emiel.very nice shot . litle overbright but still very nice.
stamatis (2561) 2006-11-23 11:04
an artwork emiel,well done i like the colours of the lake the contrast beetwen the blu and the orange-wellow-red of the boats.
nika (0) 2006-11-23 11:17
Realmente bella . Todo , POV , detalle , sensacion , color , efecto ...la foto atempera el alma ...Gracies
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2006-11-23 11:19
Your picture does justice to this beautiful place. An improvement over the previous post. Well Done!
With Greetings from India
sothy81 (9568) 2006-11-23 11:23
Hi Emiel, very great color you have here. I love it. It looks like a very beautiful lake from Greece. Framing is also good. Good work. Sothy
AthaPan (0) 2006-11-23 12:57
I have been there in 2003 and I remember this fascinating lake.
You captured it in its full beauty.
jmcl (14535) 2006-11-23 13:02
still a piece of wonder with all those magical blues .. what a intense place.
ktanska (24914) 2006-11-24 2:49
I like this 'without sky' version very much. The boats on corners empasize the closed space feeling. Colours are excellent. I guess it would have been easier to get under 200kb with less sharpening.
Just noticed that this is a repost. Yes, improvement to the original is remarkable.
atilgone (0) 2006-11-25 3:43
Excelent POV. Very good frame and composition. Turquise color of the sea looks wonderfull. TFS
bostankorkulugu (42080) 2006-11-25 4:57
this one is definitely much better than the original one emiel... the composition with the boats on two sides work well here... colours great also...
take care emiel...
rozy975 (3047) 2006-11-26 20:54
Beautiful light and as a result beautiful colors.
I love the depth in the photo.
billabongx (1585) 2006-11-27 9:29
what's that? blue lagoon ? great colors and in particolar the blue! nice POV and contrast.
In this place you can also swim?
Davidwh (3662) 2006-12-01 2:42
another lovely image from this beautiful place.It goes without saying that the blue colour of that crystal clear water is very attrative and catches your eye.Nicely composed with good detail and clarity.Well done.
Deepforest (9260) 2006-12-02 14:06
what amazing colour of the water!! Interesting photo and nice composition.
balatrek (7455) 2006-12-06 7:03
Interesting place, I like the intensity of the contrasts of the close-up, the composition is good and the water colour is fantastic, great shot!
asajernigan (21298) 2006-12-14 17:54
This is an excellent photo with great color and lighting. I like your POV and composition.
ajcoutinho (568) 2006-12-15 18:11
It was a very good work on the cave. I usually do that in another layer doin the adjustments and then erasing the rest. And it works. Beautiful light and composition.
brevbrev14 (140) 2006-12-21 3:34
Hi Emiel, i like this composition and the wonderful colour of this water....
I like a lot the inclusion of the people on the boat..
daniel51 (231) 2006-12-24 0:37
What a great picutre, amazing colors, and very sharp altough I assume you where in another boat..
robob (3646) 2006-12-28 16:10
C’est sûrement une très agréable ballade à effectuer dans un endroit aussi magnifique. La couleur de la mer est splendide. Belle capture !
Amicalement et à bientôt,
anesugur (18789) 2007-01-03 16:57
Very beautiful composition and POV.
Wonderful scenery with superb light and colors.
Best wishes. Uğur
bakes888 (18499) 2007-01-06 2:56
Hi Emiel. Wow this is a striking scene, the colour of the water is amazing. You have handled the light well and composed a wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing.
rafid76 (0) 2007-01-06 17:00
it seems that any image from greece is wounderful, here you show us the crisp waters of the agean. the cave and its darkness shows mystery and unknown. well done my friend.
banyanman (7789) 2007-01-09 22:49
Difficult lighting conditions, Emiel, but the resulting contrasts are nice. The turquoise blue of the water really helps to set this shot off, and you have composed it well. Your second PP attempt is a remarkable improvement on the first. Cheers . . . David
Hellas (6831) 2007-04-23 6:10
great photo of this wonderful lake. You are an adequate ambassador of Greece. This image is very well exposed with vivid colours. Thank you very much. Regards,
belido (19934) 2007-05-15 9:33
much better than the first one. Good pp work. I like the vivid blue of the water. Well done!
cozy (998) 2007-06-29 7:08
Very good shot of this wonderful cave! You've handled the harsh lighting conditions very well with minimal blown out bits! Composition and POV are both very good with the two boats, one empty, one full, the third in the distance also allowing us to see a little into the cave. Lovely colours, I like the way the boats seem to 'hover' over that crystal water!
danos (87475) 2007-07-03 13:50
very nice the view of the lake Melissani,with the visitors on the boat.The colours of the water is beautiful, your POV is first class and the light is excellent.The most striking thing about the lake is the way you have controlled the light. The colours are very soft, you've avoided over-saturating in these difficult lighting conditions.
PS i read your programme for your vacations in Greece.I think that you'll have a very difficult,tight and tiring programme.
Vertigo (694) 2007-07-13 12:21
nice shot and perfect colours
the water is so turquise
giannis (233) 2007-09-19 6:00
Very nice shot..The lake also is wonderful.
steliosk (4802) 2007-10-11 17:12
the sharpness and the contrast is unique!!
the 1/60 gave you more than it could give: a well stabilized result
Well done Emiel
- Copyright: Emiel Hillege (Emiel_Skyfreak) (3002)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-25
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro, Transcend 2GB 150xSD, Sigma 72 mm MC UV Filter
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favorite Shots, Greece - The most famous sites II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-23 10:57
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