Yacht - canon 20d w/17-40

I saw an article in 'Amateur Photographer" magazine about using filters in landscapes, and here is my attempt to replicate a graduated orange ND filter. Other than the filter effect (a solid colour layer blended with a graduated layer mask) there are curves adjustments.

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  • Alec Long

    Beautiful!

    2006-06-28

  • shooter

    Miles this is a lovely serene and calming shot, I love your processing of this, very eyecatching, nice placement of the boat, and great shot of the day, I love B&W 6x6!

    2006-06-28

  • Ashish Sidapara

    Superb!

    2006-06-28

  • Robert

    Beautiful composition and color. Seems like the water should have more orange in it from the sky; the grey gives its a surreal look.

    2006-06-28

  • Daniel Seguin

    Oh my god, this is fabulous! Took my breath away. Fantastic photograph.

    2006-06-28

  • chiara

    WOW! Stunning seascape. Love the contrast between the sky and the water.

    2006-06-28

  • thukai

    Fantastic shot, Miles. That sky is just the perfect colour. By the book composition, and the details on the boat are great at that distance.

    2006-06-28

  • Jasper

    Very dreamy!

    2006-06-28

  • Jonathan

    Incredibly peaceful. A journey beginning or ending?

    2006-06-28

  • Frank

    Wonderful in a dream. Well done. Love the tone.

    2006-06-28

  • Justin Gaynor

    Beautiful color Miles. I just love sea scenes, this is a great capture.

    2006-06-28

  • Holly Northrop

    simply beautiful.

    2006-06-28

  • Mark [londonrubbish]

    This is wonderful. I love the orange of the sky and the contrasting silver seascape. Fantastic work. Again, I'm jealous.

    2006-06-28

  • King of Bloke &

    Great work.

    2006-06-28

  • dan culberson

    I really like this photo... the processing turned out very well. Just leaning on the surreal enough to make you look twice.

    2006-06-28

  • daniel

    beautiful colours!! I must learn about filters myself I think!!

    2006-06-28

  • Toni

    so peaceful. very well done

    2006-06-28

  • Vidya

    lovely shot !

    2006-06-29

  • carlos

    Nice result!

    2006-06-29

  • tetsu

    Wonderful!!

    2006-06-29

  • dan culberson

    I thought of a question while taking a second look. Is there an advantage to using a graduated layer mask over just using a gradient fill tool to put the color in?

    2006-06-29

  • m a r i n u s

    Very good shot, the filter effect works well here. Wel done

    2006-06-29

  • mihai

    excellent!great processing...

    2006-06-29

  • picturegrl

    It's funny... this brought back such a nostalgic feeling for when I used to look at photo magazines and beginning photography books in high school. I had a love affair going with Cokin filters at the time, and even though I couldn't afford any, I tore image after image out of magazines hoping to emulate them one day. I tend to forget about graduated orange/tobacco filters now but this image is a wonderful reminder that as we embrace the new ways, those old techniques are still breath-taking. The fact that you did it all in Photoshop just makes the image that much richer for me. Thank you, Miles. You instantly brought back the rush of pleasure and excitement I felt when I was just starting out in photography 19 years ago (and no, I'm not THAT old -- I got an early start ;-)

    2006-06-29

  • NoWords

    stunning!

    2006-06-29

  • jt

    Beautiful Shot!!

    2006-06-29

  • Albedo

    Beautiful ! Great colors and composition, though I do think that the sea should be more orange (reflection from the sky).

    2006-06-29

  • Miles

    Thanks everyone. This was very much an experiment, it's not really supposed to look natural, shots taken with real filters certainly don't always. I guess it's more about what's an appropriate 'feel' for the shot when you select a filter.

    @Dan, just for the sake of control. If I created a simple colour gradient I might not get the gradient right first time. With the layer mask I can make quick adjustments by flicking back and forth between black and white.

    And thanks Carmen!

    2006-06-29

  • Al

    who needs filters with photoshop? good detail in the sky. the softness of light makes me think an experiment in exaggerating diffuse glow on the sea and foreground might be worth a bash

    2006-06-29

  • JD

    great work, the orange sky is truly breathtaking.. will have to give your trick a try some time (as soon as I have some decent landscape shots... right after I learn how to take them :( )

    2006-06-29

  • Craig

    An excellent shot! Very calm picture, I love it!

    2006-06-29

  • nuno f

    Thank you for choosing one of my photos for the shot of the day a couple of days ago. :-)

    About today's photo, I must say that the "graduated orange ND filter" that you simulate make this image very appealing and transmit a sense of tranquility. Excellent! :-)

    2006-06-29

  • Brandon Crain

    Amazing Color. Love it...wish I was there instead of this cube. :)

    2006-06-29

  • Paul

    Lovely shot, very impressive PP work.

    2006-07-01

  • Emmel

    Beautiful orange sky.

    2006-07-01

  • jonne

    Very nice! The colors work well together.

    The only advantage in using a real filter is the balance you can get in exposure between the sea and sky. Meter off the sea and the filter keeps the sky from getting over exposed.

    2006-07-02

  • emma

    works superbly - off to dig out some old landscape shots to experiment with right now! cheers for the inspiration ;)

    2006-07-03

  • Ryan Rahn

    Add this filter to an already beautiful shot and you get an amazingly beautiful shot! Excellent job and stunning photograph. I really have to try this sometime.

    2006-07-20

  • olya

    wow! really good!

    2006-08-03

  • Marcus Abbott | The Harbourmaster

    This is a superb photo. I'm a musician, and I was wondering if I could use this lovely shot for the artwork for my new album, "Clear Skies." ?

    2011-08-13