#340 – Reworked Images 6 – Jumbles Quarry

DSC_4776-Edit Print-2

This was an image I’d scratched my head with in colour. I just couldn’t do anything with it, and I didn’t think it worked well in monochrome, so even though I liked it and thought it had potential it never really went beyond basic adjustments.

I’ve always thought it an intriguing image, but one that lacks something to make it a little bit special. That said, I’m not sure what I’d do to make a better one if I went back and re-took it – a lower perspective with a wider lens maybe, or possibly a longer shutter speed to blur the water more. That being said, I don’t know what the current state of the site is, it might be exactly the same, or it might all have been washed away, I’ve no idea!

DSC_4776-1-2 The starting point, an unprocessed raw image out of the camera


Desaturated file, the starting point for all work

Tonally, there’s quite a lot in it, and the challenge was to get it balanced, without over-emphasising any one particular area. The sky has always been a problem as there’s virtually nothing there (I’d have had to use a grad filter on the lens to have retained any sky detail, and I don’t actually own any). I did try cropping the sky out, but it just didn’t look right, so resorted to just darkening it using curves.


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