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    I don't think you can convey "HOT" with an overcast sky, either. I would try cropping out the sky entirely, making it square.

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    Start by using some cropping Ls and crop some parts out. It's possible that there's too much going on and you need to edit the photo. The lower part seems too busy and the top part is much more scenic. Less is more.
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    What I would do is crop the sky out completely, making it an almost square print and then print with slightly more contrast.

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    I will have to try this square thing. I just simulated it and it looks good.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Please post it after it's done. I think square is the way to go. If you want to add some color, put some verona brown in the sand, and some sepia in the steps. It would make the people "pop" more.

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    Sadly, I'm out of paper that I like and the vendor is out of stock....
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    maybe it's just me, but after a while, if the image is not what I want, i quit fiddling with it and just go shoot something else. For what you are seeking, I think that is your best option. Try a hot beach on a hot bright sunny day ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    What I would do is crop the sky out completely, making it an almost square print and then print with slightly more contrast.
    That's what I was thinking.
    With the clouds there you can't just portray "hot". You have to portray "hot and humid". If you want to do that, you would not want high contrast- I think more of a high key effect would work, with the clouds just held.
    Last edited by lxdude; 10-28-2012 at 04:37 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    maybe it's just me, but after a while, if the image is not what I want, i quit fiddling with it and just go shoot something else. For what you are seeking, I think that is your best option. Try a hot beach on a hot bright sunny day ...

    That's another option. But I believe there is a potential, quite a bit of it, in this image. I can almost see it, except it's still stuck in back of my head behind all the clutter. All I'm trying to do is to find out what I am seeing and not seeing, and put that on paper. I got good advise here. Darken the sky and lighten the foreground. Also leave the sky out. I'm going to experiment with this.

    By the way, this image was taken in Mexico and I live in Florida. I'd love to go back there and reshoot. But I can't. Also, this is part of a series (a personal project) I am working on. Not just any beach will do.
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    As far as the contrast is concerned....

    What you are looking at is a neg scan. Actual darkroom print with #2 filter looks just right for contrast. Once I am done, I'll scan the print and post it here.

    Oh, I just wish there isn't that darn scratch on neg....
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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