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    Help with this image, please

    I need some ideas.

    I have the attached image that I have been trying to print for about a year now. The impression I'm trying to convey is HOT and busy tourist area bustling with tourists going in and out constantly.

    I've tried straight print. That wasn't it.
    I've tried blue toning. That wasn't it.
    I've tried tried selenium tone then polysulfide. That wasn't it.
    I thought about creative manipulation. I couldn't come up with anything.
    I tried hand coloring water and sky. Didn't work.
    I tried solarizing it (digitally that is) and I liked it but I want an analog and more conventional print

    What would you guys do?

    I have something in my head but I just can't get it out.

    (yes, this neg is scratched but I can fix that)
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Here's the image
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails mexbeach.jpg  
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    Print the sky and sea much darker.

    Print the rest lighter.

    I'm thinking it will be a little bit like the Sabattier effect.
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    What feeling or idea you're trying to convey?
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    You need some drama - I think Matt has it, spend some time on the clouds and sea, leaving the foam/surf lighter but the rest darker.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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    I think its fine as it is.

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    I will have to try that out, thank you all. I just simulated that and it looks promising. My print actually did have some of that already incorporated but I think more of that will be helpful. Further darkening sky and sea, then lightening the foreground will bring focus into the right area. Also the mood will be more inline with what I had in mind. (Yes, I scan negs and use photoshop to visualize the change. It's a useful tool)
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    I think contrast would convey the feeling of "hot."

    Try bumping the contrast up a little bit higher than you normally would.

    Also, I agree about the clouds.
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    try lith printing it with a little burn on the sky

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    I think this image will never give the impression being hot because it was taken in shade. You need sharp shadows if you want to convey the sensation of hot. Raising contrast would not work IMHO. Actually the contrast is IMO already too high (both burned* highlights and blocked shadows in a low subject brightness range scene).

    I would print it without burning - blocking, keeping sand details under the people feet and bush - rock- palm detail on the right.

    * "burned" as in "clipped"
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