The photo above was shot somewhere at the coast of Timmendorfer Strand or Niendorf at the Baltic Sea. The photo was almost completely white due to overexposure but I shoot in RAW and that often allows me to fix the most horrible issues, and most of them would be unrecoverable if I would shoot with JPEG. But that doesn’t mean that I write down JPEG, I still shoot with this file format as well, especially when I try to take pictures of birds in flight, because then the buffer of my camera will not fill as fast during burst shots. Apart from that I really love to shoot in RAW. The image in this post would have been a throwaway image, but I recovered it and I think the result is fine.
I made some special adjustments as well, because the blue sky looked bad and I aimed for a darker mood and added a graduated filter to change it. I did adjust the contrast and made lighting corrections. I decreased saturation a bit but in return I emphasized the green algae color. Don’t ask me why, I can just tell you that I am the type of person that moves sliders until some things that I dislike disappear, or until I start to like the image. In my opinion, the problem with the image was too that there is a lot going on with all the stones. I tried to find the sweet spot so that all the stones appeared less aggressive, because with some settings it was very hard on the eyes. I believe the image still looks a bit busy, but anyhow I like the textures, especially the green algae. I used Lightroom together with Color Efex Pro plugin of the free Google Nik Collection.