For this week’s “After Before forum”, the picture I am editing is of The Doom Bar. The picture was taken on the Rock side of the River Camel looking towards the mouth of the estuary where the Doom Bar lies.
The Doom Bar is a sand bar at the mouth of the estuary where the River Camel meets the Celtic Sea on the north coast of Cornwall. The Doom Bar is made up of Marine Sand which is continually being brought up from the sea bed and is mostly made up of Marine Shells. With exposure to the Atlantic Ocean and the highly dynamic environment the sands are prone to dramatic shifts during storms.
It is said that the Doom Bar was formed during the reign of Henry VIII ruining the wealth of the port of Padstow further down the estuary. The Cornish believe that the bar was created to curse the harbour after a mermaid was shot by a local fisherman.
(source Wikipedia + Personal Knowledge)
With my picture the first thing I did was to crop of the bottom creating a more panoramic feel. I also applied some basic adjustments, so I could survey the image.
I adjusted the colours to make the image pop a bit.
The picture was feeling dark again, which was fine for the sky but the foreground need brightening. I used a gradient to increase the exposure in the foreground and another to bring in the highlights of the clouds.
I used the lens correction tools and then the heal tool to remove some dust bunnies.
I used a brush adjustment on the left side headland to add some definition and bring it more in line with the rest of the picture.
I removed the people enjoying the beach with the heal tool and warmed up the sand making it more yellow.
I sharpened the picture and reduced noise to finish up.
In this picture you can spot the Doom Bar just at the mouth of the estuary in front of the rock where the white of the waves are just visible. For ships sailing at present the must keep to the center right of the estuary and only at high tide. Where I was standing a few hours later was under water.
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