Experimenting with colour adjustments

A few days ago I went up to Devil’s Dyke, a high point up on the South Downs a few miles north of Brighton, to see if I could get a viewpoint over the town for some telephoto shots of the urban landscape. Unfortunately I discovered that the town isn’t actually visible from there, but I did get some shots of the paragliders who were taking advantage of the windy weather and the steep drop-off. Inspired by Trent Parke’s Seventh Wave images, I took a few shots that isolated the gliders against the sky, and when I viewed them later these were the ones I liked best. As with Parke’s images, the absence of other context made the figures seem as if they were flying. In this case, of course, they actually were, but other images in which I included part of the landscape didn’t convey the same sense of free-floating.

The combination of curves, lines and blobs made me think of Joan Miró, so I made some adjustments that I felt helped to emphasise the resemblance. I have made a mental note to try this again when the sky is cloudless and blue, which would make the images even more Miróesque.

f/5.6 1/1000 ISO 200 focal length 70 mm

f/5.6 1/1000 ISO 200 focal length 70 mm

White balance changed from As Shot to Flash. Exposure +0.15, shadows +100, whites +63, vibrance +32, saturation +38.

White balance changed from As Shot to Flash. Exposure +0.00, shadows +100, whites +53, vibrance +0 saturation +38.