The End of a Perfect Summer’s Day

The hay is now cut and baled in the field next door to me.  It’s been cut for silage the last few years as the idea of getting hay all dried out in the preceding very wet summers was laughable.  This year however, has been different and it’s nice to see the bales of hay sitting in the field waiting for the trailer to come and take them back to the barn..

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When I was processing this picture, I was having a real struggle with banding.  The processing algorithm looks at a gradient like the one in the picture above and rather than distinguishing between blue, slightly darker blue and slightly darker blue again, it says to itself blue will do until it gets to a not so slightly darker blue and only then will it adjust the shade.

The result is a far from a smooth gradient with bands of colour, spoiling the picture.  It saves on processing time to do it this way but I feel it’s a compromise too far.  I have found the solution though and I’ll be posting an article next week on how to tackle this annoying problem.

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34 responses

  1. Fabulous image, Adrian, with the last of the sun’s rays just lighting up the centre part. I’m looking forward to getting to Cornwall. :)

    July 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I do hope the weather holds for you. It has been so fabulous these last couple of weeks. Life is so much easier when the sun is shining. :-)

      July 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

  2. Awaiting further instructions, master….. :D

    July 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  3. You have done a beautiful job with this image, it is simply STUNNING!!!
    cheers Callie

    July 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    • Thanks ever so much Callie! :-)

      July 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  4. beautifully done :)

    July 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      July 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  5. This is a real beauty Adrian!

    July 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    • Thank you very much Phil! :-)

      July 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  6. Look forward to your solution. Several of my photos at sunset really suffer from this problem and I’ve converted them to b&w to overcome the problem.

    July 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

    • I’ll try and post Monday or Tuesday. I just didn’t have the time to do it yesterday. ;-)

      July 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  7. Gorgeous photo, Adrian…and again, not a cloud in the sky. ;)

    July 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

    • Thank you Scott. Yes, the weather seems to be holding! :-)

      July 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  8. Wow, fabulous shot!!!

    July 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

    • Thank you Rexlin!

      July 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  9. Beautiful lighting.

    July 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    • Thank you David.

      July 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

  10. Superb shot, Adrian. Looking forward to the solution, I’ve had problems with banding as well.

    July 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    • Thank you Simon. I’ll do the post as soon as I can.

      July 22, 2013 at 6:19 am

  11. I look forward to your tutorial!
    Also, have just Leanne’s post and found out about your book deal – maybe I missed you saying something earlier? Anyway, congratulations!

    July 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    • Thank you Noeline. I’ve been commissioned by Cornwall Council to produce a book of photographs celebrating the history, heritage and landscape of Cornwall. The book will be given as gifts to visiting royalty and other such dignitaries so I’m very honoured and very excited by the project. I’ll keep you posted as to how it progresses. I’ve been in contact with a guy who hand binds books and we’re currently in discussion as how best to present these pictures. He uses a lot of leather and cornish slate which I really like the idea of. It’s going to quite a unique book I think. :-)

      July 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  12. Marvelous:)

    July 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you Elena.

      July 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  13. the yellow is so beautiful; they way it reflects on the ground and paints the sky :)

    July 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    • Thank you Marina!

      July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

  14. I love those golden hours of the day too, Adrian. The long shadows are very nice.
    I’m looking forward to your solution to banding – I know what you mean!

    July 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    • Thank you Karen. I’m working on the post as we speak. ;-)

      July 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  15. This is beautiful as is all the work that Leanne Cole shared on her site.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:26 am

    • Thank you very much Nia, I really appreciate that.

      July 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  16. Beautifull

    July 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

    • Thank you very much.

      July 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  17. Wow, that is a problem I’ve had too. You therefore got a follow with that little teaser, despite the fact I try my best to never follow a blog with ads, haha!

    July 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm