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This is a manipulation of a single colour RAW image. Firstly I created 7 TIFF files with different exposures 3,2,+1,0,-1,-2,-3 EV’s to create an HDR effect. Secondly I converted to Black and White. After various adjustments I used the tutorial by Anna Shaw to add light rays to enhance the scene.

Whilst the original shot was taken on a cloudy day I feel the manipulation has added a sense of drama and atmosphere which was not evident in the original.

All the manipulation work was done in CS3

The scene is L’Aber, Brittany, France and was taken with a Fuji Finepix S9500 in 2007.


france, seascape, artistic, tutorials, manipulations, brittany, laber, black and white, bob culshaw


  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    This is truly wonderful, an absolute fave – and that’s not just becuas you used the tut! You have placed the rays perfectly. Excellent work.

  • Thank you so much Anna – the tutorial is excellent and very easy to follow! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work mate

  • Thank you David I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...almost 5 years ago

    wow! great lighting, excellent shot, well done

  • Thank you so much Ryan. The original shot was flat and dreary, the conversion and tutorial certainly improved it!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • redtree
    redtreealmost 5 years ago

    Extra Special image.

  • Hi David, thank you so much for your comment. Love your work!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • brimellor1
    brimellor1almost 5 years ago

    Fabulous……love the light!!

  • Thank you so much Brian, I always appreciate your comments!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Phil Parkin
    Phil Parkinalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture here. These light beams don’t tend to stay for long so this was great timing. Love the composition too!

  • You are very generous Phil!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Phil Parkin
    Phil Parkinalmost 5 years ago

    Just seen the tutorial by Anna and must say that you have used it to great effect. I must try this :-)

  • Yes Phil – it is excellent! (Have to say that – Anna is my wife!!)

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...almost 5 years ago

    So gorgeous! You’ve captured a portal to heaven above. I love it!

  • Thank you so much Ainsley for your fabulous comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitaualmost 5 years ago

    Marvellous and magical bw landscape!

  • Thank you so much for your generous coment Jean.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Bob, Beautiful pp work!!!!

  • Thank you Svetlana for your comment. Best regards.

    – Bob Culshaw

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