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You won’t find Flowerpot Point on any maps of the Great Ocean Road. This is just the name I gave it with this strange rock formation I found here. This spot is just a couple of miles west of the 12 Apostles. There was a gravel spot to pull over, next to the highway and there was still a little light left so we pulled over for another shot. This weathered formation was here. It reminded me of the rock formations found on Flowerpot Island in Georgian Bay (Canada) so that’s where I came up with the name. It might have another official name, but I couldn’t find it.

This is a sunset shot, with a narrow band of the sun coming in low below the clouds (and over some other rock cliffs), behind me. This worked out great as it lit up the face of the cliff and the pair of “Apostles” you can see so well. If we’d been here probably 15 minutes earlier we might have had more light on the cap of the flowerpot as well, but then it might not have been as good on the far cliffs. I was still happy with what we did have.

Workflow was as follow:
Shot in Raw - NEF files adjusted for highlights and shadow
Adjusted levels
Adjusted curves – sky separate from land and sea
Dodged and burned with overlay layer (5% opacity brush)
Reduced noise on the sky, then did it again for the overall shot (so the sky got it twice)
Added a layer for sharpening and “over-sharpened” with Smart Sharpen
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (20% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, cropped further to 14 x 8 format (wanted to keep the swan in the sky and the flowerpot), hid the first sharpened layer and created another and applied USM for the reduced size – modified this with layer mask, framed, and saved as a jpeg

Other than values used much of this workflow is similar to many of my previous postings until that final step. I’ve been struggling with the sharpening process so did a couple of things different here. 1st I started fresh with the TE version (based on a suggestion from Peter Boehringer which I much appreciate). 2nd I went back to using USM rather than smart sharpen, neither of which I fully understand yet, but it seems to give me more control overall. I still was able to “over sharpen” and use the layer mask to tone it down where I wanted to.

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