RPS Digital Imaging Group eCircle Beach Photograph

Last week we had another meeting of the RPS-eCircle group that I belong to. The photograph that we all used to process was of a beach scene and was submitted by one of the members (Suzy). I have her permission to use the photograph in this post.

I tried different techniques to get the type of image that I wanted -a poster type print that is often seen on old railway posters and some books from the 1930s. I have a book by the artist Brian Cooke showing many of his paintings from the 1930s. Below I show some of the stages I went through starting with the original image:

The original image showing a beach scene
The image was cropped to a letter-box shape and had some basic adjustments made
First attempt at posterisation – Too much detail in the sea and beach but the sky is not too bad
Second attempt at posterisation after reducing the level of detail on the photo

In the above image I was able to reduce the level of detail removing the graininess in the image leaving larger areas of flat colour. But I wasn’t happy with the colours nor that there was still some grainy areas on the beach. So:

This version has some of the graininess removed and the colours of the beach and sea adjusted

The above is closer to what I was trying to achieve. But I experimented further:

This is a black-and-white conversion of the previous image

You may also (depending on your screen) see a small measure of texture brought into the beach and sea in the above image. For the final version below I have included a ‘border’ around the different colours to better reflect what some of the original artists show in their artwork:

Final colour version with borders around the blocks of colour

Author: Paul L.G. Morris

I am an amateur photographer whose photography is mostly of gardens, nature and the rural environment. My specialities are close-ups, panoramic views, or a combination of both that I call 'Nearscapes'. I work mostly for my own interest having closed my business PM Studios Ltd.