I have had two trips to Kaikoura in the last 6 months and I still have a lot of photos to work through and process. This was the last image I took of my trip in Dec 2013, I stopped at a bay where there were hundreds of seagulls nesting on these rock outcrops in the sea. Were a couple of seals out there as well.
I have done two treatments of this image, the first one is a plain process the way I would normally process. The second one is has an application of an On One Warm Gritty Punch filter. On One have some sample filters you can download for free and I wanted to experiment with this image to give the rocks more texture and character
I like the top one because it captures the image as it was when I was there, warm summers day, blue sky, greenblue sea, white seagulls etc.
The second image has a darker colder tone, the rocks are more present in the image, there is more texture. The water looks colder and deeper and more dangerous swirling around the rocks. It feels more rugged which does the coastline justice.
Both images have merit, and I like both of them, but I am not sure which I should use to represent the moment that I was there. What do you think?