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A boat

By drjskatre
A small fisherman village. After dark when everybody left, I took out my camera. I have done some cloning to remove the distant streaks of light from a fishing boat...

Tags: Boat Sea Landscape and travel Late evening

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ColleenA Plus
10 503 8 Australia
13 Mar 2015 4:55AM
I like this a lot...a great long exposure bringing out the beautiful colours and stars
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13 Mar 2015 6:08AM
Dr. Awesome click. Nice composition. Great colours.
Andysnapper 14 109 25 England
13 Mar 2015 6:40AM
An exceptional shot, very peaceful.

paulknight 12 2 9 New Zealand
13 Mar 2015 7:58AM
That's stunning. I doubt there is any room for improvement.
Mike43 11 373 21 England
13 Mar 2015 8:14AM
Nice shot but felt with the boat being the main point of interest it needed additional exposure to bring it out, see uploaded mod hope you like it.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2015 9:21AM
Very nice indeed. If I were to do anything I would go with Mike and just lift the boat a touch to really make is stand out.

TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2015 10:51AM
This is such a lovely image that I'm loathe to do anything to it! The colours are glorious, the placement of the boat just about perfect and that hint of reddish light on the stern of the boat sets it off perfectly.

Removing the distant streaks of light from a fishing boat was the right thing to do - this image is about this one boat, here, now. Nothing else should detract from that or take the attention away. It's a perfect moment in time, and I think you've taken it beautifully.

However, since you have put it into the critique gallery there's one or two very minor things that I've done in my mod.

Although the colours you have here are soft and gentle, almost dreamlike in a way, part of me wanted to give it a slightly stronger feel in terms of contrast. That band of foamy water is very similar to the colour of the boat's hull, and possibly doesn't allow enough separation to let the boat stand out in its own right.

A little dodging and burning on the midtones and highlights (at a very low opacity) of the hull give that area a little more depth. I agree with Paul and Mike about the boat needing something, so by dodging and burning on it I hope I've given it more of a sense of solidity without taking away that dreamlike quality too much.

A added a touch more space at the top of your image, just to allow the horizon line to sit on the lower third horizontal line. Not a requirement, by any means, and it's a guideline rather than any kind of rule. However, sometimes it does work - particularly with an image that has a very strong linear feeling like this one.

I did clone out your copyright watermark - although I understand why you added it, it's not necessary in the critique gallery and can detract from the overall image when trying to guage feedback.

The other thing I did was to just clone one or two bright stars that were on the very edges of your image. While they were hardly noticeable, a couple of them did begin to pull my eyes upwards towards (and out of) the frame and that's definitely not what you want with this image. There is so much to linger over and enjoy with the soft colours as they fade into one another, the delight of that solitary boat and the absence of anyone at all ... well, I want my eye to stay within the image, not wander out of it.

So there you have it - one very lengthy explanation for a couple of tiny tweaks Smile Adjusting the tonal range a touch wasn't necessary at all, it's just another interpretation and a very personal one at that.

This is the kind of image I'd hang on my wall and enjoy every day.

richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
13 Mar 2015 12:08PM
Very Nice!!
iancrowson 12 215 169 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2015 12:21PM
A well composed image. I like the muted tones which add atmosphere to the photograph.
Your name at the bottom actually adds to the image in my view, it tends the echo the artistic feel of the picture.
Well done.

banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4319 Canada
13 Mar 2015 12:33PM
Its a nice image. It does appear that there has been more post processing done here than cloning to achieve the slightly painted appearance?

drjskatre 13 8 India
13 Mar 2015 1:52PM
Thanks friends for your very informative comments. Mike and Tanya, i really liked the modifications made by you. There is so much to learn from your remarks. Thank you very much. Banehawi, no, not much PP, other than some levels, noise reduction and saturation. Thanks.
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4319 Canada
13 Mar 2015 3:34PM
Thks. It looks like softening due to a lot of noise reduction. Looks nice.

dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1948 England
15 Mar 2015 2:33PM
Lovely as it is - only Tanya's removal of the logo is needed to make it perfect.

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