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Aftrenoon Siesta

By salopian
All seemed to have gone quiet after lunch and I was able to find this clourful boat in the shade of the trees with some dappled light coming through. Taken some years ago with an excellent Konica Minolta Dimage A200 ( why did I get rid of it ! ) which seems to have handled the contrast quite well.
I wanted to get the reflection of the bow in the water but, on reflection ( oh dear !) I am wondering if a crop off the bottom would improve the shot?.


Tags: Canal Narrow Landscape and travel Tyrley

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banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
14 Mar 2015 3:41PM
It is a nice shot. I had a dImage, and it was good, but ISO noise was horrible above 200.

The only way to compare is to crop and see how it looks.

I did a few tweaks on tone, sharpness, and have 3 mods, one of which has the top cropped, one has the bottom cropped out, and one is as it is, with additional space on the right.

The added space version is one I prefer, - what do you think?


pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2276 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2015 7:59PM
I like this, Geoff, there's always something about longboats, especially colourful ones, that I find attractive. It may be the serene and carefree way of travel, the colours and shapes, I don't know.

I looked at Willie's modifications and I think it's the one with the extra space on the right that I like the best.

Mine is a bit different.
On a sunny day, it's an advantage to find a boat in the shade, and I've been lucky enough to have that happen. However, I feel your image might benefit from some brghtening, which will bring out more detail on the boat, and boost the colours as well. What I'm saying is that the shade has been an advantage for you exposure-wise, but the image doesn't have to stay dark.

I wanted to isolate the boat, so I cloned out the one behind, filling in with foliage and its reflection in the water.
I also wanted to see the complete reflection of the front lamp, so I added canvas to the bottom and filled it in.
I then brightened the image overall, lifted the shadows, reduced the highlights and did a small Levels adjustment.

I personally think the front reflection should stay. I always feel it's a shame to crop out a reflection when you felt, at the time of shooting, that it should be there, and captured it well. Anyway, I would have wanted some space at the bottom, in front of the boat.

Now that the brightness of the boat behind has been removed, you are still left with some strong dappled light bottom left which could be cloned out now that the image has been brightened, but I didn't do it because I quite like it.

I like your inclusion of the canal edge and grass, and the angle you got on the boat too.

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2015 9:44AM
A decent image with some strength. The lighting is against you a bit with the background more brightly lit than the boat. The wrong way round. You may be able to help with the dodge and burning in tools used with care

salopian 11 3 28 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2015 10:51AM
Willie - interesting ideas in the mods and I agree, the one with the added space looks v good.
I used to use the A200 at ISO50 or 100 where possible and the EVF was poor, but the lens was excellent
Pamela - a wonderfully detailed mod - removal of the boat behind has improved the image no end and your other adjustments have made the shot look cleaner and fresher. The full headlight in the reflection is a nice touch.
Paul - I tried some light burning on the rear boat but my amateur efforts were not very good. Cloning it out seems to have worked well.
Thanks again for all your thoughts and mods,


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