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Boating in winter morning ....

By Manas
Boat floats in lazy morning soaked in winter sun....

Tags: Landscape water Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2016 9:01PM
A tranquil scene with good reflections, Manas.
You balanced the scene nicely, showing a boat house and boats, helping the viewer to find a story in the image.
You have nice detail throughout, and zooming in on the men in the boat shows good focus there, too.

I can't help feeling that, had you waited a while longer, the men might have taken the boat further down the river, and hopefully closer to you, helping to put them into the large blank area in the foreground where the sky is being reflected.

You have put the water's edge central in the frame, which usually works fine with reflection images like this. However, I felt it might look better with one third far background and two thirds water on the vertical, so have done a modification like that, to see what you think. This removes the vastness of blank sky and makes the sky reflection less insignificant.

I lifted the shadows to get a bit more definition in the dark shaded areas, and reduced brightness to tone down the very light areas, such as the boats and mens' shirts, because you shot this in the middle of the day when the light was bright.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2016 1:07PM
Your image here is a thin crop across the middle giving a letterbox format. You do no need all that sky or foreground water. I would crop to a fraction above the trees in both sky and reflection.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
20 Dec 2016 7:05PM
It looks as if this was shot in sunlight, but the EXIF data shows an exposure suiting a very low light level... And spot metering... Odd. Not my choice, certainly.

Could you please post the unedited original, so we can see what you had to work with?

I find it hard to understand what went on, technically.

Aesthetically, Pamela's said most of it, and Paul offers a very different crop for a completely different view of the same scene...
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
20 Dec 2016 9:39PM
The exif data doesn't look right to me either for this image and scene.

There's no interest in the expanse of foreground and sky. the viewer's attention is solely on the boats and figures.
You should have concentrated on this, using the telephoto end of your lens, not 17 mm.

This needs a slight clockwise rotation. This is a crop as it isn't the camera's normal aspect ratio so you could have rotated this at the same time as cropping. It's always something to check where you have water as anything other than straight is very noticeable.

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