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Dugout Canoe on Oxbow Lake

By handlerstudio  
Dougout canoes on an Oxbow lake in the Peruvian Rainforest in the vicinity of Puerto Maldonado off the Madre De Dios River. This area is now being ravaged by gold mining. The darkness for me gives a sense of mystery, and frames what is visible.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 8:32AM
The idea and composition is first class, but I cannot tell that is a dugout canoe. You needed a position where the silhouette tells you clearly what the subject is.


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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 9:45AM
A nice idea and I totally agree with Paul's comments above. In addition I do feel there is too much black surrounding your main subject so a little less would, I feel, help a lot.

Averil 11 3 South Africa
1 Feb 2013 10:18AM
I love this!
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 3:34PM
Should have been a really good record of an adventure but scene is beyond the capabilities of any camera using just one exposure.
I've done a mod whereI had a go at lightening the shadows but did not achieve much.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 7:01PM
I like this a lot, Peter. The ripples in the water are a nice element, as are the palm trees.
I think you did well to get the canoe inside the small area between the trees.
I feel there is too much black surrounding the scene, and so have cropped it in my modification.
I tried to lift the shadows, but didn't like the effect, and so left the silhouettes just as they are. When lifting the shadows, I discovered some people standing on the right side, just behind the diagonal piece of wood in the foreground, and assume this is where you took the picture from. The image is better without them, another good reason to leave the silhouettes alone. I just cloned out the faint outlines of the peoples' heads in the black area.
In my first modification,I increased saturation and used the hue slider to add a touch of colour.
In my second modification, I added a blue hue.
Of course, it would also look fine as a straightforward black and white, or even a golden sunset.

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