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Fishing with dad

By fourdavisons
A slow exposure taken of a father and son fishing at the end of a jetty at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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26 Mar 2009 8:28PM
Great atmospheric shot!
Lou_Pink 12 4 6 Northern Ireland
26 Mar 2009 8:29PM
This is just beautiful, fantastic composition, and such a touching image of a father and son spending quality time together. I have an uncle who lives in Port Macquarie, and I hope in the not to distant future to take some time out and visit this stunning place. Breathtaking image, well done

James_G 14 166 5
26 Mar 2009 8:42PM
Wonderful image. Very beautiful. Can't give any critique for two reasons, 1) I'm not that good 2) can't see anything wrong with this at all... James
26 Mar 2009 8:45PM
nice one
cirrusminor Plus
13 380 3 England
26 Mar 2009 8:52PM
Beautiful shot... beautiful moment... I know what its like to be the father on the end of the jetty Wink
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
26 Mar 2009 9:05PM
This is a quality shot of a very calm scene in really good light.

Its composed well with the horizon placed close to a third, and the horizon is level.

One niggle that can throw this off is the two posts in the foreground are not level, and can give the impression the shot is skewed when it not.

I have made the posts level in mod1, and removed them completely in mod2 for comparison.

In both, I have sharpened the image, cropped some from the bottom to place the horzon even closer to a third, and boosted the contrast and colour to make the best if this lovely scene.

I hope you fund this helpful, and welcome to EPZ,


Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
26 Mar 2009 9:10PM
wow, stonking shot - love it !!
derekhansen 13 210 24 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2009 9:10PM
On the whole I like the idea behind the composition and the light is wonderful. I am not sure about the posts at either side of the foreground though. They tend to distract the eye away from the focal point of the father and son. I also think that the figures at the end of the pier are a little too far away. I think if you had walked forward a further 6 foot it would have solved both the problems. That said you could easily sort both issues out by cropping in photoshop.
26 Mar 2009 9:13PM
Thanks ever so much for the comments and advice. I prefer the cropped version composition to my own - the posts were uneven and, although had annoyed me, I decided to leave them in to help frame the jetty - as you have proved, it works better without them. Thanks again for the help.
27 Mar 2009 9:25AM
Stevie, love the edit - way more dramatic than my pretty much straight-from-the-camera job. Your Photoshop expertise is way ahead of mine, would not know how to do the sky the way you have...must keep practising. Thanks again.
stevie 17 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:44PM
Hi Andy - thanks, glad you liked it. Replacing sky is actually very easy (some people like me have a 'stock' of skies just for this purpose). There are scores of tutorials all over the net if you do a 'replace sky in PS' search or something like that you'll discover there's not a lot to it (although a bit harder to do REALLY well!)

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