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Misty Windermere boats

By Bigpoolman
I rarely take this type of picture but quite liked it for a change. Seemed like the sort of day for isolating and closing in on some detail.

Hand held using the sigma lens with manual speed to compensate for camera shake and wide aperture to get some of the little light that there was but with auto ISO. Edited briefly in LR.

Little clue as to whether this is good, bad or indifferent and interested in comments


Tags: Autumn Lakes Windermere Landscape and travel 2017

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
25 Sep 2017 10:17PM
A nice idea - my ideal would be to make it rather lighter, but that is largely a matter of personal opinion.

Could you load the unprocessed original, please? I think, if nothing else, you've added a dark vignette...
Robert51 12 7 121 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2017 8:26AM
I like the shot but feel the placement of the boats in the frame a little strange. I feel this was done in the crop to capture the masts in the reflection. If you pull back a little you should be able to do both. Also if you use PS you can use the camera raw de-haze to add more or less mist to the scene.

These are just ideas to think about...
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
26 Sep 2017 9:04AM
The boats in the square frame look nice but why the vignette?
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4236 Canada
26 Sep 2017 2:13PM
Im not sure that aspect ration works well for the type of scene. The vignette is not really adding anythng.

Ive played with it a bit in the mod, a bit more width and brighter.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
26 Sep 2017 8:23PM
A calm misty high key scene suggests to me the use of a fade to white vignette rather than a dark vignette which I'd use for something darker and moodier. You may choose to differ of course and there could be situations where a darker vignette my be effective so I'd say never discount it.

I like your original framing thpugh a square crop would work better than your main image. Having said that, a portrait format would be good, emphasising the tallness of the masts and the reflection. As such Id experiment with varying the placement of the horizon, giving more emphasis to the reflection, giving more sky (trying negative space) and with it dead central (reflections and symmetry of them means this is a workable option).
Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
27 Sep 2017 2:41AM
It's interesting that you say it was a day for isolating and closing in on detail but then didn't really do that.
It's all a bit of a jumble to me, the boats are all overlying each other, it's not clear what my real focus should be on. The Guillemot brings some colour but unfortunately half the yacht is lost behind the small motor boat. I also feel that there isn't enough reflection to get the value from including the masts.
Overall the colours are flat, not helped by the mist.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1845 England
27 Sep 2017 10:08AM
As Keith says - I've doen a mod based on the original - lightened a lot with Levels, both midtones and highlights. And a narrow black border to hold it in against the white background...
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2017 6:26PM
And I've simply cropped your original, removed the slightly pinkish tone to the whole image (I used a Color Lookup adjustment layer in Photoshop, and the DropBlues.3DL preset) and then took down the saturation of the yellow Guillemot boat a touch.

Oh, and I also cloned out that flamin' red buoy on the right side of the image, because it was really dragging my eye! I kinda like the higgledy-piggledy cluster of boats as they are ... it's like a scrum and my eyes are enjoying the visual puzzle of working out which rigging belongs to which boat Wink

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
29 Sep 2017 5:57PM
I rather like the boats huddled together.
4 Oct 2017 8:59AM
Sorry about the delay in replying. Thanks for all the constructive comments and modifications with some great food for thought.


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