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River Reflections

By Allistairg1964
Taken along the 6 mile water Antrim the reflection caught my eye
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Sony a7ii
Sony 70-400mm at 150mm
shutter speed 1/500

Tags: Boat Transport

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
13 Jan 2021 2:08PM
A nice mirror shot. The reflection is lovely.

It needs a slight CW rotation to get the reflections perpendicular with the subject, - not a lot. It would look better less cramped, with more space at the front of the boat, but perhaps there were obstacles around requiring a crop.

Theres quite a wide dynamic range here, and I tried to lighten shadows and tone down highlights a little in the mods.

I also tried a sepia toned mon to see how this would look.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2021 2:10PM
That's nice. My main thought though - you have a 50/50 split between reality and reflection, with the frame looking slightly cramped top and bottom.

The alternative would be to decide which is the more important. Wider angle, assuming that you could not step back much further, use portrait format, and then either 2/3 reality with more height for the trees, 1/3 reflection; or vice versa, 1/3 reality, 2/3 to give greater depth to the reflection.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1809 England
13 Jan 2021 2:50PM
I can see that crop as being about isolating the boat from a busy background - while I'm a great believer in tight crops, this feels as if it needs more space to breathe, and possibly more context - or would that shatter an illusion?

It would be interesting to see the original full frame.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
13 Jan 2021 3:43PM
I have to agree with the above comments, I do like this image but it does need a slight rotation and quite a bit more space.

Willies first mod has demonstrated the rotation very well and I like the warmer tones he has introduced too.
The reflections are good, nice and clear but it's widthways which needs to breathe.
Think of the shape of the boat...lovely textures there is longer than it is high, I would have pulled out a little with the lens to include more width or indeed used a much wider lens, although you have room to manoeuvre with the 70-400.

The light is lovely and your exposure has worked well.
Would be really advantageous to see your original frame before post processing happened.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1809 England
13 Jan 2021 4:56PM
Picking up on Janet's mention of colour... I use an Alpha 7, and I tend to stick to daylight white balance, as I did with film when I used large quantities of slide film. AWB tends to give a blue look, for some reason - and this is consistent between camera manufacturers.

Maybe the best route is to treat it as yet another creative choice to make - choose a white balance that conveys the feeling that you want your image to have. For most people, warm is generally more appealing than a cool look.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2021 7:15PM
A good reflection and some striking colours, Allistair.

I have used Willie's modification to do one of my own, where I simply added canvas to the right side, stretching the image across it. This gives you the idea of a composition that gives the boat more space in front of it. It looks less cramped and allows for a bit more context.
This is the idea of Negative Space, with some tips HERE.
If this is a crop from a larger frame, you might like to re-think your cropping.

The opposite to leaving your subject breathing space is to Fill The Frame with your subject, which you have successfully done. See which composition you feel works best.
If in doubt at the time of shooting, leave some space all around and choose how to crop it later.

chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
13 Jan 2021 7:41PM
That is a really good mod by Pamela, it demonstrates just how much better this image would look with more space...well done Pamela !
dark_lord Plus
16 2.8k 749 England
13 Jan 2021 8:04PM
I agree about the cropping, and it would be good to see the complete frame, to see if there were obstacles and to refine suggested alternatives.

Slight warming, as in Willies mod, does help and makes the most of that attractive low winter sun.
Auto White Balance is the issue and while it's got a close result you need to assess the image and take control. Shooting RAW would allow more flexibility but as only a small adjustment is necessary working on a jpg is fine.
The approach would be the same however, using the white balance picker to sample the white paint of the boat. You may want to try several points to see which gives the most pleasing result, though the first place to try would be the bow that's just in shade and whichis very slightly blue.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
15 Jan 2021 3:04PM
Have any of the above comments helped you? Have we given you ideas to think about, processing suggestions to try?
Would be really nice to have your views here.

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