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Standing Watch

By Relic01  
An Ignushuk at the Marine Railway. I deepened 20, darkened 20 and contrast 10 to bring it out a bit. Added 29 saturation to liven the stnoe colours and croped a bit off the top when my attempts at cloning out the clouds were unsatisfactory. f12, 1/180, ISO 200 and 12 mm focal

Tags: General Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature



pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2288 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2015 6:30PM
I like the stones, Mike, for all their different shapes, sizes and textures, and the way the light plays differently upon each.

For my modification, I started with your original. Thankyou for adding it.

As to cloning the sky. I didn't do that. I used the Magic Wand to select the white parts of the sky, then filled that with the same blue as on the right side.

In my processing, I have been fairly gentle. I adjusted the contrast and did a Levels adjustment, then sharpened. I cloned out the foliage for a cleaner finish.

You cropped the top. I cropped top and bottom. Top obviously because there is too much sky. Then the bottom because I don't like a large area of out of focus rock in the foreground. It seems to draw my attention and distract my eye from your stones.
This is obviously caused by that bottom rock being too close to your camera. If you could avoid it, far better.

I had to try this in mono (see 2nd mod), as there wasn't too much colour initially.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
24 Sep 2015 7:33PM
Nicely done Pam, I tried to clone out the trees but my hand was not very steady, lol. "Magic Wand"? photoscape doesn't have that feature, nice results though. I tried mono as well but it became "blah". Thanks.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
24 Sep 2015 7:51PM
The original is quite good as it is Mike, and really doesnt need much, is anything to be removed.

It looks quite good, and natural against the sky, as Inukshuks are meant to be.

I used yu original for a mod. I like that out of focus foreground leading in. The mod is mainly a less tall crop (the original is 16 X 9), with the wires removed; white balance is closer to sunny, and hence warmer than the original, which appears cooler, more blue.


Relic01 11 8 Canada
24 Sep 2015 8:26PM
The warming adds an interesting dimension, I also like the out of focus lead in, I was happy to get what I was trying for that time.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
25 Sep 2015 10:40PM
Nothing to add to the above, in terms of the specific picture.

My suggestion is to try looking at the subject carefully before shooting, and try to work out exactly how it will look in your picture - whether this is a literal record, or an artistic interpretation...
Relic01 11 8 Canada
26 Sep 2015 12:41AM
I appreciate you, Willie and Pam reviewing and commenting. I always appreciate what you have to say. I like to look for the artistic interpretation of what I see but I am admittedly not so good at it, maybe I just haven't the eye yet. I wanted this to have a certain artistic feel and I think it does with the exception of the background.
I love the look of your photo's, and wish I had the same artistic eye as the three of you.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
26 Sep 2015 8:49PM
That eye will come, Mike.

I've nothing against the clouds though Pamela's mod does have a bolder cleaner look.
The stones have a well defined outline which makes the selection easier, but if you don't want to go through that or don't feel you can do it well, cloning out those power lines on the left is easier and would make a big difference.
Likewise, the tree on the right isn't a major issue for me but it does interfere with the outline of the stones and it's the sort of thing that a step to one side at teh time of taking would sort out. A few seconds at the time rather than more than a few seconds later on the computer.
skram 7 5 8 Italy
27 Sep 2015 6:32PM
Hi Mike, nice shape Smile

I would like to see this stones a little bit contextualized or maybe I would have tried to change the POV, too closer at the subject.

Good light!

Relic01 11 8 Canada
27 Sep 2015 8:08PM
"contextualized"? Now theres a term I do not know lol. Thanks (I think Smile)Grin
skram 7 5 8 Italy
27 Sep 2015 8:50PM
...thx to you for accepting my critics (Grin I think) Smile

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