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The bridge

By Relic01  
Taken in Hardy Lake recently. Processing included neg. Gamma bright, a bottom crop, and a slight deepening. It was a very warm and sunny day with very cold water (I verified that by swimming earlier, lol). I am hoping it conveys a sens of beauty and remoteness. I will post the SOC soon

Tags: Lake Bridges Landscape and travel



TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2016 2:10PM
That looks like a beautiful location, and it certainly does convey a sense of remoteness and isolation. Sometimes it's nice to have a human figure in images as, as well as giving a sense of scale, it can alleviate that sense of loneliness.

But I don't think this one needs a human Smile

One thing I do see here, particularly underneath the canopies of the trees, is a slight blue shade. That can happen, as light in shady areas can often show up blueish, and your Auto white balance probably wouldn't try and correct for that. But in a way it does make the scene feel too cold. And your lovely blue water looks more inviting than offputting, to be honest ...

So my quick mod does a couple of things. Using your SOC shot as the basis I've corrected the horizontal tilt, and adjusted the exposure a bit for more contrast. I then warmed up the tree area and dropped the blues from the water area.

The other thing is that this would make a very nice mono conversion too. With the trees darkened down quite a bit and the water too, you could leave that rickety old bridge across the middle as the only seeming point of safety in the image ...

See what you think of the mod anyway. It's fine if it's too bland to your eyes, compared to your original. I was trying to work with your isolation / remoteness / beauty thoughts in your description.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
22 Apr 2016 2:23PM
Hi Tanya
I like the mod, it maintained the isolation and actually increased the remoteness/lonesomeness a bit as, to me, it moves the season closer to fall (due primarily to the gray(er) water).
It works for me albeit on a different plane.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2016 8:57PM
It doesn't look as if you had any other choice of viewpoint here, Mike. I say this because it would have been good to have an angle on the bridge, instead of it simply going across the frame.

You present the bridge with an equal amount of your frame to its top and bottom, whereas it's usually more pleasing to have more in one area. Since there is little of interest in the water area, that would be your choice for cropping. In my modification I have cropped to leave one third water to two thirds trees on the vertical.
I used your original image, the SOC, and firstly straightened it using the water line. This gives a little slant to the bridge, and although this could be avoided by using the bottom of the bridge as your leveller, I feel it's more true to use the waterline.

I have also cropped the sides, giving the large rocks a bit more presence, but giving the bridge the larger part of the frame on the horizontal.
I adjusted contrast, then brightened the bridge selectively, to help it stand out better from the background.

dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
22 Apr 2016 11:28PM
Tanya's mod works well, in several ways. One of them is simply that the tones have more weight than the original: I think the darker tones of the trees have caused a little overexposure, and a tiny bit of negative compensation might have been really good when shooting. Again, check the histogram, and reshoot if necessary...

The simple way to do this in processing is with Levels, if you have that facility (a very stripped-down Curves).
Relic01 11 8 Canada
23 Apr 2016 1:40AM
dudler et all, I think Photoscapes does have the capacity but it is I that does not at this time, lol On another note, it appears the Fuji has suffered a near fatal flaw from our unintended swim, It no longer works on anything but "auto". It is time, I can delay no longer....now, simply hunt for the best price and move forward! lol The mystery blur that has plagued me will soon be answered!
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
23 Apr 2016 2:42PM
You know you want to...

And one thought - it can be worth while to buy locally, at a higher price, for the sake of getting good advice, and being able to go back repeatedly to ask more questions... This only works if you have an old-fashioned camera shop, but if you have, please consider it, rather than the web!
Relic01 11 8 Canada
23 Apr 2016 3:08PM
I agree, I will be buying local, most likely from Henry's.

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