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Huon River boats

By david1810
I am just getting into photography and would love to improve my skills.

I would like some critique/mods of my image and the processing, I use Lightroom 4.


Tags: General Transport Landscape and travel

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
1 Feb 2013 6:45AM
This is a lovely photo Dave !!GrinGrin Very well taken !

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1 Feb 2013 7:32AM
Superb light, brilliant colours and reflections
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 8:34AM
A fine image. The colours are quite intense and possibly a little un-natural. However, the result is a strong image with a pleasing composition and well handled highlights. Not much to improve.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 9:42AM
A super image and I quite like the colours which have rich depth. One thing about which you had no control at the exposure stage is the two part boats top right breaking in at the frame edge - I thought it would be a nice idea to get rid of them hence the mod which I have uploaded. I know the mooring post has gone but with care you could easily leave it in - it was a quick mod to give you the idea.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2013 5:51PM
I like the vertical format, David, the way the mooring rope of the foreground boat comes down to the bottom frame, and the placing of the three boats. I think Frank's modification is just what I would have suggested, and three is a very good number for any composition. You have captured the rippled reflections well, and your colours are fine for my taste.
With the aperture you chose, you have good detail throughout.
Your exposure is good, and the lighter colours are full of detail.
The angle of shooting makes the shot more interesting and allows us to see the contents of the foreground boat.
The boats are a little tight in the frame, and you might like to consider having more water on the left side. I have added some in my modification, but still think the image could take a little more. It gives the boats a bit more breathing space, and also gives the viewer the impression of there being a lot of water all around. I wanted to straighten the gangway at the top left of the image, but the straightening removed some of the edges and it therefore needed cropping. I didn't want to crop it any tighter, and so left it as it was. Also, I didn't remove the two part boats top right, Frank has done a good job on that.
david1810 6 1 Australia
1 Feb 2013 11:02PM
Hi Frank and Pamela

thanks heaps for your comments. I noticed the 2 boats intruding into the top corner, however I don't think I can remove them using Lightroom? I intend to lean photoshop after I feel more confident with Lightroom.

Pamela - thanks for the breathing comment I can see exactly what you mean and I will return to my original and see if I can improve the image.

Thanks again, it is great to know I am heading in the right direction.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
2 Feb 2013 1:35AM
HI David. You can remove the upper boats in LR by using the crop tool and cropping them out.

The shot has a few small issues. It needs darker areas to be a little lighter, and bright areas to have highlights toned downl colour balance is too cold for me, and its very oversaturated, The mod Ive loaded is desaturated to - 15 in Photoshop.

Have a look and see what you think.

By the way, make sure your monitor is calibrated, - theres a free online programme called Calibrize might be useful if you dont have a Spyder or the like ( I know, not shortage of spiders in Oz)


david1810 6 1 Australia
2 Feb 2013 7:15AM
Hi Willie

I will take your advice and have another go at processing. In Scott Kelby's lightroom book he did a chapter on a high contrast method which I used for this image. I will have another go using a more standard approach. I have not calibrated my monitor so I will investigate my options.

When you get to Oz dont worry about the spiders the snakes sharks and crocodiles are far more dangerous.

thanks again


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