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boats on Redditch lake

By ianball
I tried to get a framed silloette shot. Had to crop a bit, not to much though. Comments would be appreciated.

Tags: Landscape and travel


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 6:35PM
I rather like the effect here. Well composed and the lighting is goid. Highlights on the water a bit bright, but you seem to get away with it. Much less exposure would ruin the effect on the boats sails. Daft, I know, but might just clone out the red marker bouys.


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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2088 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 9:17PM
Quite an atmospheric scene, Ian, using the trees and foliage to frame the boats, and having those sails set against the dark trees in the background. It works well, and the boats are nicely grouped and placed well in the frame. The viewer's eye is immediately drawn to the group of boats because of your use of the natural framing.

You were shooting into the light and trying for a silhouette, but it's only the trees and foliage that have become silhouetted, not the boats, because of the dark background behind the sails. You had the right conditions, although your sky could have been a bit brighter, but you didn't have exactly the right scene for the boats to become silhouetted. They have to be blocking the sun's light.
Despite all of that, I do like the scene and the way the low light has created a moody atmosphere.

The site isn't picking up your Exif details of your camera settings. Without them it is difficult to give a detailed critique and to make comments or give advice on your camera settings.
You can add them here by clicking on the Options button below your picture, then on Edit photo, then at Edit photo information click on the Exif tab. Complete the boxes, then click on Save. I'm sure you know where to find that information but for reference, open the picture on your hard drive, right click on it, click on Properties, and then Details.

There is very little colour in the image because of the low light, and I wasn't sure whether to do a mono or a colour version in my modification. I went for the colour, which is there, and only needed to be revealed. It's subtle, but that's okay for the early or late part of the day, whichever it may be.

First, I cropped the right and bottom. The little triangle of green bank in the bottom left of the frame is distracting, simply because there is only a little bit of still draws the eye from your scene in the centre. I felt there were too many trees on the right side and that by diminishing their width, they were not fighting for attention, and your boats became more of a feature, rather than the trees.

I lifted the shadows, reduced the highlights, increased the saturation and sharpened. I cloned in a few twigs and bits of subtle water into the bright highlighted area in the water, which had lost all definition because it was overexposed at the time of shooting, although a very effective contrast against the other dark areas in the scene.
I still wasn't too happy with the boat sails, so I used the Dodge Tool to lighten them.

I fully appreciate that this isn't the image you were aiming for, but I do hope you approve of what I have done.


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