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Boats in Winter by Piers Blackett

April 2021 - Boats in Winter

April 2021 - Piers Blackett


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I found a lake scene in January during the sunset hour and was impressed by the colors and reflections. I took the picture at f/11.0, 50mm, 1/320, ISO 320 and did minimal post-processing and cropped to a portrait dimension.

12 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
The concept here is very interesting. However, although the bare branches signify winter there are so many that they become distracting. Maybe if you had gotten closer to the shoreline you might have been able to eliminate some. I think you may have been caught between aa rock and a hard place in trying to execute this to its best advantage.   Posted: 04/01/2021 19:24:59
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks. Yes - you are right, closer would mean falling into icy water. I had considered some cloning out some of the branches but decided not to because of the gradient.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:05:49

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I agree with Beverly. Despite the fact that I love the soft light on the sailboats and their subsequent reflection, there is conflict between the bare branches, which indicate Winter, and the joy of pleasure sailing in wonderfuly warm waters.
I might have tried to move away from the branches and attempted to put another element of interest in the foreground to add to create more of a story.   Posted: 04/01/2021 21:03:33
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great advice - I could not find a worthwhile foreground other than the branches.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:07:38

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Funny, I was so mesmerized by the vertical lines created by the boats and reflection that the branches did not inhibit my response to the photograph at all. Superb lighting for the capture and the crop is exactly what was needed. I love to photograph boats so this was great fun to see.   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:36:22
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks - great to have your feed-back   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:08:21

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Wow, this light is what every photographer hopes to find! I like the format of the original better than the portrait crop. I probably would have cropped as a 17x11 or 16x9. I also find the branches on the bottom left to be a bit much. Perhaps if you were able to move left or right just a bit, some of them could have been avoided and the image would not have been so straight on. I do realize, that's not always possible. Great color tones!   Posted: 04/02/2021 11:24:30
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great advice. Thanks.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:09:36

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
I love the light in this image, however I do feel that the foreground branches create a "barrier" into the image.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:21:07
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks, I agree. The best option I can come up with is to crop so that the hulls are at the one third line, thus taking out the majority of the branches.   Posted: 04/04/2021 14:45:39
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Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love how the boats are all lined up waiting for spring. To me the focal point of the image is the reflection, and the trees don't bother me. Instead of the re-crop that you did, I would suggest cropping more off the top--just above the tips of the booms (is that what they're called?) and not cropping anything from the bottom because I love the reflections. Is the water running down hill slightly to the right or is it my eyes?   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:38:16
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thank-you. The hulls are now in the middle third. Because of the dark water on the left it may have that effect I think.   Posted: 04/11/2021 11:00:35
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