Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

Hole with a View by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

November 2019 - Hole with a View

About the Image(s)

Hole with a view was created in January 2017 in a fishing village outside La Havana-Cuba using a Nikon D5 with the Nikkor lens 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 105 mm and with these settings: ISO 400, f/16 and with three different exposures times (HDR), two sets of images one focused on the wood, and the other set focused on the fort across the water. The two sets were processed in Aurora HDR, and then aligned and blended in photoshop.
It was close to noon on a very bright day. This rusted looking wall was the remnant of a boat just sitting on the sea shore. The hole was very low and close to the ground so I had to lie on my back and do a slight abdominal crunch to face directly the hole with the camera. The view was in the other side of the bay and it looks like the remnant of a Spanish fort, during their control time of Cuba. The image was cropped as to straightening the horizontal lines of the glued wood.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Good concept Isaac, and your 2 images brought sharpness to the entire image. The Castle wall was canted to the right so I put your rendering into PS, entered the letters A and T with the ctrl button depressed and straitened the Castle by dragging my mouse from the lower right corner until the vertical line was established. I found the buildings on the right a distraction. You might consider using Content Aware to fill that area in with a portion of the foreground.   Posted: 11/03/2019 19:28:54
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Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I love it! Really makes me think Havana. I think that the combination is brilliant. To be honest, I don't see any problems with the alignment.   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:35:26

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
Wow what a great spot I wonder how many photographers have walked past this camera in hand and never even noticed the photo opportunity brilliant idea really well produced love things like this that are so out of the ordinary keep those eyes peeled and the camera to hand.   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:28:05
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Thanks Ian, this is what it looked like.....   Posted: 11/11/2019 17:58:44
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Thanks for for posting the original Isaac I can see why the gymnastics were needed but so well worth it great spot.   Posted: 11/16/2019 14:27:26

Thomas Wiemer   Thomas Wiemer
A nice composition and a very good idea with the "focus stacking" in a different way.   Posted: 11/14/2019 02:10:41

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
(Group 33)
Hi, I am visiting from group 33. I found your exchange of leveling very interesting. I frequently have problems leveling images. I have found that the water needs to be level. Buildings, fences and most other things may lean but water levels itself. I feel that your water is not level. Try leveling the water, if the wood is not level you may want to level it prior to combining the images. Really nice vision and post processing work.   Posted: 11/18/2019 13:10:21
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Elizabeth, sometimes your eyes play games on you, and you get carried away with the les important issues, in this case the wood, and the most important here, the water, got overlooked. Thanks   Posted: 11/18/2019 13:22:42
Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
(Group 33)
You are so correct. I often marvel that I missed a dust spot or distracting piece of trash. We zero in on what first engaged us and fail to see many things that grab others. Hence the value of these reviews.   Posted: 11/20/2019 12:37:15

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Superb image Isaac! As Ian says, most people would have walked sraight past this and not seen it as a photo opportunity. I too felt that the fort and the water were leaning a little to the right. Well done Erik for spotting this and straightening it up.   Posted: 11/19/2019 15:43:16

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
A very interesting image. We photographers have a keen eye for the unusual view. I note that others have commented on the horizon line. That too is an issue. However, One issue that I picked up on is the reflections off the foreground painted surfaces. Perhaps a polarizer would have knocked these down or eliminated them.   Posted: 11/27/2019 11:08:03