Guy Davies, EPSA  

Small Jetty, Ullswater by Guy Davies, EPSA

April 2021 - Small Jetty, Ullswater

April 2021 - Guy Davies, EPSA


About the Image(s)

How I Did It:
This image was taken last October during a brief opportunity to get out and about in the current restrictions. Paula and I had two days in the Lake District, about two hours drive from home due west from where we live in the northeast. We were able to get out for some hiking as the weather was dry “ it often rains in the Lake District as it is the wettest part of England (some parts of western Scotland may be even wetter). This day we did a walk part way along the shore of Ullswater which is the second largest in the Lake District at 9 miles long by 0.75 miles wide. The weather, although dry, was very overcast and it was something of a challenge to find pictures. I noticed this small construction of what I took to be a small jetty for getting into or out of small boats. The light was very poor but I used the jetty as a leading line to the tree with its feet in the water. The stony beach filled in the left side and the hills made a good background. Back home I processed the image entirely in ON1 RAW, brightening up the foreground and giving the contrast a little boost. I also selectively warmed up the jetty and the beach and darkened the top of the sky a little to hold the eye in. I have included the original from a screen shot for comparison.

15 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
A very interesting and pleasant little scene. I like these sort of intimate, peaceful moments. I find that my eye is drawn to the foreground as most of the scene in shown in cool colors and there are these eye arresting reds and oranges at the bottom. May I suggest crop ping from the bottom and removing the first of the pathway rocks. This eliminates much of the reds, but still retains the tall reeds in the center and a bit of the color on the left edge. But by eliminating some of the reds I feel my eye flows upward through the image a bit better.   Posted: 04/01/2021 13:13:23
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Larry. Thanks for your comments. I do appreciate the range of opinions we get on this forum. I think we all benefit.   Posted: 04/02/2021 04:34:16

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
You certainly did a wonderful job with the post processing. I like the orange and red colors at the bottom and wish they weren't cut off at the bottom. I think it adds a nice pop of color. I am happy you were able to out for a little while. I didn't know that the Lake District was so wet. Good to know if we get to go.   Posted: 04/01/2021 21:47:34
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Vella. When I took the shot everything appeared dull and grey so I didn't notice the colours at the base of the image. They only appeared when I was doing the post processing. If you ever do get over to this side of the big pond then let me know and maybe we can meet up. The Lake District is worth a visit at any time of the year. We also have the Yorkshire Dales not far away too. Not quite so rugged as the Lake District but very beautiful and not so wet! We also have some lighthouses on the north east coast for your husband.   Posted: 04/02/2021 04:41:49

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, in this group I do not only lean about photography, but learn new words in the English language (Jetty). This lake image has all the elements of a good landscape including the foreground given by the jetty, which in addition works as a leading line towards the midground composed by the shore line, bushes and small tree, with the added reflection, finishing our inspection at the background composed by the horizon line, mountains and the stormy looking sky/clouds. Your PP again was able to retrieve detail and colors, not seen in your original. By the sharpness of the image I assume it was a small f/stop.   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:30:13
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Isaac, apologies - I forgot to put the camera details up when I uploaded this image. Taken on my Lumix G9 micro 4/3 camera with the Leica 12-60 lens at 24 mm. Exposure was 1/100 at f/8 with ISO 200. As for the term "jetty" I am often caught out by the differences between US English and UK English. A jetty over here is normally a structure at the waterside or sticking out into the water for mooring ships. I could not see any other use for this stone structure than for getting into or out of a small boat. Life is full of wonderful variety!   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:41:52

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
You have a lovely shot here. Congratulation on being admirably restrained not to overdo the post-processing. Your result looks perfectly natural.
A jetty can also be built for the purpose of breaking wave action to prevent erosion, but it does not look like this situation warrants that. In the eastern USA, it is very common along the open Atlantic coast.   Posted: 04/04/2021 20:43:56
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Stephen, thanks for your comments. Thanks also for highlighting another meaning for the word "jetty". In the UK a structure built specifically to break wave action to prevent arosion would most likely be called a breakwater. As the French would say, "Vive la differance!"
Just to confuse things, in a harbour protected by a breakwater, the inward facing side in calm water might also be used as a jetty for mooring ships and boats.   Posted: 04/05/2021 04:05:01
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, we use the term breakwater also--lots of names for the same thing, and all the differences are very interesting.   Posted: 04/05/2021 09:55:07

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Guy, reading your description I sense that you did what every good photographer should do - that is work hard to find the right lines and the best composition for the image. To my eye you did a very good job with your choice of ISO, shutter speed and f/stop to get a sharp image on a cloudy day with what I assume is a handheld shot.

It seems to me that of the 3 layers, the foreground should be the strongest and "carry" the image. To that end in the VF I put the image into DxO Color Efex Pro 4 and used Tonal Contrast to bring out more of the detail in the shallow water to the left of the rock and on the leaves at the very bottom. To me this helps hold my eye on the fixation point in the foreground. Was that what you intended for the viewer? if not, bounce back and let me know. Thanks for sharing this image.   Posted: 04/05/2021 10:04:43
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Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Interesting interpretation, Gary. I was looking for the leading line of the stone jetty to take the eye into the image, to the nearer tree, on to the other tree and then back along the stony beach to the foreground and on to the stone jetty again. Having the strong memory of just how dull it was that day, I tried not to make the colours too vivid. Your interpretation is different, not held back by the memory of the dull day, so you have given the viewer a stronger foreground to hold the attention with the middle ground and background as supporting image content. Taking an objective view, I really don't know which I prefer.   Posted: 04/05/2021 11:15:04
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Isn't that exactly what's great about this opportunity to dialogue. We get to see both our own interpretation of the image as well as those of our viewers and then decide which is stronger or more touches the heart. Thanks for giving me more information on what you intended.   Posted: 04/05/2021 11:23:36
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I agree. That's what I like about this forum - and we get to know one another too, which is a pleasant bonus.   Posted: 04/05/2021 11:31:23
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Isn't that exactly what's great about this opportunity to dialogue. We get to see both our own interpretation of the image as well as those of our viewers and then decide which is stronger or more touches the heart. Thanks for giving me more information on what you intended.   Posted: 04/05/2021 11:23:37

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Guy
Like you I know the weather vagaries of the Lake District so well, usually huddled under an umbrella but like you the beauty and ultra fresh air draw you back with anticipation I know exactly the sort of day you describe and congratulate you on getting so much out of this image,the sapling and the bush really balance the image and the distant hills shrouded in the usual, cloud you have so captured the essence of the Lakes.   Posted: 04/14/2021 12:47:06


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