Wes Smith  

End of the Storm by Wes Smith

February 2021 - End of the Storm

February 2021 - Wes Smith


About the Image(s)

This is one the lighthouses in Akranes, Iceland
1/15, F13, ISO64
35mm(Olympus EM1.2 M.Zuiko 12-40)
Didn’t have a tripod. I braced myself well and the Olympus stabilisation really works well

I believe I converted to BW in PS but most of the processing was done in LR.
Literally 1000 iterations of various develop settings. I’m learning Lumenzia now, and would use that if I was to redo it.

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

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the image and your conversion to mono. You might want to consider a tighter crop so as to focus more attention on the lighthouse.   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:15:42
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Excellent composition. Every element contributes to the sense of place and mood, and they flow smoothly together. Strong diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines guide our eyes through the scene.   Posted: 02/08/2021 11:54:19

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I really enjoy your composition and the strength of the lines that guide the eye through the frame.

The conversion for me lack impact. I feel the abundance of greys makes the image feel "muddy" and would prefer to see some truer blacks to produce shadow and add depth. Perhaps more of an Ansel Adams zone approach to the conversion.   Posted: 02/09/2021 13:14:56

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Hi Wes, I liked that you emphasized the sky/clouds more to add drama and utilized leading lines to direct the viewer through the image.

I think Jim Hagan's tighter crop improves the image as it increases focus on the important elements. You might also benefit by an off center vignette that would direct the viewers eye to the main interest of the image, rather than the brighter sky on the right. By using Lumenzia and selecting the correct mask, you may be able to add a curves adjustment layer to brighten the lighthouse slightly to make it more prominent in the image.

Iceland is an impressive location, so I hope to see more of your images in the future.

  Posted: 02/10/2021 16:26:24

Wes Smith   Wes Smith
Thank you for the very constructive comments.
Let me play with it a bit and I'll try to post an update back here.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:54:40

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like the image a great deal, but I concur with the others about the processing. I also prefer Jim's crop. There's also a bit of fringing around the lighthouse. I'm also looking forward to seeing more from Iceland. It's a wonderland for photographers.   Posted: 02/20/2021 16:13:18

Wes Smith   Wes Smith
Here it is with Jim's crop suggestion and a bit darker/dramatic.
The lighthouse 'wanted' to have a halo with almost any adjustment at this point
I've fixed it a bit but it could still be better.   Posted: 02/20/2021 17:20:16
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