Bob Legg  

Rickport Motif Creative by Bob Legg

September 2020 - Rickport Motif Creative

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Processed in Luminar and Topaz Glow filter. My thought was that an image of a well recognized subject would need to have impact by being different than the others. Hopefully, I’ve done that. Image was taken at iso 640, f11, 1/15 sec with my 28-300 at 38mm. Yes, it was around 7:30AM in October and raining and not nearly as bright as I have made the image. Your thoughts?

9 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Bob, it is like a painting! The composition is beautiful, and you have used just the right degree of opacity of the filter to bring out the structures. I especially love the way the stones of the pier have turned out, and the hues on the water as well. The red pops up very effectively, like the building were illuminated by the setting/rising sun. I wonder how a slightly softer hue would look like. However, the longer I look at the picture, the more I like the color combination.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:55:56

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Kirsti. My wife also thought the red was too bright, its normal color is a darker red. I thought the brighter red was better in the reflection, the darker color would get lost in the dark water. I also wanted to convince regular photographers of this scene that I intended to make a photo painting and not have someone say that the hue was wrong on my building. I've you might not of viewed the original in Rockport Massachusetts, here is the .jpeg of my Raw with no edits.   Posted: 09/10/2020 14:22:28
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David Brown   David Brown
So funny I was just in Rockport Saturday, took a few shots of this myself (of course). Totally agree Motif 1 has been photographed so many times it warrants trying something very different. I like how bright it is. Did you just use the filter on the building? The sky looks normal here   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:13:39
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hi Dave. It had started to rain, so I thought I should not swap out the sky. I used the filter on the building water and stones. I used the Topaz HSL color to make the Motif a brighter red. I believe I masked out the sky. So you checked out Rockport on a nice fall day? We have been staying close to home. No fun walking around with mask on warm/hot days.   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:45:28

David Brown   David Brown
Hi Bob, Went up with a friend to shoot the sunrise from Front Beach, then wandered down to the docks afterwards. Think we saw 5 people :) Thankfully wasn't too hot at that hour.   Posted: 09/17/2020 21:00:06

Joan Field   Joan Field
Your work on this really brings out the image. No need to have it look realistic on such a dull day, as you show in your original picture. It's fun to look at it and admire the wonderful red texture you've created and the lobster pot boys on the side of the building. I would be a little careful of the slant of the images as it looks like it's tipping toward the right. Your treatment makes the reflection a thing of beauty, as well.   Posted: 09/19/2020 14:55:28
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Joan. With all the texture lines, my alignment grid lines were too faint for me to notice. I used the grid on the original and found that the chimney was fine, but the vertical orientation was off slightly causing the tipping to the right. Corrected it on the original and then used that correction on the final. Then I needed to crop top and upper part of both sides. It was caused by my slanting the camera down to include the reflection in the water. Good learning experience.   Posted: 09/19/2020 16:45:18
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Jeri Conklin   Jeri Conklin
Bob, I know this fishing shack in Rockport, Mass. I was there in '75 -'76 and back in the early 80s. It got hit by a hurricane or nor'easter sometime between then. I have a 70s photo but it had not been rebuilt the last time I was there. Such an iconic photograph. I like what you did with it, the texture and reflection. Brings back good memories.   Posted: 09/21/2020 11:03:20
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks Jeri. Glad I was able to bring you fresh memories of this beautiful place.   Posted: 09/21/2020 11:18:00


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