Joan Funk  

Big Lagoon by Joan Funk

August 2019 - Big Lagoon

August 2019 - Joan Funk


About the Image(s)

While I was walking on the boardwalk at Big Lagoon State Park, Florida, I saw a man in an orange kayak enter an s-curve of water from the Intracoastal Waterway. I hurried to get into a position to photograph him in the s-curve.

I took this image with a Sony RX100 M6 camera at 1/200 second, f/6.3, ISO 125 around 6pm in May 2019. Although it was getting darker, I did not have time to change my photo settings, but would have raised both the shutter speed and ISO if I had time. I lightened the photo in Lightroom by raising the exposure and decreasing the shadows. I also increased the texture, clarity, and vibrance a bit, and then in Topaz AI Adjust, I chose Morning Dew, and decreased the opacity to 48%.

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12 comments posted

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
You certainly turned what, to me, was a rather dull image into an interesting one. I like the way the reeds curve to draw my eye to the kayaker. To my eye, cropping the image and increasing the vibrance makes the kayaker "pop" and become the main focus of the scene. I also think having the tree on the right helps to balance the image. Overall, it communicates to me a tranquil day on the water.

My only suggestion would be to consider a 16:9 aspect ratio. For me, that would help further to focus my attention on the kayaking activity.   Posted: 08/01/2019 14:27:08

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Joan, I am wondering is we really have two stories here, one about the curve of the water and the other about how colorful the kayak and man appear. I am wondering is converting to black and white with only the kayak/man in color would help. I also feel that cropping would add to this image. The beauty is in the flowing water. Although the sky has a few interesting clouds, they do not hold the beauty of the flowing water lines that you captured so well.   Posted: 08/02/2019 19:27:48
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Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Joan, unfortunatelly you didn't have time to set the camera good. The kayaker is not very sharp. I prefere Terry's crop, because a lot of sky is uninteresting. And the kayaker on your photo is very near to the edge of photo. But I would keep colors.   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:41:02

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
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Joan, your composition is excellent with the reeds coming in from the right taking you straight to the kayaker. I think it would be even stronger if you were to crop out much of the sky, and also take out some of the plain water in the foreground so that the base of the reeds gets close the bottom right corner. I would also push up the contrast and darken the sky a little.   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:25:32

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Good composition with the S curve and kayaker. I would crop off the dead tree or remove it with content aware fill, and increase sky contrast. The sky is noisy and that can be smoothed with a variety tools. Tells a good story.   Posted: 08/14/2019 23:52:17

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
Hi Joan:
Did my Study Group discussion go to your web page. If so... would you please post it for me. I can't remember all my comments. Thanks   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:48:57
Joan Funk   Joan Funk
I don't know what you mean. I don't see any discussion on my web page. Sorry.
  Posted: 08/15/2019 15:30:50

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
I liked the 'Z' composition. The image says a story. I think you missed a good lighting and contrast in the sky on the day. I think you can trim the dull sky more. I have two cropping suggestions. One is a panoramic view and other more tight one with building and Kayaker at 1/3 positions.   Posted: 08/16/2019 02:13:20
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Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
I used blue filter at 25% too   Posted: 08/16/2019 02:14:02
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Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
I'm an outdoors person so I really like this image. I see the image as a "waterscape" with the Kayaker giving us a guided tour through the image. We see where he came from but do not know which direction he will go next. He might go straight or make a sharp right turn and go thru the narrow reed channel; or head toward us/where the photo was taken. Keep the tree in the top right corner because it draws us back to that corner of the waterway but I would crop just the sky... down just above that tree top. If you crop the bottom portion you are limiting our view of those beautiful curves through out the image. Of all the options, I like your image best.   Posted: 08/16/2019 09:55:00

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
My thanks to all of you for your comments. I tried all your suggestions to see what I like best - and I feel that the image is now much improved.

  Posted: 08/16/2019 11:27:08
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Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Good   Posted: 08/17/2019 11:47:55