Al Swanson  

Lake Michigan Fishing Boat by Al Swanson

January 2021 - Lake Michigan Fishing Boat

January 2021 - Al Swanson


About the Image(s)

It was on last autumn’s short vacation to Door County, Wisconsin, that we strolled into a small fishing marina and I noticed this white fish boat tied at the dock. I thought the shadows and the position of the boat were very interesting but I really hated the background and the busyness of what surrounded the boat. Nevertheless I shot it. In postprocessing I opened it in Photoshop and added some brightening features and saturation. I also used the Gausian blur filter to try and mute the background as much as I could. I cropped the image to eliminate some of the busy background to the right side. Then I put it into Studio 2 and sharpened the detail as well as adjusting some contrast.

10 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Happy New Year everyone and congratulations Al, for being the first member to participate this year.
Fishing marinas offer a verity of subject matter to photograph, but I am always fascinated with the colorful water reflections available. Naturally, my eye went immediately to your reflection. I flipped it vertically. I then rotated to level it and cropped with Content Aware checked. I left part of the actual boat at the bottom, to serve as a base. I then cleaned some distracting images which popped up from Content Aware. Because of the motion in the water, each water reflections is different and they give the appearance of a painting.   Posted: 01/01/2021 11:31:41

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
  Posted: 01/01/2021 18:24:38
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
PS: I also stretched the canvas at the top. Also, because the name is legible, this is the only way this image can be presented.   Posted: 01/03/2021 17:58:51
Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Interesting take, Joe. It looks like the picture was taken up at the boat from just under water.   Posted: 01/04/2021 14:17:19
Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I like what you did here and it certainly makes a interesting image to explore. I use this particular image this month because I didn't see anything really worth retaining on it. The background was wrong for sure and trying to obscure it really only made it worse. I would certainly never consider using this image for anything other than obtaining commentary for improvement.   Posted: 01/12/2021 14:02:42

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Because there is so much extraneous clutter in the background, I prefer Joe's version. He did a knock-out job of taking a good concept and transforming it into something interesting, and also avoiding the distracting background "noise."   Posted: 01/02/2021 10:32:18

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Al, a couple of things to watch out for if you were to enter this in a competition. On my monitor the white band surrounding the ship's name seems to have taken on a reddish/purple color cast. Also, the blurring of the background is uneven; on the right/starboard side of the boat the blurring extends down to the water line, whereas the blurring on the left/port side doesn't begin until way up at the right corner. As well, the mooring line seems to have been accidentally blurred. The boat and reflection look really nice, but are somewhat lost in the background even though it has been softened.   Posted: 01/04/2021 14:30:33

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I find the background to be very distracting even with the Gaussian blur applied. I believe Joe's rendition saves the image and offers a painterly look.   Posted: 01/10/2021 09:17:37

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree about the background. By blurring it, it makes my eye go to that area even more. I would concentrate on the reflection and if blurring the background, I would like to see the rope and the stacks in focus as they are part of the boat. I think the red objects are part of the other boat. Now if only the charter boat had set sail, it might have been less distracting in the background. :) I like Joe's version for an artsy version.   Posted: 01/10/2021 18:45:09

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree with all of the above. There is so much "stuff" in the background that it would require major work to rescue. But - that is a very interesting and unusual boat, and well worth trying to capture.   Posted: 01/14/2021 12:57:47


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