Dave Roth  

Cranbrook Road House by Dave Roth

August 2019 - Cranbrook Road House

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More from my favorite (and close) place to shoot. The grounds of Cranbrook include a private high school, historic Cranbrook House, Cranbrook Museum and a small lake. This was a recent sunny, Saturday morning with yet another cloudless sky. The lake was almost still and I wanted to get as much reflection as possible. It’s the blah sky that I don’t like and am looking for ideas.

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9 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Of course you could crop it more to eliminate the sky entirely. Cropping more severely does put the building in more importance, but I don't think that it is the image that drew you in.
The image does evoke a sense of tranquility.   Posted: 08/02/2019 14:07:11
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Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Another choice would be to make a selection of the sky. (I used a luminosity mask to get it.) Then you could use curves to darken and add more blue, and possibly add a tad more blue saturation. It would not be a huge difference, but would definitely help. Of course you could then paste in a very light sky with clouds in it, but that means adding the corresponding inverted portion into the water reflection, and that could be a large task. Because the reflection of that portion of the sky is light already, you might be able to get away with not doing that with the right type of light sky. That is what I did here; it still needed some finessing, but could work. I also thought that there might be too much water, and cropped so that the building is in the rule of thirds more. The branch in the lower right seemed out of place, and I removed it, while also using the spot remover to take out some of the dark stuff in the water.   Posted: 08/02/2019 14:30:13
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Thanks Bob. Hadn't considered cloning out the branch.   Posted: 08/02/2019 15:06:19

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
What a pretty place, and it's so quiet and serene. I love the mirror image reflections leading the eye. I'd play around with a tighter crop bringing the building closer. Not sure you have an interest in the building, but I think the bit of red and blue add to the image. I get the blah sky alot on bright days, unfortunately. Bob's sky idea is a good one if you decide to keep it. Cropping close also could include getting rid of the sky practically altogether while keeping everything else (except the foliage at bottom right). If there is a sliver of sky left, you could fill in by cloning some of the trees.   Posted: 08/06/2019 15:08:38

Thanks for the ideas. Attached is a new version based on your suggestions   Posted: 08/09/2019 13:41:59
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I like the inclusion of the branches in the bottom right as it provides a balance to the trees and building top left. However I would darken or crop out the sky top right.   Posted: 08/11/2019 14:03:06

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Most of the comments I had were already expressed by other members, and you produced a revised version that I like much more than the original one. The major improvement was to eliminate the bland sky, and to let the reflections be the main subject. I agree with cloning out the branches at the bottom right. It is a serene scene, which is what you wanted to achieve. But the colors of the trees are not particularly appealing. Maybe you can go back in autumn and get more interesting reflections.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:11:58

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Dave, I like your changes. I agree that the greenery need to be enhanced/ Summer shots are a challenge with all the green. Perhaps darkening and saturating the leaves would help.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:52:01

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I agree that cropping out the sky was the thing to do as well as taking out the branch in the lower right corner of the picture. It really helps to bring one's focus on the reflection on the water. Jose has a great idea for going back in the fall and seeing if you can pick up some fall colors. I would love to see that picture.   Posted: 08/23/2019 09:46:41