Belinda Hudnall Keller  


Bell Tower, Pemaquid Light, Maine by Belinda Hudnall Keller

March 2020 - Bell Tower, Pemaquid Light, Maine

March 2020 - Belinda Hudnall Keller

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About the Image(s)

This is an old image I liked for the rock path. I worked on one shot (forever) and trashed it. I kept trying to fix the right, chopped table, then gave it a dark, dramatic effect. Liked the darker effect but not the right corner. I gave up.
I went back to the original and altered minimally for this image and hoped to draw textures from the rocks. I still dislike the chopped table. The sky was bland that day, getting overcast where I stood, but it was bright in the far distance. It was hard avoiding people for this. I was waved out of a person's way as they wanted a front row spot Lol!
Panas. Lumix G1: Auto, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100
Snapseed: HDR, strong; lowered brightness, increased saturation; adjusted inner/outer vignette; select tool on bird to brighten; brush tool for slight dodge/burn across sky near bird


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10 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like what you did here. The dramatic textures in the rock lead up to the main subject. I am not bothered by the partial table. It looks like the effects in the sky bled into the tower. I might suggest lightening it, especially more so at the top, as it is lighter at the base. Also looks like there was some unintentional bleed on the roof, causing a dark spot on white trim below it.   Posted: 03/08/2020 10:03:44
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Looks like things need lightening up in the edits. Too heavy handed. Thank you!   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:30:59

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Good texture of the rock path, leading the viewer to the main subject. The image is almost monochromatic, but for the red house (have you tried to make it all B&W except the house?). The final image is a considerable improvement from the original, but maybe you overdid it. I have no problem with the dark clouds, but the darkening affects also the tower. You might want to exclude the tower from the selection, so it's not affected by the darkening of the sky and remains pure white. Also, you could reduce the vignette at the bottom. By the way, I can live with the half table (is it so difficult to clone it out?).   Posted: 03/12/2020 21:00:38
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks, Jose. B/W worked for me except for the rock textures. I will work on that idea more. Well, the table gave me fits but I didn't try totally removing it. I got hung up on trying to expand. I'll try your suggestions.   Posted: 03/15/2020 14:36:17

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I love photographing lighthouses. You have composed this one perfectly by placing it in the top right and including the beautiful lead in lines. The darkened sky is an improvement to the mood of the picture, but I do prefer the white lighthouse in the original rather than the grey tones shown in the final.
The table doesn't bother me at all.   Posted: 03/15/2020 17:26:02
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks!   Posted: 03/24/2020 06:26:34

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think you have emphasized the texture of the rock path nicely. I prefer a lighter tone of the dark clouds. Naturally, the red color and the rock path lead my vision to the house. I don't mind the chopped table but I wonder if the house and the tower can be shifted slightly more towards the 1/3 position.   Posted: 03/24/2020 01:54:48

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think you have emphasized the texture of the rock path nicely. I prefer a lighter tone of the dark clouds. Naturally, the red color and the rock path lead my vision to the house. I don't mind the chopped table but I wonder if the house and the tower can be shifted slightly more towards the 1/3 position.   Posted: 03/24/2020 01:54:50
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, Tony!   Posted: 03/24/2020 06:25:51

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I like the composition of the picture and don't mind the partial table although it might have worked better if you have taken a couple of steps to the left and included the full table. The most disconcerting aspect of the picture for me is the loss of the white color to the light house in the processed picture.   Posted: 03/27/2020 11:27:14