Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Albonegon (elbow-knee-gone) Capitol Island, Maine by Belinda Hudnall Keller

May 2020 - Albonegon (elbow-knee-gone) Capitol Island, Maine

May 2020 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

A trip into old files. The island,3/4 mi. long, 700 ft. wide, is off Newagen/Southport. When I visited it received fresh produce/dairy by barge. I've stayed in the small house and main ship captain's house, and you can see water through the floorboards of both.
In this composition, the house is a little far away. I took closer shots, but I wanted the marsh where I dug out driftwood, carried it onto the plane with no problems-- days gone by! I took the shot in late afternoon, dull and overcast. Edits improved the image, but I might have overdone it, and in resizing it may not be sharpened enough.
Panasonic Lumix G1: AP, f/6.3, s1/320, ISO 100, camera on post for stability
Snapseed edits: crop; hdr set for nature, saturation/brightness adjusted; selective tool on buildings adjusted brightness/contrast/structure; brush tool dodge/burn on marsh; inner/outer vignette adjusted for glow effect

12 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Although the house is small within the composition, it catches the viewer's eye immediately because of its white, brilliant color. I don't see how you can improve the picture. Everything works for me here: the diagonal/curved line of the shore moving from the bottom to the house; the straight and perfectly placed horizon, the colors (a big gain compared to the original), the clouds, etc. On second thought: I would probably clone out the small white stone on the grass (middle bottom); maybe even the big white spot on the right in the middle of the frame.   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:47:54
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, Jose!   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:43:08

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like your rendering. You took a flat image, and gave it some contrast and interest. I agree that cloning outlet the two bright rocks by the edge would be useful. I might try toning down the grass edge slightly, as it almost draws my attention too much. (It is a nice s curve leading line, but may be too powerful.   Posted: 05/10/2020 14:26:10
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you! I agree.   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:44:25

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Really nice. The grass is too saturated and bright for my taste. There is a distracting something in the sky by the porch   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:39:31
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks, yes grass is overdone. Maybe what you see is the flag flying?? There is one. On small monitors it looks like something floating near the porch.   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:47:57

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Yes it is a flag. I used a magnifying lens and could make it out. I would take it out. WE have a summer home in Georgetown and I sail from Riggs cove to the mouth of Sheepscot Bay and the Cuckolds. Your photograph evokes the the mood of this part of Maine really well and makes me wish we could get there now   Posted: 05/12/2020 10:40:31
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
You are literally just around the corner (or "point" in this case) from this little island. We love Maine and have explored much of it over the years. It certainly would be a wonderful place to be right now!   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:31:41

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Belinda, I think we are all looking back at our old files to keep us busy.
I think you have achieved your aim here in providing a pleasing and calm landscape. The grass provides a good lead in to the house. I would probably clone a little off the bottom to remove the bright stone, but perhaps that would place the horizon line too much in the center.   Posted: 05/12/2020 11:50:24
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
We're all looking back, I think, or maybe planning for future travels :-) There are plenty of photo projects, even as we stay in place. Just need to stay positive and keep motivated (not always easy). Thank you for your suggestions and please stay safe!   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:49:08

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
A calm and serene afternoon by the sea. I agree that you have done a good job in turning a relatively flat looking photo to a nice image. As I follow the grass and the shore line, I wonder if including more of the curve of the grass on the right side would make a stronger leading line because part of it is cut at the right edge.   Posted: 05/13/2020 10:10:51
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I see your point,Tony. I'll look to see if I kept a shot that includes the cut area. If so, I can work with it. For this particular one, I can try expanding the right a little and work to restore the area but it might be to much effort. Worth trying, though. Thank you!   Posted: 05/13/2020 18:11:32


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