Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Berkshire Golds by Belinda Hudnall Keller

September 2020 - Berkshire Golds

September 2020 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

Along the Housatonic River, Great Barrington, MA. I could see what I wanted from this, but with no other place to stand I couldn't avoid the overly bright sun across the other side on left. I liked the dark curve against the yellows and reflections in the water. Overall it may be too busy. I've worked on this from time-to time but I think I've done all I can. It may not be possible to more closely isolate the portion I prefer without losing too much.

Panasonic Lumix G1: Aper. Priority, f/4.0, 1/100, ISO 100, multimeter, auto WB
Snapseed: cropped slightly; HDR scape tool for nature and reduced; adjusted overall brightness and saturation; Healing tool removed small branches; Selective tool for brightness, contrast, structure on left; Brush tool for dodge/burn on left
PhotoEditor: cloned portions on left to remove bright areas; vignette added

6 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I'm a little confused with the HDR processing. Is it a standard HDR, where you have three exposures (0, -2, +2); or something done in post-processing to a single image? A standard HDR should have rendered a picture with much less contrast, with the foreground better exposed and the light areas not overblown. As it is, I would open up the foreground a little more, so more detail is available. Although a little too bright, I can live with the exposure of the trees in the background. In terms of composition, I agree with you that's perhaps too busy, and the viewer doesn't concentrate on the reflections in the water.   Posted: 09/07/2020 19:22:14
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
You would need to understand the photo editing program and tools of Snapseed, created by NikSoftware. A specific tool selection is HDR Scape with a catalogue of choices with additional choices under each one, along with sliders to perfect.   Posted: 09/11/2020 06:13:59

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You've done as much as you can to improve the image from your original. I agree with all Jose's comments. I would also like to see a little more "gold"in the leaves.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:06:04
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thanks!   Posted: 09/11/2020 06:14:34

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I agree that darkening the left side of the image improves the tonality. I am thinking that may be brightening up the foreground vegetation may help to create a circle so that the viewer's eye can follow. First, looking at the foreground, up the trees on the right side, across the upper part of the image and then look at the river down from the left, in an anti-clockwise fashion.   Posted: 09/12/2020 04:19:13
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you, Tony. Yes, that might lead the eye around much better. Will work on it!   Posted: 09/12/2020 14:49:42


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