Debbie Perez  

Dream Lost by Debbie Perez

January 2020 - Dream Lost

January 2020 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

This is another photo from the IR workshop that I attend. I saw this derelict boat sitting on the grass next to a tiny little creek. There is no way it was floated down the creek but there she was. I shot with a wide angle lens to get as much of as I could in frame. I used various Nik filters and Clir to get a nice color range then went to B&W with Silver Efex. I did some dodging and burning plus a levels adjustment to get the tones. I really have found the I love doing monochrome or B&W from IR.

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12 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
The different elements in this image are all very interesting. The sky is beautiful and the two boats provide a strong focus. Unfortunately I find the twigs and branches spoil it. I doubt whether there is anything you could do about this as cloning them out looks as if it would be very difficult and it doesn't seem that you could have taken this from a different angle although perhaps taking it from a lower angle might have helped. It's such a shame because without these intrusive elements it would have been a strong image.   Posted: 01/12/2020 16:56:47
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Honestly, there was no way to avoid the branches because the background was woods. If I could have crossed the creek (also impossible) I might have been able to get a better angle. Fortunately, this has done well in competition.   Posted: 01/12/2020 18:34:04
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
I suspected that it would be impossible to avoid the branches. It is so frustrating when you can't get the perfect angle, it happens to me frequently. Sometimes my husband is able to get a better angle simply because he is taller. How annoying is that! Anyway congratulations on your success with this image, it is lovely and it is only my opinion that it would have been better without the branches, others obviously disagree.

  Posted: 01/13/2020 08:24:43
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I was happy the branches weren't full of leaves, lol. Know you make a valid point but I'm too lazy to clean up all those twigs. The tree was actually being used as part of the support for the boat. It was a very unique scene.
  Posted: 01/13/2020 08:33:52

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This poor abandoned boat looks as though it could have once been a thing of beauty, but now laid to rest here. although the mast looks tall and intact and with a little TLC I'm sure it could be afloat again. However it does look as though it's protecting its baby beneath it so there is a nice little story going on here. The sky is great. Nice processing.   Posted: 01/13/2020 07:51:30
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
  Posted: 01/14/2020 14:28:14

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I was drawn to this image as soon as I saw it and I think your post processing (as usual) is very effective. The branches do not bother me so much because they feel like they are part of the story of why this boat is abandoned in this particular place. I think the diagonal lines are strong compositional elements and the sky adds some drama.
BTW I have been seeing your water lilies on FB and they are lovely. They make me want to come to your area for a photo shoot.   Posted: 01/14/2020 10:34:46
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
The current water lilies are a bit south from where I am but you always welcomed. If you love water lines, try Gibbs Gardens (Ga) when they have their Monet festival. They have three small ponds, then Apr- Jun we will have some lovely blooms at McKee in Vero. The tropicals will bloom throughout the year. Hear that Bok gardens has a few, too. I can give you a list of Fl gardens, lol!!!!   Posted: 01/14/2020 14:27:54

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
It appears to be a hard subject to photograph but you did a good job as both boats stand out. Saying that, the rowboat makes the scene as it gives an interesting subject to look at in addition to the sailboat. It is a good story telling picture. Your comment about liking to make b/w from IR is my own philosophy. B/W is what I "see" when I am shooting IR.   Posted: 01/15/2020 08:40:33

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I liked the dramatic-looking skies. The tree bothers me a bit. You might try darkening the bottom and right side just a bit.
  Posted: 01/23/2020 09:41:01