Brad Becker  

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February 2021 - Ready

February 2021 - Brad Becker


February 2021 - Brad Becker

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About the Image(s)

I happened upon these river surfers in Munich years ago in the middle of winter. They created a turbulent area at the edge of a river and it was fun watching them surf. I liked how the people gave a balance to my waterfall image when I combined the images. I kept trying to add a third image but realized this felt complete. A little desaturation and blending to try to sell the image was all I did for this one. Less is more.

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9 comments posted

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
This is a fun composite, the people added are realistic looking and they make the scene interesting. The three people added gives our eyes a triangle to look around in.

The only thing for possible improvement is to crop or clone out the yellow sky   Posted: 02/08/2021 00:32:51
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Lisa, Thanks for the excellent suggestion.   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:40:14

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Brrr, I peaked at your original and got chills. Surfing with snow on the ground just makes me cold, hah hah.
I like how you put this composite together. It's dynamic and makes perfect sense.
I agree with Lisa that the sky behind the trees doesn't seem to fit.
  Posted: 02/16/2021 21:25:20
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy, Thanks. I recall being surprised there was snow in Munich in the spring but more surprised by the surfers   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:41:29

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Brad, I like it. The river surfers were kind of blah but combined with the water fall it is truly exciting! You are a master at blending together composites. I wonder, could you enlarge the surfers a little? To me they seem a little small in relation to the rocks but maybe I am being too picky.

Nice work.   Posted: 02/21/2021 10:14:39
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Henry, Thank you for your suggestions. The little details are where we tweak our images, thanks.   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:42:52

Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Very realistic! Nice work blending the two images. I would agree with Lisa to eliminate the sky. I'm wondering if you could make a more definitive line (just above the head of the surfer standing on the right) so that it looks more like the water is going "under" something, like a bridge. Picky, I know..   Posted: 02/21/2021 13:09:57
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Jan, I agree that one area of the image was hard to know how to blend realistically. I'll give it another try.   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:44:29

Maryellen Bauer   Maryellen Bauer
Great idea! Combining the surfers with the waterfall works so well!   Posted: 02/27/2021 17:11:51