Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

The Teapot Revisited by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

August 2019 - The Teapot Revisited

About the Image(s)

This is based on a five shot bracket made using a Canon 1DX MK II with a 16-35 F4 L lens at 35mm, iso 200, 1/20 sec and F 16. The bracket was two shots at one stop intervals to either side of that base exposure. I tried doing the blend In Aurora 2019 and while I like the blend Aurora had real issues in dealing with the ghosting in the waves. I next tried Lightroom and found much the same story. In the end I did the blend using Aurora and then masked in the minus 1 exposure for the water and wave area. The lady on the right was also walking her dog (very loosely) and so I had the leash over half of the frame from her to where the pooch was. That was removed in Photoshop. The colors have actually been desaturated a bit from the blend results. They are pretty realistic relative to the soil in PEI (Prince Edward Island). This is a slightly tighter framing than the image I chose before, and I think it gives a sense of the closeness of the eroded cliffs while still showing the Teapot formation as it stands isolated on the beach.

5 comments posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
The rock sides create a nice frame of the main subject and the people sort of add to the actually relative size of these features. The dog is OK in the image but adds just one more item competing with the main subject. Maybe one person would even work best. Technically and all it is a good HDR.   Posted: 08/17/2019 16:34:44
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Interesting. I probably should have taken the dog out where he is just some odd bit projecting past the rock. I had left both of the people because they formed a triangle with the Teapot that echoed and seemed to extend the nearer high walls. It is always fascinating to find what makes sense when you are working on an image, doesn't make sense when an independent viewer sees it.   Posted: 08/18/2019 22:19:41

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Interesting subject and technically very strong. The dog is an issue and probably one person would be best. The shadow area on the left, a bit blue?   Posted: 08/18/2019 18:53:07
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Yes, quite likely with that much open blue sky above it. I think is shows even more on the shaded bottom rock near the puddle on that side.   Posted: 08/18/2019 22:15:40

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I like the rocks and the framing. I love the warm tones of the rocks against the great sky and the blue no clouds is perfect here.

You might clone out the portion of the dog   Posted: 08/18/2019 23:03:56


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