Don Crow  


Portland Head Light by Don Crow

June 2020 - Portland Head Light

About the Image(s)

The Portland Head Light is one of my favorite places to shoot in Maine. I’ve probably been there at least 8 or 10 times. Usually on business trips and of course had my camera along. This one was shot back in 2011 but I reprocessed it this week for a camera club competition. Lots of processing!
Canon 40d with Canon 10-22 mm lens at 18 mm
f/8 at 1/30 sec ISO 100
Processed in Camera RAW, Photoshop, Topaz DeNoise AI and Luminar 4


This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
A photo of one of the most photographed lighthouses. Well composed and a good tonal range from black to white and good balance. The processing was expertly done and thus not obvious. The sailboat adds a nice touch. Somehow the photograph seems unnatural. I think that the water is all the same gray and does not match the sky   Posted: 06/11/2020 20:00:53
Don Crow   Don Crow
Thanks Albert, good comment. I darkened the water on the left side. Maybe I need to revisit it.   Posted: 06/12/2020 08:02:58

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
It seems to me that the water should be brightened in the area that includes the sailboat. I think it should appear to be brightened by the light area of the sky   Posted: 06/12/2020 10:51:58

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like this landscape very much, Don. You've got a dramatic sky, the rocks, the lighthouse all positioned just right, and the sailboat is the bonus. I don't have any problem with the tonality of the water. Although the sky, and the image as a whole, is softer than we often see portrayed, that's to my preference. You've got some true blacks in the rocks. Perhaps more contrast on the lighthouse (whiter) and adjoining building might improve. Also, I wish the sailboat were leaning into rather out of the scene, but that's a minor nitpick. Very nice.   Posted: 06/14/2020 17:28:40

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
You said you did a lot of work on the lighthouse but it does not appear over processed at all. To me the clouds, boat the and stormy sea all add a freshness to what is an often photographed scene. Thanks Don for a great image.   Posted: 06/19/2020 17:37:39

John Erve   John Erve
Don, This scene has a good composition with the position of the lighthouse slightly off center and balanced with the sailboat. The clouds work very well as a type of vignette and the opening in the clouds add an emotional element for me. Very good tonal range for a BW. I did notice that the sailboat was not as sharp as I expected and this is probably due to the low shutter speed and the fact that the sailboat was probably moving quite fast. Still, a nice image and the frame works too. Thanks for sharing it.   Posted: 06/21/2020 15:54:34

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I had a chance to photograph the Portland Head light a few years ago. We were not as fortunate with the weather as you were. I love the sky and the sail boat in this composition.

I normally place a frame in my images - I am not always sure that it improves the image. In this case the frame you used works very well in the presentation of the scene. I can not even find any nits to pick.

To my eye this is a wonderful wall hanger of an image. Thank you very much for sharing it with us Don.   Posted: 06/21/2020 20:52:57

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
(Groups 7 & 32)
Really great image with the sky and the sail boat.   Posted: 06/23/2020 10:00:01

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Ive been looking at this image for a few days, not looking at the reviews, but trying to work out why I felt there was something just not quite right! At first quick view, it looks wonderful, with much detail to enjoy, but something was nagging me and I eventually gave up and sought guidance from others!

Yup, it's the evenness of the tones in the water which isn't natural. There needs to be light and dark to correspond with the sky and clouds.

I also find your border too much white - saying 'look at me'.

I still enjoyed admiring your image though Don!   Posted: 06/25/2020 11:27:10
Don Crow   Don Crow
Both you and Albert saw the same problem. I agree with you. Guess I have some work to be done on the image. Thanks for your input.   Posted: 06/25/2020 14:34:03