Paul Moertl  

Washington Island Ferry by Paul Moertl

May 2020 - Washington Island Ferry

May 2020 - Paul Moertl


About the Image(s)

I took this some years ago while on a trip over to Washington Island. (For those unfamiliar with where Door County is, it is the little peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin.) I simply converted to mono using Irfanview and adjusted the contrast a bit. Easy one.....

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9 comments posted

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Monochrome is perfect for this image. I like the contrast between white white and blacks. Make you want to climb aboard, or drive. This shows what a good exposure does in the original. Well done, don't change a thing.   Posted: 05/05/2020 17:34:46

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have great blacks, whites and mid tones in this image. I like that you left room for the ferry to move into which makes this a strong composition for me. Maybe it's because I'm going through a "dark sky phase", but I think darkening the sky really makes the ferry "pop". As far as interest, I wish there were people on the ferry so it would tell a story.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:26:58
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Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Cindy - how did you darken the sky?   Posted: 05/06/2020 22:13:35
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I used a layer mask in Camera Raw with the brightness slider and then used a low opacity dodge brush on the clouds.   Posted: 05/08/2020 05:33:51

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
I like the darker sky. I also like the subject but also wish you had more people/cars to enhance the story as Cindy notes and provide some visual balance with the calm sea. Great interior details.   Posted: 05/06/2020 10:13:05

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I would have liked people and/or cars, but as you all know, you take what you can when you can....
  Posted: 05/06/2020 12:05:30

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I like Cindy's darker sky, it does make the ferry stand out more. An interesting shot.   Posted: 05/06/2020 22:03:40

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
I think the monochrome version allows us to focus more on the subject as we are less distracted by the blue of the sky and the water. I like the darkened sky but don't mind the sky being brighter either - darkening the sky changes the mood of the image, I think.
Nice sharpness and BW tones. Yes, people on the deck would be great, but the timing isn't always right, is it?   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:00:16

David Price   David Price
I prefer the mono version. The image is nice and sharp. I would take the sky half way between yours and Cindy's.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:19:38