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Sailboat between trees by Paul Moertl

January 2021 - Sailboat between trees

January 2021 - Paul Moertl


About the Image(s)

I took this up in Door County. I saw this sailboat and I moved over to put it between the trees. I left the leaves in at the top to show that they were, in fact, trees. Are they too distracting? As you can tell, I straightened it.

Pentax K-3 1/250, f7.1, ISO 400.

5 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like the idea of framing the sailboat, but unfortunately, for me, the blur and lack of detail of the tree trunks and leaves are distracting and really take away from the tranquil scene on the water.   Posted: 01/07/2021 10:07:16

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Paul, I tend to agree with Cindy that the out-of-focus edges of the tree trunks are distracting (they seem less so in the colour version, somehow). In the monochrome, if you have enough pixels, I would like to see the image cropped so that only the sailboat, the water with the light on the surface behind, and the soft clouds in the sky filled the frame. The shape of the sailboat is graceful and framing it against all that "negative space" might make for a very evocative image.   Posted: 01/09/2021 19:25:10
Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Is this better?
  Posted: 01/09/2021 20:49:18
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
I like it - what do you think? I might go a little further and either bring out as much detail and texture as possible in the sky or...crop from the top so that the sky is a more even tone and the only light in the image is on the water (this would take the horizon more off-centre as well). Am I being too bossy?   Posted: 01/11/2021 23:08:40
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
In my opinion, there is way too much water. I would crop 2/3 of it from the bottom.   Posted: 01/12/2021 09:53:54


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