Lisa Auerbach  

Still Morning by Lisa Auerbach

November 2019 - Still Morning

About the Image(s)

This was a morning shoot in the upper peninsula in Munising, MI. I liked the calm of the morning, and the three stones in the water attracted my attention.
After adjusting sliders in Photoshop, I removed some distractions in the water. I increased the sky levels, added a vignette, and added clarity and dehazing to the sky.
Canon PowerShot G5X Mak II; 8.80mm; ISO 400; Hand held

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9 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Another gorgeous fall scene. This is definitely a landscape month for the group. I felt that the grass in the foreground detracted from the beauty of the scene and thought the composition would look better as a pano. I also brushed in more light, texture and color to the trees and attempted to subtly bring out more texture in the sky. I'm curious to see if you see it as an improvement or not.   Posted: 11/05/2019 19:25:41
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Usually I like your ideas and treatments but this time I like mine. I like the grass because it grounds the image and takes me into the rest of the scene. What I like best about the image are the rocks, and your crop seems to minimize them for me.
  Posted: 11/06/2019 05:58:14

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
That what makes this fun, our different perspectives and tastes.   Posted: 11/08/2019 07:52:11

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Yes, that is so true.   Posted: 11/08/2019 07:56:21

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 60 & 80)
I like the way you captured this scene, Lisa--it provides interest and the hint of unexplored territory. Your use of the rocks in the foreground, along with the beautiful reflection of the hills and fall colors, really works well in this! The point the grass comes to in the foreground leads my eye right into the image. Bravo, this is a lovely image!   Posted: 11/10/2019 11:13:23

John Roach   John Roach
Wonderful scene, Lisa. I think you captured it well. For me though, and I see what Mike is suggesting similarly, that for me the tone is a bit flat. Some tone curve adjustment would help it punch it up a tad. Not too much, you are almost there in my opinion.   Posted: 11/10/2019 12:51:33

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
For me, the image has a flat appearance so my suggestion would be some selective adjustments to bring out full tonal range of the trees, which in my opinion are the star of the image. I like the rocks in the foreground. Because they are spaced out they do not prevent my eye from wandering to the back where the fall color is and they sort of anchor the image for me. However, I do not feel that the grassy area adds anything of interest to the scene, so if this were my image I would crop just above that.   Posted: 11/12/2019 11:53:15

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
Peaceful and serene. The reflection of the trees on the still waters is great. I have to agree that maybe a little more pop in the trees would add to the image. As for the cropping of the grass out I am torn. My feeling is to crop a little ways up on the grass about equal to where it meets the water in the right side still leaving some grass but not overbearing.   Posted: 11/18/2019 14:31:00

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
A beautiful place with great reflections. I would try a polarizing filter next time to intensify those reflections and cut the glare on the water.
I would also crop out the rock and flora on the left. I prefer the resulting asymmetry, and the diminishing rock size and shadow more easily draw my eye along a path up and to the right. What are the white disks on the water?   Posted: 11/21/2019 19:48:52