Mike Cohen  

Over-Under Hillsboro Lighthouse by Mike Cohen

May 2020 - Over-Under Hillsboro Lighthouse

May 2020 - Mike Cohen


About the Image(s)

Pretty much stuck at home the only photography I've been doing is with my
GoPro. I'm lucky to live near the water and reach the ocean in about a mile
of paddling. Out beaches are still closed so that's the only access. I
bought a dome for my GoPro and have been experimenting and trying to learn
how to use it. I also bought Luminar. Frankly, I think I bought it for
something other than sky replacement, but I can't remember what it was and
haven't spent much time yet learning the program. I liked the basic
composition of this image but not the colors and the sky was blown out in
all my images that were above the surface. There's no way to change
settings once in the water so I set the GoPro in an automatic photo mode
which resulted in these settings: 3mm, 1/950 second, f/2.8, ISO 145. I
have a lot to learn on how to use the camera. I got lucky and the water
was extremely clear for our area and the winds were out of the west, causing
the water to be very calm next to the rocks. I did a lot of dodging and
burning and messed with the cloudy or muddy look in the lower left. I think
I used a lot of Dehaze in that area and increased the contrast. I had to
use a relatively high noise setting in Topaz. Luminar had a preset that I
thought made the image really pop, probably too much but I need to let that
settle in. I added a bit of light to the lighthouse, even though it was
daytime, and the light was out. The sky replacement, a sky provided by
Luminar, I think really makes the image work.

Take care everyone, be safe.

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

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Your capture of the water is quite interesting. I look forward to seeing future captures as you lean more about the Go Pro. Were you in a boat, holding your camera above and below the water? I don't think the Luminar sky that you chose is right for the colors of your image. I tried the third blue PS photo filter on the actual image in the scene and think it gives a nice blue sky that looks real. I have Luminar and am beginning to build a folder of skies that I have taken.   Posted: 05/07/2020 15:58:19
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Hi Lisa. I was in the water attempting to get the water line about midway of a small dome I bought for the GoPro. I'll check out the Luminar sky you pointed out. Very useful feedback. Thanks
  Posted: 05/07/2020 17:47:36
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Mike, I am not suggesting a Luminar substitute. I took your original image and added the third blue PS photo filter to your original sky. Another Luminar might work. I think the one you chose did not work with this particular image.   Posted: 05/07/2020 17:57:57
Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Got it. I'll give it a try. Thanks   Posted: 05/08/2020 08:48:49

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Very interesting image. Something fun to learn in these trying times and I think you did a good job of getting a good underwater/overwater composition. I like the post processing of the overall image. I can see why you replaced the sky. Replacing skies is just not my thing so it's a little hard for me to make a constructive judgement or recommendation. I guess I would need to see some other sky textures to see what looks right. Overall I think you did a wonderful job experimenting with your GoPro and the dome.   Posted: 05/08/2020 19:45:09

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Fascinating image with the GoPro. I like the creative nature of it. I think the sky might be a little saturated. I don't do sky replacements (I think once I didn't like the results particularly). Otherwise, nicely done and very interesting experiment.   Posted: 05/14/2020 14:35:49

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The wonderful thing about photography is that there is always something new to learn. I especially appreciate that now as our travel is so limited. For me the sky and the water do not work together. The tones are too different so I feel it has an unnatural look.
This image is unique - at least to me. I find myslef wondering if you could split it right down the middle of the lighthouse, copy and flip the left side and create a mirror image? I saw an image by J.R. Schnelzer where he did that with grain bins and I have been itching to try it myself. On this image I think it would create the impression that the viewer was looking at the curvature of the earth. I like the layers of interest you captued and I think you got the color just right.   Posted: 05/15/2020 14:28:26

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Thanks everyone. I've gotten a few more that I like at this spot. Shooting from the water is like shooting blurs. You take a lot of shots and hope you get one that works. I have gotten some that I like better than this one having learned to face the camera farther west, away from the bright sky. I'm enjoying it so much the outcome has become almost just an excuse to go out. Unfortunately, it takes a west or light wind, neither of which has occurred lately.

Sharon, I love your idea. I'm going to play with it.
  Posted: 05/15/2020 14:41:27

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
Interesting concept in wavy waters. I have seen several others but always in smooth water like our springs in the area. I don't think your replaced sky works for me. The blue sky color seems a bit off and the placement of the cloud right behind the lighthouse you loose the whole right leg of the lighthouse. Original lighthouse looks better with both sets of white legs.   Posted: 05/20/2020 10:46:19

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Fascinating image. It has qualities of a painting for a fantasy story. The water surface looks unearthly, almost like a sheet of strange material pulled over the underlying world - and the lighthouse at first glance looked like a spaceship. I love the composition, reflections and sky, and imagining the world it might represent.   Posted: 05/27/2020 19:19:34