Lisa Auerbach  

Mallows Bay by Lisa Auerbach

November 2020 - Mallows Bay

November 2020 - Lisa Auerbach


About the Image(s)

We are trying to find new places near our home. This is Mallows Bay, MD. Mallows Bay is considered one of the largest ship graveyards in the western hemisphere. Just beyond this point is one of the war ships the government sank after
World War I.
In Bridge I upped my exposure, used curves to boost colors, then used the individual color sliders to boost colors more. I used Topaz DeNoise, and removed dust spots. I removed a sign, added a vignette, then flipped the image so it would read left to right.
Settings: Canon 70 D on a tripod; 23mm; 1/80; f/16; ISO 100; Aperture Priority

9 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I rarely think about flipping an image but as I compare the two images I do think it works better flipped. It gives me a more relaxed feeling where the original seems unnatural. I love reflections and the trees reflecting in the rippled water is very nice. For me it still feels a little dark. There are some beautiful fall colors in the trees that I would like to see enhanced.   Posted: 11/07/2020 21:05:48

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Nice scene Lisa. I agree with the flip but agree with Pam that the shadows are too dark and the colors could use more pop. Using Lightroom, I added a bit of blue and contrast to the sky with a gradient mask. I used another to add clarity to the water. I globally increased the luminosity and saturation of green, yellow and orange. I also dodged the dark area of the trees along the left upper side to make the light look for uniform. I might have also taken the image into PS and extended some canvas on the right. I like the pilings and it feels a bit cut off to me there. It would require creating some pixels if you don't have another wider shot, but I think it would come out fine.   Posted: 11/08/2020 08:50:22
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I like your treatment. I need to give several days between first and next edit. Compared to the original this looked right. Yours looked even better exposed.
Thank you.   Posted: 11/11/2020 09:01:09
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I like the water and sky but think the trees look processed. This is a problem I often have. I will work with mine before submitting it. Thank you for your, always welcome, suggestions.   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:20:58

LC Boros   LC Boros
good job rescuing and image I would have just sent to /dev/nul! I think you did admirably with the color/exposure adjustments.

My only kvetch is that the final version seems off-kilter: like it needs a slight rotation to have the shoreline tilt upwards to the right a few degrees as right now my eyes go down into the water in the middle of the image. My eye doesn't notice this on the original and I think it's because of the flip.   Posted: 11/09/2020 22:44:16

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The blue and orange in this image are a beautiful combination in my opinion. I noted the comment above about it being titled and tried to assess this. Based on the shoreline in the background, I think it is straight. To me the image seeems just a little bit flat. Selective adjustments to brightness, saturation an luminosity in the trees would give it more drama and make it pop.   Posted: 11/11/2020 11:36:00

Ally Green   Ally Green
A nice tranquil scene and good sharp focus on the trees. Like the soft reflection on the water. To me not quite sure what the centre of interest is or perhaps it doesn't need one other than a nice scenic scene of the autumn colours? i may have made the colors pop a bit more...i use Color Efex Pro with the skylight filter or tonal contrast which works for me. Two dust spots on the right hand side in the sky i see.   Posted: 11/11/2020 15:09:17

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
It was so dark to begin that what I did seemed right. I need to put the space of a few days between processing so that I see what all of you have noticed.
Thank you for comments, and yes, it is a simple tranquil scene with no particular focus.   Posted: 11/11/2020 15:56:41

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Beautiful place. Were you in a boat? The flip is perfect. I like the composition. The bank and shadow form lovely diagonals that converge at the tip on the right. I like Mike's edit as it brings out those great colors.   Posted: 11/15/2020 13:10:07


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