Rusty Pinckney  

UP Pictured Rocks by Rusty Pinckney

August 2019 - UP Pictured Rocks

About the Image(s)

I shot this image with my Canon Power Shot SX10IS while on a cruise to view Pictured Rocks on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula along the shore of Lake Superior. Weather was mostly cloudy with a threat of rain. Post edited using Elements to crop, bring out natural colors and focus on the wind blown hole in the rock. Suggestions?

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7 comments posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
What an interesting shot of a scene within a scene. You have great detail for being on board and likely moving.

Definitely needs to be leveled, and some noise reduction as your camera likely used a high ISO to handle the light. I added a bit of contrast to the background rocks to help them pop a little more:   Posted: 08/15/2019 18:35:44
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Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Nice photo. I'm a bit torn between where my eyes should go. I might have tried a shot with the background sharp, and the arch out of focus. (Shallower depth of field.)   Posted: 08/22/2019 12:02:33

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
I'm a bit torn, too. I like Tom's version, which separates the arch from the background. Another possibility would have been to have the arch sharp and the background blurred.   Posted: 08/22/2019 13:28:45

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Yes. All good suggestions... For me it would make more sense to blur the foreground.   Posted: 08/23/2019 10:58:46
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I think the issue with blurring the arch is its position in the image, which compositionally would be the main subject, with the water being the foreground and the area inside the arch the background. However, the "background" is more or less central to the image, so it almost needs to be sharp as well. This is certainly a visual conundrum. d;¬{D   Posted: 08/23/2019 12:16:45
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
From what I just said, here is what I think would make sense for blurring the arch: Crop out much of the arch, blur it and the water in front of it a tiny bit and darken them, while adding more contrast and brightness to the "background". Here's my attempt:   Posted: 08/23/2019 12:36:01
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Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thank you Tom. I like your idea. I would be inclined to include a bit more of the arch. Just a thought for trial.   Posted: 08/31/2019 13:26:39