Brad Becker  

Into the light by Brad Becker

February 2021 - Into the light

February 2021 - Brad Becker


February 2021 - Brad Becker

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February 2021 - Brad Becker

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About the Image(s)

This month I tried to salvage a sunset photo I attempted with an adjustable neutral density filter. After hiking to the beach I was frustrated by many technical challenges with this filter a friend had given me. I liked some aspects of the image so I brought it into photoshop and eliminated the distracting sky portion of the image. I've been on a bird kick for a few months and liked how adding the bird brought a focal point to the image and created some movement. Still wondering if I should adjust the color balance of the image. What are your thoughts?

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10 comments posted

Marilyn Kinyon   Marilyn Kinyon
This is interesting but I find it has a bit too much glare for my taste. Compositionally I would have put the bird more at the 1/3 mark on the right-hand side to balance the sun. As it is my eye is drawn over to the bird and then the right side seems too empty to me. Maybe it's just a personal thing though. I hope that makes sense.

Nice job on the blending of 1 and 2.   Posted: 02/01/2021 19:40:51
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Marilyn, Thank you for your feedback. That poor bird got moved a lot during the creation of this image. Ultimately I put it there as I liked the contrast with the sun and thought it tied the lens glare/flare elements into the image more. I'm with you on the glare issue. This was one of those images I knew from the start wouldn't be my favorite but it was fun to try to salvage it some. As I look at the image more I may crop out some of the right side of the image to reduce some of that dead space, thanks for helping me see the "empty" space.   Posted: 02/07/2021 16:37:14

Neil Davies-McKay   Neil Davies-McKay
Hiya Brad,

I love how you managed to change the sky & managed to keep the glare look as if it's coming from the new sun. I personally don't mind the bird, as the sun is so bright my eye doesn't wonder to the right long enough before getting drawn back to the top left.   Posted: 02/04/2021 13:29:39
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Neil, Thanks for your feedback and welcome to the group.   Posted: 02/07/2021 16:46:54

Aavo Koort   Aavo Koort
Wonderful, haunting seascape. Something about the bird bothers me. Perhaps it is too black compared to all the rocks that have some color.   Posted: 02/06/2021 12:22:30
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Aavo, Thanks for your feedback. I had struggled with that element quite a bit. As it is I had set the opacity to 92%. Silhouetted elements are often much more contrasty than other elements but I may try dialing back the opacity a bit.   Posted: 02/07/2021 16:46:29

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
Great seascape! I can HEAR the ocean! The only suggestions I have for this dynamic image are to make the bird a little less sharp. It's much sharper than the sea. The second suggestion is to get rid of the lens flare. It detracts from your wonderful sun.   Posted: 02/09/2021 09:24:44
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Thanks Alan. I cloned out some of the lens flare and I agree removing the remaining 2 don't add a lot.   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:52:39

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Nice attempt to reclaim a photo that you didn't totally like!
I like the bird where it is... I wonder if you tried to bring the other birds into it too?
I like how everything points to the bird in the seascape so the placement of the bird is fine to me.
I agree about the lens flare being distracting because it's almost brighter than the bird.
I don't think you need the right third of the photo to tell the story unless you add the other birds. Of course, then it's a different story that you're telling.   Posted: 02/16/2021 21:52:49
Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Kathy I chuckled when you wrote "I don't think you need the right third of the photo". I tried cropping it out and the picture didn't feel balanced to me. I appreciate your detailed exploration of alternative handlings.   Posted: 02/22/2021 21:51:22