Gary Stiger  

Harbor Scene by Gary Stiger

August 2019 - Harbor Scene

August 2019 - Gary Stiger


About the Image(s)

I took this shot about a year ago while on a most pleasurable cruise around the isles of Scotland. I wanted to see if I could put more emphasis on the couple and their dog rather than on the woman with the red raincoat “ my eye was always drawn to her first, but what I really wanted was for the couple to be the stars of the show. The shot was taken in RAW format (f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 125) and corrected with Camera RAW and fine-tuned with NIK’s Viveza 2. I converted it to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro 2, made some minor tonal adjustments and added a yellow filter which seemed to produce the maximum (and more pleasing) contrast between the gray tones of the image. I then painted a very light vignette around the edges. This is certainly not the greatest DD image I have ever submitted, but I think I kind of achieved what I wanted “ what say you?

8 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Gary, I find this very appealing and it is really made for B&W. I think the dog is the real star of the show, but the couple make good supporting actors.

Like you, I find the woman with her back to the camera is distracting. I also was a bit bothered by the two sailboats that merge with the seated woman's hat. I wanted to see how it would look with the "back facing" woman cropped out and the two sailboats also eliminated. Oh, and I brightened the entire image a bit along with a soft bit of toning.

What do you think?

  Posted: 08/07/2019 11:20:30
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Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
All good suggestions and improvements Oliver. I did not have great vibs for this shot to begin with - was not sure if the lady with the bag added anything to a possible storyline. I don't think so, but the threesome don't say too much either - just two people and a dog. Back to the drawing board as they say.   Posted: 08/12/2019 12:23:20
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Gary, I think it was well seen! And, I find it much more than a simple picture of a couple and their dog. It seems to tell an interesting story!

  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:55:30

Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
If your purpose of the photo is the couple and the dog, I totally agree with Oliver's crop. His extra emlimination of the two boats that overlapping with the head is fantastic.   Posted: 08/07/2019 14:19:02
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Hattie, I first thought that there was something on top of the woman's hat. Then, after identifying it as sailboats, I couldn't stop seeing them. LOL. Funny how the mind works!

  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:57:31

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
After Oliver updates an excellent picture.
Woman in red really attracts attention, but the boats did not notice, all due respect to Oliver.   Posted: 08/11/2019 02:36:29
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Thank you Israel!

  Posted: 08/12/2019 17:57:52

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I think both compositions have a lot to say, depending on your choices. Your revised image, with Oliver, is a good shot of a seaside couple, and a captivating dog.
But I also like the original because it contains a discussion about people each wrapped up in their own world. No faces are shown (except the dog--significant), and everyone turns their backs to each other. Even the couple do not face each other, nor do we see their faces. In color, it's about the seaside; in B/W, it's about non-interaction.   Posted: 08/13/2019 16:21:00


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