Emil Davidzuk  

Quiet Water  by Emil Davidzuk

January 2020 - Quiet Water

January 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

I took this photo at a interesting place I like to visit not too far from home; on a dirt road in the midst of suburbia, there are several ranches and large homes in this area “ seems like I enter a time warp when I visit. Workflow: White balance the raw image; I then made global changes with Topaz Studio 2 using Rad Drew’s workflow that he demonstrated on a recent PSA webinar, and used LR to adjust highlights and shadows

Shot with Canon 5D Mk II, 590nm at 35mm 1/60 sec f10, ISO 320, OEV.

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

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This is really very lovely, Emil. It evokes a peaceful dreamy sense of mood. What makes it come together for me, are the foreground reflections, and from your vantage point there is a sense of symmetry that works very well. I could also see this taken in a much more contrasty direction, similar to some of your past images, but once again I'd say it works fine as is as it preserves the serene mood. Very nice.   Posted: 01/03/2020 17:19:52

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Emil,

Glad you watched Rad's webinar...he is from Indianapolis and is a good friend. This composition and post-processing really works for me. At first I wondered about contrast, but I wouldn't want contrast to spoil the wonderful reflections in the water. It's filled with mood and a story...well done.   Posted: 01/04/2020 08:28:18

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Emil, my eye basks in the beauty and serenity of the black & white version of this lovely image, but to be honest, I also sort of like the original version. It is a matter of opinion and style, but this may be an image Russell Hart would like to keep some color retained in. For example, the colors in the reflection provide some contrast with the brown fringe areas. Is there a compromise possible or would we end up with a . . . compromise?   Posted: 01/07/2020 20:51:02

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Your suggestion for retaining color is very intriguing. I will blend the water from the original with the background and repost it for feedback.

Emil   Posted: 01/08/2020 08:30:48

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Here is my rendition with the steam color retained. I started over vice trying to blend the image I posted with the raw version.

Emil   Posted: 01/09/2020 11:55:52
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Charles Walker   Charles Walker
I like the conversion, but also like what Melanie did with contrast. Can the two be combined? However, the color version may be harder to bring out the highlights in the middle of distant trees and reflection in the stream while vignetting or darkening the left and right sides of the image?   Posted: 01/19/2020 21:14:10

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Emil, This is a lovely scene, well worth photographing. You seem to have lost some of the details with your conversion. There is a sameness of tones throughout the image. I worked on your raw image, converted and added contrast. Let me know what you think   Posted: 01/15/2020 13:23:51
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