Charles Walker  

Graceful Bather by Charles Walker

June 2020 - Graceful Bather

June 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

In 1966 an eccentric sculptor, Larry Griffis, created an outdoor sculpture park south of Buffalo. It is now over 400 acres containing 250 works. The image I submitted for this month is one of his Bathers. It was taken recently during the pandemic late afternoon on a cloudy day. However, because of irregularities in the newly emerging foliage, this Bather appeared to be interestingly spot lighted. I channel swapped reds with blues to render a steel blue & white image, then used the Content Aware tool to remove the distracting Bather’s platform. Some cropping was done, and I soften the image by slightly decreasing the clarity. Finally, to emphasize the Bather, I added a vignette. Camera data: Nikon D7000 (590nm filter), 130mm, f/16, 1/50th, ISO = 200.

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

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Charles,
I'm not a crop-fanatic like some of my photo friends who feel nearly every image merits some kind of crop. When I first opened this one, however, I had a feeling the Bather is simply too small in the frame, especially given all that's going on behind him or her! Also, the shore by the Bather is quite overexposed it seems to me. I did crop for a change and added a little density to the bright water reflecting the shoreline...and ditto for that shoreline. See if more of a pano has any appeal to you at all.   Posted: 06/01/2020 07:42:52
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Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, a little cropping should be done, I agree. However, I feel better about putting the figure more to the right than in the middle. Although she is a statue, viewers may want to give her some diving room. Glad you noticed the brightness difference on the bank and in the reflection. That slipped by me. Thanks for suggesting these improvements.   Posted: 06/01/2020 20:20:59

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I like your work here. Removing the board the statue is diving from really changes the effect. I like the tone. Agree with your placement choice also. I will leave further cropping to you. Something to think about next time, the diver and the tree behind her are overlapping so moving to right to create some clearance is a good thing to my eye.

Emil   Posted: 06/02/2020 09:28:07

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Charles
I did comment on the image earlier and wondered where it's gone!
I like the original as you've composed, but am inclined to lean towards Gary's version the way he has post-processed. Nontheless, its a wonderful subject for IR and you have well to captured the surrounds so beautifully.   Posted: 06/02/2020 20:26:14

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Chuck, I think this is an innovative capture. Removing the base makes it seem almost real. You did a great job there. I do like the toning used, which is in keeping with a water scene. There are some areas of brightness which are easily toned down. I do wish that there was some separation from the trees behind. I would not do any cropping.   Posted: 06/07/2020 10:49:35

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
On images of reflections, crop questions abound, starting with where to divide the reflection and the subject? I find having them not quite right down the middle can add a lot of interest to an image, Charles, and while your crop shows a bit more of the scene than the reflection, I would have preferred going in the direction of Gary's crop; one could even go further and crop into the statue itself. In other words, less of the scene and more of the reflection.

The reflection is lovely, and I like your post processing treatment of the image overall.   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:34:07
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Thanks Jack for the comments. Indeed there is no set rules for cropping. This image presents a challenge because of all the visual clutter behind the statue, so I agree that a tighter crop is in order. However, I still prefer putting the diver off-center to the right giving her room to plunge.   Posted: 06/12/2020 17:13:31