Jacob Wat  

Forest Pond by Jacob Wat

January 2021 - Forest Pond

January 2021 - Jacob Wat


About the Image(s)

For this week I went through some photos from the fall that I had that I didn’t know how to edit. I found this one challenging because I was happy with the scene but I am unsure of how to properly process the photo. To edit it I used Lightroom and increased contrast and exposure while decreasing the highlights a bit. I feel that I should also crop it and possibly apply other edits. The photo was taken using an iPhone 6s. It is of a pond in a nature park located in Illinois. I took the photo around late afternoon and I was located under trees which helped a bit with the light.

6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I think you've done a nice job with this pastoral scene, Jacob. It's framed nicely with trees, and with the bushes in the front. I'm a little sketchy on the subject. The light takes you to a couple of spots but nothing is in them. We'll see what advice the others have for you, but I love you've branched into a big landscape photography.   Posted: 01/06/2021 19:45:38

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Colours are great Jacob and well presented. I would possibly rotate the pic a little anticlockwise to straighten the trees. I like Brenda am curious about the significance of the pond.   Posted: 01/06/2021 20:37:22

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Jacob, you have done well with your processing to lighten the pond. But the picture does lack a center of interest for my eye to settle. Perhaps if you could get closer to the branch in the lower part of the frame that could be your center point.   Posted: 01/09/2021 14:17:27

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob,
I agree with all the above comments. I can see that you were attracted to this pond covered with moss. Next step, is to find out what you like in the scene and look at it from various angles, closer, further, etc... would be nice to have a point of interest or stronger directing lines. Personally, and probably because I am obsessive, I start by making sure that the image is not crooked, and then I try to choose a framing that will reinforce the directing lines. This depends on your taste, and with time and experience, you will find out what you prefer. I tried to make some adjustments and cropping based on your original.   Posted: 01/09/2021 19:11:19
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Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I like the sunlight and shadows on the pond and that the sky is not blown-out, as is easy to do in images like this. Lots of green in the image and, as noted, my eye wanders around a bit when I view it although I do think the pond in the center of interest here. I think your crop is good.   Posted: 01/10/2021 11:35:37

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good job with lightening the image and bringing the flowers on the tree on the left into view. I agree that there is no center of interest. In the future, maybe look for a rock or some other object to anchor the image, maybe something in the pond.   Posted: 01/11/2021 14:28:17


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