Judy Murphy  

Small Beach Stone by Judy Murphy

May 2020 - Small Beach Stone

May 2020 - Judy Murphy


About the Image(s)

Attached is an image I took [ of a small beach stone at low tide ] with my iPhone 7 that Lightroom informs me is f1.8 1/1500 second at 28mm.
I thought I would try processing it in Lightroom in low key.

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11 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Interesting image - almost abstract, even with the description that you provided. Nice work with an iPhone. I like both versions without a strong preference for either one. The stone appeared suspended above the sand.
It looks like you were standing right above this pebble. Did you try taking this same pebble from different angles - possibly increasing the three dimentional aspect of this scene?
  Posted: 05/04/2020 12:58:15
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Oh Pierre you are correct. I shot from directly above. I have other images shot more from the side, which are not as flat, but chose this one as I liked the rivulets in the sand. They might have worked better.....my bad.   Posted: 05/14/2020 09:54:26
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Judy,
I do not think there are right and wrong ways... just different ways. All that depends on what one wants to illustrate, or what you like better. Sometimes it can be very difficult to choose...
Nice work.   Posted: 05/14/2020 11:54:10

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The rivulets in the sand spread out like spider's legs. The photographer's keen eye brings dividends! The original seems to my eye the more interesting version of the two as it better conveys the details in the sand.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:15:46
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks Lamar.   Posted: 05/14/2020 09:56:13

Kathryn Engle
This is very interesting. These phones now a days are getting pretty amazing. I like the composition and then the effects you added to it which seem like a bit a extra texture and vignetting and making it a more pure b/w.   Posted: 05/16/2020 16:10:14

San Yuan   San Yuan
Hi, Judy:

When the weather is not cooperating, always survey your surrounding looking for shapes and textures. You have done a wonderful job on that. As other mentioned, I also like the original image better; it has more glow that attracted my eyes. I think if you could increase the exposure on the processed image by 1 to 1.5 F stop, it might be stronger.   Posted: 05/17/2020 21:02:15
Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Your suggestion San is appealing. At the time I edited it I had just attended a B&W workshop online and see I overdid it a bit. Attached is result of increasing exposure 1 stop. Thanks for your input & welcome aboard!   Posted: 05/18/2020 08:12:04
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Judy,

Without your explanation I would think this could be an image of an archeological physical remains. This one thing that I learned from you. I just practice it in my last trip to India. Some of my photography friends have given me positive comments on it. By the way, I did a little bit of post editing from your original image. I think it's more revealing (to me) where the light and the stream came from the same directions.   Posted: 05/22/2020 07:08:38
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Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Yes; nice effect. Thanks.   Posted: 05/22/2020 12:23:49

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Judy,
I like how this approaches an abstraction and for this reason prefer the B&W version. I cropped in even more with a 4x5 aspect ratio and added little glow with a mild Orton effect.
Nice idea, Todd   Posted: 05/23/2020 11:08:25
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