Kerry McFarlane  

Lake Bael Bael  by Kerry McFarlane

February 2021 - Lake Bael Bael

February 2021 - Kerry McFarlane


About the Image(s)

In past years this lake was a beautiful wetland for many birds and animals. Due to the use of water following into the lake being diverted for irrigation purposes water no longer flows into the lake. Nowadays it is dry unless there is a major flood event in the area. Despite not having any water the basin is covered in native grasses and surrounded in majestic gum trees. This image was shot during sunrise as the soft light spilled over the dry lake bed

Nikon D500 Tamron 14 - 70 lens
1/160sec at f9.0
ISO 640

5 comments posted

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I think this is a great example of the power of photography to document and emphasize the pressure and damage the environment is under. I like the depth of field, composition and how you warmed the light on the big tree in your final image, but I like the sky better in the original shot. I find the couple of branches in the upper left corner as slightly distracting.

Did you give any consideration to making your post processing edits on a localized basis?

I've made an edit in Lightroom for your consideration with localized edits, warming the trees and bushes, but leaving the sky blue and removing the branches in the upper left corner.   Posted: 02/10/2021 19:14:51
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Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your edits Walter. I can see what you are saying, my idea was to capture more of an arid scene. I find your sky a little too blue for what I am attempting to portray but do agree the sky does need a touch more colour. Cant believe I didn't see the branches you removed, after having you point them out they really bothered me. Thanx again for your comments Walter, I always learn something from you   Posted: 02/15/2021 14:57:30
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I think you did a great job capturing the arid scene and that you have a very nice image. What is more important, you know the feel you were trying to capture better than anyone else. Over the years I have had people point out small things along the edges of my images that needed to be removed or corrected, so I've become more conscious of those imperfections. I now try to incorporate a scan around the borders as a final check in all my edits, I catch a lot of them, but I still find some I miss. It seems like when you look at the image long enough, some of those small things just get overlooked! I'm glad you find my comments useful.   Posted: 02/15/2021 15:17:25

David Blass   David Blass
On the other hand, I think a bright blue sky downplays the sense of an arid landscape where once there was a lake. The shot as submitted is very effective at presenting the vast area of dirt (formerly lake bottom) even though it doesn't take up that much of the frame.   Posted: 02/13/2021 08:48:39
Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your comments David. I was intending to show aridness of the area. What was once a wetland and home to numerous birds and animals is now a total contrast, being dry and vacant.   Posted: 02/15/2021 15:01:52


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