Georgianne Giese  

Leland Sunset at the Marina by Georgianne Giese

August 2019 - Leland Sunset at the Marina

August 2019 - Georgianne Giese


About the Image(s)

This image was taken with my Canon 7D, at Leland Michigan. The harbor overlooks Lake Michigan near the tip of the lower peninsula. The atmosphere of the evening was mesmerizing. Birds flocked around the harbor as the sunset colored the sky with a yellow and orange glow.
To develop the image, I used PS CC. These are the steps I applied:
1. Used NIK Define to remove noise
2. Used Color Efex Pro 4 with these presets:
a. Detail Extraction
b. Darken/Lighten Center
c. Pro-Contrast
3. Copied the top layer
4. Used Topaz Impressions 2 and applied a Cezanne I preset
5. Applied a layer mask to the Topaz layer and used a lower opacity brush to decrease the effect of the Cezanne preset over the birds and selected areas of the image. Sorry but I don’t remember the opacity of the brush.

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

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
The drama of the sky contrasts perfectly with the calm of the boats. I think the birds add a great deal. I like the darkened edges, just subtle enough to emphasize the sky and that lovely reflection. Would I change anything? Absolutely not. But it is always fun to go back to the original and discover other what creative secrets it might hold.   Posted: 08/01/2019 12:17:02

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
This is an attractive realistic image with a lovely, calm, and relaxing mood. There are a couple of things I might modify. I would desaturate the blues in the image, since to me they are unrealistically blue so I find them distracting. Also. the boat is cropped so that it's not all there, yet only a sliver is missing, which feels slightly off. I would crop a bit more and try to get rid of the sign(?) on the dock behind (or clone the sign away). Finally I would try a tighter crop, maybe eliminate 1/5 from the top and 1/4 from the bottom. On the other hand, I could see making this more painterly by using Cezanne at a much stronger amount.   Posted: 08/01/2019 16:44:07

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Nice sunset capture. Congrats on not overdoing the enhancements--your finished image looks very natural.
Bouncing off of Witta's comment about the blue, I would like to offer an alternative. The so-called blue hour is naturally present in your shot in the shadow areas, but the open areas are colored by the red-orange sunset. I have never seen a natural combination like this. I think it's stunning like this, and an interesting combination.   Posted: 08/04/2019 18:16:55

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Georgianne. How lucky you were to see such a beautiful sunset! I like what you have done with the image - you have resisted over-processing and retained its natural look and feel.
I love the circling birds - they add drama and story to the shot.

I am a little distracted by the slightly cut off boat on the right, but see from your original image that this is not a crop problem. I feel that cloning out the small sign might take the attention away from the boat edge. Also slightly darkening the line where the prow of the boat becomes lighter at the very RH edge of the image. This would help keep the attention on the sunset scene and the boat edge won't be noticed.
Lovely :)   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:05:28
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Thanks for the suggestion Mary. I'll try that. I didn't even notice the sign before! When post-processing the image, I did wish that I had stepped a bit to the right when taking the original image. Darn!

I made your suggested corrections. There actually was no sign...just the brightness of the water behind the other side of the dock. To darken it, burning didn't work well, so I added a blank layer, picked the color of the post in that area, and painted on the blank layer over the reflective water.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:11:25
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
The good thing about digital is that it costs no more to take 50 pictures of that boat than it does to take 1. I often take a photo, check the preview, and go on to the next. But taking a few extra minutes to photograph other angles and compositions may give us more to work with in post processing.   Posted: 08/22/2019 21:23:09

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
I like this image. It's very calming. I'm not sure I can add anything that hasn't already been said. I agree with everyone about what a great job you did in post processing that you kept its natural look as opposed to ending up with something overly processed. Great job!   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:47:39