Cecilia Clark  

Minnesota Misty Morning by Cecilia Clark

November 2020 - Minnesota Misty Morning

November 2020 - Cecilia Clark


About the Image(s)

The title of the image is Minnesota Misty Morning. I took this mid September in the Boundary Waters near Ely, MN. My camera was a Nikon D750 and the lens for Nikon 70-200mm f/4. Focal length 175mm, f/9.5, 1/180 ISO 100, hand held.

In LR, I adjusted the exposure and then exported to Photoshop so I could clean up the upper portion of the tree with the clone tool. I also use the crop tool to add just a little space to the upper portion of the image. Back in LR, I again adjusted the exposure paying attention to lightening the blacks and brightening the whites, used a gradient tool on the blue portion of the sky to remove some of the yellow from the blue with the temperature slider. To my eye, that part of the sky was just too green. I then used the Hue/Saturation/Luminance function to reduce the saturation and increase the luminance of the blue in the sky. I cropped it to leave less empty space on the right side of the image. I slightly sharpened it and added a light vignette.

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6 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
This really gives me a chill, a premonition of the onset of fall as it gives away to a chilling winter. I liked what you did with your edits to bring out the brightness of the colors. The fog simply makes the story, that story of chill and premonition! This is almost like a Japanese tapestry. It is lovely!   Posted: 11/02/2020 12:16:01

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
This is a beautiful image. I wouldn't change I thing. The way you brightened up the light on the rocks and roots going into the water really added to this photo. And to me, the color tones suit the "misty morning" quite well.

Just lovely.   Posted: 11/02/2020 15:25:31

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
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This is a beautiful composition. The gentle color palette is also great.
It is almost monochrome, so I tried switching it to b/w, but did not like it. But in that process, I did like the attached, which was about 25% desaturated. For discussion only, I am attaching it.   Posted: 11/03/2020 18:19:24
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Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Cecilia, I'm really enamored of trees and this drooping one is especially attractive. The misty morning made the background soft which is a great contrast to the detailed foreground. I like what you did with the sky color, and what you have done to add pop to this photo. At the same time, I'm thinking maybe some areas could be toned down, and the whole color modified. Your processing has added saturation to the rocks and weeds in the lower left, which seems a bit over-strong. Therefore I tried desaturating that potion. In addition, I selectively added some contrast to the water to the right of the tree, so it was a point of interest. I also tried to desaturate the whole image, but didn't like that. Instead I found that adding a Color Lookup adjustment layer in PS was more to my taste. I used the 3DLut File named Late Sunset.3DL that comes with PS for this adjustment here. What do you think?
  Posted: 11/05/2020 17:52:53
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
What could I possibly add to what the others have said? This is lovely. My personal taste prefers the more saturated water (Witta's version). Good job cleaning up the stray branches in the upper left.   Posted: 11/10/2020 16:26:34

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
This is a beautiful image. LOVE the soft pastel colors. I feel so relaxed viewing this image. Great Job. The only thing I would change would be to crop out the first log at the bottom left corner. My eyes starts from left to right and it follows the first log and not the subject the beautiful tree gracefully hanging over the water.   Posted: 11/10/2020 20:17:32
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