Brenda Fishbaugh  


Lake Josephine sunset by Brenda Fishbaugh

May 2020 - Lake Josephine sunset

May 2020 - Brenda Fishbaugh

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May 2020 - Brenda Fishbaugh

Original 2

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Canon 5D Mark IV Tamron SP 15-30 wide angle tripod

This is Lake Josephine, where we have our Snow bird place in Sebring, FL. During the lockdown, I took my tripod down to the lake and shot this HDR (4 shots). I was especially worried about the tree. Normally, you would recommend that I cut the the tree and use it as part of the frame. What are your thoughts?

ISO 100 30mm f/22 1/60 sec


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15 comments posted

Richard Huang   Richard Huang
Hi Brenda. I like the picture. The post processing is nicely done. Perfect.

I would keep the frame as is. It might be more common approach to cut the tree, but then it is a common picture. What you have done is kind of unique. I like it.   Posted: 05/01/2020 13:44:24
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks so much for your thoughts, Richard. I appreciate it.   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:31:58

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
I too like the post processing, and the tree exactly where it is with the small branch on the right against the sky. Two small points from me, the 'puddle' on the left draws my eye, and the horizon is too central. With this crop the sun is almost on the thirds.   Posted: 05/03/2020 13:34:10
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Terry! I think moving the horizon line is smart. Good catch!   Posted: 05/03/2020 18:42:40

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I made the changes suggested--darkened the pond along the left edge, lightened the foreground (it seems much darker here than on my screen) and and moved the horizon line off center. Any additional thoughts on my changes?   Posted: 05/06/2020 13:46:25
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
I like your updated version Brenda, those sun rays are spectacular and the whole scene is very peaceful.

I kind of like your original #2 with silhouettes - or maybe another image from that scene in silhouette would make a nice image as well.

I didn't catch what you meant by cutting / cropping the tree different, can you explain that?   Posted: 05/11/2020 22:13:00
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Jason, thanks for your helpful comments! It's usually recommended to not let a tree cut your photo into two photos, and instead, crop so just a sliver of the tree frames the right side. So I'd lose 1/4 of the right side of the photo, which I thought added a lot. Luckily, everyone else agreed that although I was breaking a rule, it still worked. Hopefully, judges will feel the same!   Posted: 05/12/2020 11:50:37
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation Brenda.

In this case I think your choice was a good one.   Posted: 05/12/2020 16:17:04

Abdo Allam   Abdo Allam
hi Brenda , you do great work and the blinding is perfect , foe me I would like to have a little details in foreground under the tree to show the details of roots of it
  Posted: 05/14/2020 06:26:33
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Does this look better, or would you like it to be lighter?   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:08:21
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the photo - the color and composition are great. I do, however, have a few suggestions. In my revision I lightened the dark areas around the tree and I also dodged the tops of the grasses nearest the tree. And, I cropped a little off the bottom of your image.   Posted: 05/14/2020 13:23:08
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks so much! I appreciate your revision, Jim.   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:06:32

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Very well processed, not over saturated like most HDR. Enough details in shadow and also highlights are not blown, well balanced processing. Liked the way you composed, I am not a follower of rules of third etc, posted image looks good.   Posted: 05/21/2020 21:37:32
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thank you so much, Sunil. I appreciate it.   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:06:58

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Does this look better?   Posted: 05/24/2020 19:20:52
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