Valerie Pohio  

The Gullsm by Valerie Pohio

October 2019 - The Gullsm

About the Image(s)

This was taken on f8 at 1/2500 with the ISO pushed up to 500. It was taken on my Canon 5D Mk111 with a Tamron 150-600. The gull was some way from me (thank goodness) as I was standing on the beach and the result is somewhat grainy. This is not a sharp lens at the best of times. However, I still like the image and the power of nature it reflects. I love the light on the little gull juxtaposed against the fury of the wave. To further accentuate this, I used curves in post processing and further darkened the already dark sky and water. I then lifted the highlights just a little to accentuate the contrasting light on the white of the gull and the part of the wave below. And finally to even further accentuate the contrast, I lifted the wave just a little by using transform. And finally, finally, I added a vignette.

2 comments posted

Susan Ashford   Susan Ashford
Hi Valerie,
Yes you sure have captured the power of nature with this
rolling sea and gorgeous wave.
I think the grain suits the image too.
I am unable to enlarge this on my screen but there appears to be a central column ,2 visible lines ... starting on left by the gull wing and ending on the right as the wave lifts . It may be an editing artefact from a mask ?
Very pleasant artistic image and mono really suits.

  Posted: 10/06/2019 11:31:23

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
A great photo, well edited - but I don't know what to think of the line that comes on the left down the center of the gull and on the right, to the bottom of the wave? It seems too straightly chiseled to be rain. If you did it in editing, I would take it out.   Posted: 10/16/2019 23:22:20


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