Ruth Benson, QPSA  

Dot on the Lake by Ruth Benson, QPSA

December 2019 - Dot on the Lake

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The scene caught my eye as lines in the landscape led to the boat. The image had to be cropped to remove other objects which I could not eliminate when taking the shot. The image was taken with a 300mm zoom and I had to “de-haze” the background somewhat.

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12 comments posted

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
(Group 14)
I am not good at nature shooting. For me when I look at this picture, I have to ask myself, what is your main subject? It seems to me that the boat is a little distraction here. If taking the boat off, probably it looks better. It is just my opinion.   Posted: 12/01/2019 11:49:09

Kathleen Colligan
The contrasting colors of the trees and foliage make the image beautiful . I think the boat adds the finishing touch landing at that perfect spot.   Posted: 12/01/2019 13:19:16
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
That's very kind Kathleen. I am not entirely happy with the background - I feel it may be a bit too dark. Unfortunately there is not much detail in it as it was very hazy at the time I took the photo.   Posted: 12/02/2019 17:40:45

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
The whole point of this image are the leading lines and focus on the boat in the distance. :)   Posted: 12/01/2019 17:18:09

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I love this picture. The sailboat is a lovely addition that pulls the eye to the back of the picture, but it is the journey there that is the lovely blend of tones, textures, and colors. Well done,   Posted: 12/01/2019 19:27:37
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you Andrew, I am not sure about the dark background.   Posted: 12/02/2019 17:41:53

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I like the background for several reasons. First, it is not "busy" or distracting from the fore and mid-ground. It sets them off. Second, there is enough information so the viewer knows there are trees there and this added texture and shadows are another layer in a very layered picture. I once taught a Smithsonian course on Ansel Adams. One of the lessons is that his most powerful work was very layered, five or more layers seemed to be the best. You have 5.   Posted: 12/02/2019 19:27:59
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you for this feedback. I have not actually seen the five layers in this image and am really interested to learn about that. I am glad that you do not find the background too dark. I think it is just ok on a computer when the image is backlit. I have tried to print it and felt that it was way too dark.   Posted: 12/02/2019 20:14:44

Laurie McShane
I feel that this picture is wonderfully composed. The path clearly leads you to the lake, with the delightful addition of a sailboat. What else will you see continuing down that path? The colors create kind of a cool, moody effect, perhaps rain is pending? It seems like some of the best pictures are the ones that make you wish you could go there - this one does that.   Posted: 12/04/2019 15:16:08
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you Laurie, that's very kind.   Posted: 12/05/2019 04:55:29

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
This is a Wow of a image for me , for many reasons, i means it a very good example of landscape photography , you have leading lines, layers , Well balanced foreground , middle and background with colors and the way our eyes are drawn to the small sailboat is just awesome. if you dont mind I have tried my hand on your image in PS have made some minor adjustements with Levels, Curves, Vibrance , and i high pass filter to increase some sharpness for the trees behind . i am adding my edited version here for your kind consideration.   Posted: 12/06/2019 22:46:14
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Robin Voorhees   Robin Voorhees
Beautiful picture! Yes, the leading lines are wonderful and the sail boat at the end is perfect!   Posted: 12/16/2019 11:33:16