Kathleen Colligan  

Chair on the River by Kathleen Colligan

October 2020 - Chair on the River

About the Image(s)

This favorite photo was taken in my backyard on Sept 19, 2020. That is my chair that overlooks the Delaware River. It was 6 am when the sun was starting to come up with a misty morning . Heavy fog was rushing over the river and the sun was reflecting on the water. My Sony x10iv does not usually work that well in low light situations but I love the feeling of this one. I used some basic Lightroom adjustments.
Camera- Sony Rx10iv
ISO 320 F5.6 1/2500sec

6 comments posted

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais

This is a very interesting photo. I love the cloud formations, and their colors which are phenomenal. The photo exudes an overall peacefulness, and is very calming. It makes me want zone out in that chair!

Excellent shot!

  Posted: 10/06/2020 17:49:46

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I have taken variations on this theme and always go into it seeking to tell the story of how wonderful this is. Your photo does this nicely, especially the colorful background. The light is soft and sets the scene for mystery. The chair is well placed, but I had a thought. If you added one of your hats or a personal sweater, or something that adds to the story. My thinking is that it becomes even more personal. Lovely image.   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:12:00
Kathleen Colligan
Thank you for your constructive and helpful responses. It was not a staged photo. Rather - I just came upon it that morning so no personal items could be added. I am sure the fog and lighting would have changed by the time I went inside if I attempted that . I see how that would add to the photo though .   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:38:52

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
First of all , again I envy you for staying midst such a lovely place. awesome image. Love it . I want to sit in this chair

About RX10 , for very high dynamic shots such as this , i would suggest you to try multiple exposure shots , its there in sony RX10 and you can shoot handheld with 2Ev difference , you will then have to merge the 3 images in PP.

Also try one more thing , in Av mode , set the exposure meter down to -3 and shoot , you might get a dark image ,later trying opening up the shadows in LR ( first lower the contrast and then open shadows to your liking ) , try it .
  Posted: 10/11/2020 21:35:02

Kathleen Colligan
Prasad -You know so much about the technical aspects of photography and this camera. I am grateful for all your help but not sure if I understand all of this. I don't have a photography background and still learning. When you say multiple exposures; do you mean bursts or bracket? 2EV difference ?I will have to look up too. And how do you merge them? PP? I have done panoramic merges in LR but not sure if you mean that ? I have never used AV mode either so another thing I will have to look up. You motivate me with your suggestions to learn more so thank you.   Posted: 10/12/2020 05:15:02

Laurie McShane
Such an unusual photo... The colors are wonderful, and I especially like how the branches of the oak (?) tree are framing the scene. The soft, warm light on the riverbank really drew me in. Like the others, I wish I could spend the morning there.   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:23:45


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