Jennifer Marano  

Free Ride by Jennifer Marano

October 2019 - Free Ride

About the Image(s)

I call it "Free Ride" and it was taken from a boat in Glacier Bay, Alaska, on July 22nd. I used my Sony a7 iii with a Sony FE 100-400 lens (that I rented for the trip) at 265 mm, f/8, 1/2500 second and ISO 125. Post processing was in Lightroom. It struck me as amusing to watch them floating by on an iceberg watching us float by on a boat!

5 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Happy Friday, Jennifer! Really cool trip you went on - on my bucket list for sure. Yes, very cute photograph - I can imagine what that looked like as you all were drifting past one another! Very funny, indeed.

In itself the photograph is likeable and pretty much technically fine, however I have some thoughts: as you all normally see, I speak about the use of "space", one suggestion would be if you have another similar shot that covers more area on both left and right to emphasize the location - maybe - alternatively, a very close Crop on a particular section of the floating ice is another approach to this scene. Also, conversion to Black-White may prove really beautiful and worth exploring.

Jennifer, all I am doing here is providing some thoughts on how I may have approached this scene. (I am aware you may have had artifacts in and around the subject that may make some (or all) of these suggestions not applicable).

one more alternative: keeping the same focus and composition - but drastically move the subject higher (leaving more water in the foreground). Again, to emphasize the space that surrounds the subject, but also to engage the viewer to take a second look - as drastic shift of the subject away from center may grasp their attention.

"points to ponder". Hope you have a lot more to share from this trip!   Posted: 10/04/2019 15:54:52

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Jennifer, At first glance, I thought I saw penguins. I personally like this image in color, which emphasizes the unique cyanish color of glacial ice contrasted with the black and white gulls. I belive you do not need that much head space in the top of the image.By placing your ice island in the upper third, I think would compose the image a bit better. You might try cropping to a 16:9 ratio to see how that looks. Technically, your exposure, tonal range and focus are spot on.   Posted: 10/06/2019 07:29:16
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! I tried a few of the suggestions - B&W was okay, but I like the color better. I cropped off the top a bit and I think I do like that more than what I first did. I will probably fool around with it some more because I think I would like to enter it in my club's competition at some point, If I don't get side-tracked by newer images!   Posted: 10/14/2019 16:49:44
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Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
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I think the close crop was necessary for me to recognize birds on the ice. I enjoy the image and agree with Mike on altering the composition slightly.   Posted: 10/14/2019 11:19:45


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