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Marsh Reflection & Jasper Landscape by Graham Jones

June 2020 - Marsh Reflection & Jasper Landscape

June 2020 - Graham Jones


About the Image(s)

Shot-1 This was taken around a marsh in March 2020. 240mm at f13. There was not a lot of colour but I was attracted by the reflection in the water. I played around with texture and clarity and adjusted the temp to make a little warmer.

Shot-2 This was taken near Jasper, Alberta. This is Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. Very iconic shot. 34mm, a little bit of a crop and a dark green profile in LR

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11 comments posted

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Graham: Marsh reflections really draws me in. It has simple beauty to it. Perhaps it is because I can envision myself casting a fishing lure up next to the grass and anticipating the strike of a fish. The red reflections at the bottom are a bit distracting. Other than that, the overall color works well.

Shot-2 troubles me. I am unsure why. It may be that it looks so nearly perfect as to be unreal. Or, perhaps it is simply envy on my part. I would like to hear more about your post processing techniques.   Posted: 06/01/2020 16:12:08

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Thanks Chan

Regarding image 2 the processing was all done in Lightroom. I warmed the image a bit, cropped, adjusted the white and black points, added a bit of a grad filter to add drama to the skies and a bit of highlight to the island as I wanted to draw your eye to it. I'm on my iPad at the moment but I'll try and add the original for comparison.

I would appreciate comments on the post processing. Is it too much? I was trying to make a nice art piece.   Posted: 06/01/2020 17:20:43

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Here is the almost original Just a slightly different shutter speed   Posted: 06/01/2020 18:49:34

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
  Posted: 06/01/2020 20:12:44
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Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Thank you for your response and description of your post processing. I can now understand what you did. With that explanation, I can see the image in a different light. Did you do too much, or too little? I will leave that question for you, or others to answer. Good work.   Posted: 06/02/2020 17:34:58

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Great job with both images! The marsh seen is almost mesmerizing . . . the repetition (although not perfect) creates interest and draws me in . . . and the reflection (including some ripples/debris) - is great. The golden color is perfect. I'm left wondering what the red spots are in the lower part of the reflection. Perhaps that's good - or you could have included more of the upper scene to allow a viewer to see what they are?

Spirit Island is stunning. I could see this framed on a wall. Looks almost like a painting. Great reflections. I would get rid of the stray branches along the right border . . . . I don't think they add anything and distract. I wouldn't crop tighter . . . since you want the whole image of the island with some space around it.

I like the processing of the island . . . improves it and appears real! I wonder if the clouds are a bit over-done; the whole image is so idyllic . . . and then the dark ominous clouds are overhead.

Regarding the rocks in the water - they add interest and I'd be inclined to keep them. Could see what it would look like if you removed them. There are three rocks on the right border (partially out of the frame) that I personally would remove.

Noticeable that the dark clouds over the mountains - don't create much reflection. This is probably an artifact of your processing the sky. You could redo the clouds in the lake - by flipping the image 180 degrees into a new layer - and feathering in/blending the new/inverted clouds in the water. The effect works well, looks real and is easier than it sounds.   Posted: 06/02/2020 16:56:38

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Graham,

I love your marsh reflection! And I like the red reflection in the center bottom as there are red berries or whatever on the right that more or less explain what they are. The only thing I found distracting was the red dot in the upper left hand corner. I guess it could be a red bird, but in that case I wish I could see it closer. Might be better to just take it out.

Your Spirit Island image is just beautiful. Sometimes perfection is just perfect. I can imagine never getting tired of seeing that image on my wall. I think I agree with Steven about the branches in the lower right corner, but I didn't notice them until he mentioned them. And I share Chan's envy and desire to see it for myself!   Posted: 06/05/2020 21:12:51

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Good day, Graham!

The Marsh colors are warm and soothing - I like the composition. However, as already mentioned, perhaps including more of the top portion of the Golden Weave (and thus revealing the red berries?) would be more complete and definitive.

This may be a good photograph to rotate 180 degrees and see if a more abstract version is also inviting.   Posted: 06/07/2020 06:58:47

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Shot-2 is in one of my favorite destinations to hike, bike and capturing beautiful images...your work here is wonderful!

Yes, the sky is over processed. As Steven already pointed out, the enhanced drama is not reflected and this likely adds to the sky's apparent "heavy hand". In any case, I prefer a lot less drama unless it was easily recognized as part of the original weather. I feel the ND filter is the way to go, just a little less spice, as it were.

And yes, a prime shot that will look beautiful in any space it is matted, framed and hung. Lovely work, Graham!   Posted: 06/07/2020 07:10:15

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Thank you everyone for the comments. I didn't crop the marsh shot so those red berries are not available. With respect to Spirit Island Im going to do another version with the sky less underexposed and see how my wife likes it.   Posted: 06/09/2020 09:26:07

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Both photos are excellent! For shot 1, the reflection is perfect. I personally like the red spots in the reflection as in my opinion it provides interest. My only suggestion is to perhaps experiment with the contrast in the standing marsh to get a little more darkness (not too much in order not to blow out the lighter portions). Nice image!

For shot 2, I really like this image. The composition is excellent as are the details and DOF. I agree with the above comments that the clouds are possibly a little over processed. This is an excellent photo that should be hanging on a wall!   Posted: 06/20/2020 10:28:47