Lou McLove  

St. Kitts Fortress by Lou McLove

August 2019 - St. Kitts Fortress

August 2019 - Lou McLove


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This photo was taken at Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts. Canon 7D, lens: Tamron 16-300 shot at 32mm. Settings; 1/200 at f16, ISO 400. In Lightroom I cropped the image a little, then I removed a couple of distractions like the yellow leaf on the ground. I lightened the shadows and darkened the highlights, I used the HSL slider to saturate the blues (+29) and finally I used an adjustment brush to add contrast to the sky.

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8 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
I feel that this image suggests a story of the colonial era when lands were claimed and then defended - it must certainly have an interesting history. For me the depth of field, exposure and sharpness are well done. I think the highlight and shadow work - especially on the wall and the sky to the left (with added contrast) have increased the appeal of the image.

It seems to me that the cannon extending out of frame on the right creates a distraction. To my eye the placement of the components of the picture in the foreground - both the wall and the cannon - lead my eye into the picture on the left and back out on the right - never giving me a fixation point to stop on. From my experience I would have left the darker cloud on the right in its less-saturated state.   Posted: 08/02/2019 06:41:36

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I agree with Gary. I've used a 16x9 crop to get a better circular rotation where the cannon isn't so "heavy". But that's just my eye. I would also soften the clouds at the upper left but I love the cloud over the volcano. As a keepsake image of your trip this sure brings out the beauty of the area.   Posted: 08/04/2019 09:25:20
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Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for your comments Trey. I think misinterpreted Gary's comment, I thought he wanted to see more cannon. I like the way you cropped it.   Posted: 08/04/2019 12:07:44

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
What masterful work you have done to transform the original image into something dynamic and interesting. Bringing out the clouds to make the sky more interesting helped a lot, and making the distant volcano less hazy added balance to the composition. However, my obsessive-compulsive eye wants more sky at the top and slightly less wall at the bottom. Also, artificial as it might be, something might be done to darken the white mortar in the wall. The human eye is attracted to contrasts caused by white stuff, or so I've been told.   Posted: 08/04/2019 16:40:30

Sumit Basu   Sumit Basu
Nice image.I like the way you finished the sky and mountain and the green part.I would have darken the foreground rocky wall and add some texture to the canon.   Posted: 08/07/2019 21:22:30

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Great image! I like the beauty of the clouds shrouding the mountain top. The cannon is rather large as a foreground element. It would have been great to see this image from a perspective that was farther back which would make the cannon smaller.   Posted: 08/08/2019 10:04:42
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks Scott. I see your point. Perhaps if I could have moved back and a little higher I could have shown more of the middle ground while keeping the canon in the same relative position in the image.   Posted: 08/08/2019 10:45:10

Rajani Ramanathan   Rajani Ramanathan
Lou, overall like the picture a lot and like the way you have edited it. Only distraction is the cloud to the right corner, making it so dark draws the eye to it, so maybe blend that in more. An overall Vignette might also make the canon frame less overwhelming.   Posted: 08/30/2019 17:25:58