Charles Walker  

Zambezi River by Charles Walker

March 2020 - Zambezi River

March 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

This is a photograph of the Zambezi River taken at midafternoon on an extremely hot day. Heat waves rising above the river in the distance created an illusion of a sunrise or sunset. I cropped the original a lot and straighten the horizon. Using an adjustment layer, I changed the color balance to emphasize the contrast between the yellows, tans and blues. The camera raw filter was used to decrease clarity to soften the image. Noise was reduced with Topaz AI noise reduction. Camera data: Nikon D750, f/10, 1/800, 360mm, ISO=500.

5 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Charles, to me the intended subject of this image is unclear - ie Where do you want my eye to land? For me there are two questions I ask myself when showing others an image. -- How do I want my image to look so that others will get the message I want to convey? Have I emphasized the elements that will create the response I want? Perhaps if you would clarify your own thoughts it would answer my first question.

From my experience, since water is colorless, it can only reflect the color of light hitting it. For me the yellow sky you have created post-process could not result in water that blue. That is unless per my two questions you were creating for an abstract image. Again, your thoughts there would help clarify me understanding. Thanks.

  Posted: 03/02/2020 06:53:52

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Charles, I like how you have handled this image, it seems to me that you have taken a rather uninteresting image and made it into a very pleasing image. Per Gary's comments I don't mind the lack of focal point, to me viewing this image is quite relaxing.   Posted: 03/03/2020 09:47:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I agree with everyone!
The scene is pleasant to look at, and you have conveyed the lazy heat of the day.
I also think it is a touch too processed, because it announces "I am post-processed." I would suggest backing off a bit with the color intensity.
This also reminds me of Kipling's line from the Just So Stories: "the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River".   Posted: 03/03/2020 15:40:50

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I agree with Gary, tone down the blue water and I would smooth it out by taking sharpening and clarity sliders all the way down. My initial reaction was an inspiration image. There are multilayers here, which is a nice touch. As an inspirational piece, all you need is a quote from someone for that "ah ha" reaction.   Posted: 03/05/2020 10:26:28

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
I like the overall look of the image. I like the haze in the background and think that it adds to the image. The water looks a bit over-sharpened.   Posted: 03/06/2020 10:21:02


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