Tage Christiansen  

Skejten by Tage Christiansen

June 2020 - Skejten

June 2020 - Tage Christiansen


About the Image(s)

Title “Skejten”

Technique 1/200, sec. f/ 13.0, iso 200, 14 mm.

Picture taken in southern Denmark on the island of Lolland, a lovely nature area.

I haven't done much in terms of image, it is straightened up and cropped a bit, as well as mean contrast and some sharpness.

I want to use image in Danish competition in Nature, therefore I do not have to correct as much in image as, say to remove stains.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
Love the reflection of the clouds in the water. You might want to consider cropping a bit on the right and left or even a more dramatic crop eliminating some of the clouds. For example, see what you think of this edit. I find my eye reaching to the rock on the right and the tree on the left instead of focusing on the two trees the way it is now. There are a few dust spots that could easily be fixed with spot removal.   Posted: 06/01/2020 11:55:49
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Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
I can see that your proposal gives a good balance, but I would like to keep a little more of the top and bottom to make it more dramatic, the side cropping is a good idea.   Posted: 06/03/2020 05:04:12
Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
sounds good :)   Posted: 06/03/2020 07:27:21

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Since I'm new to this group let me start with one of the cardinal rules of photography. No matter what the image or subject may be, the subconscious eye of the viewer is always drawn to the brightest and generally sharpest part of the image. This is something that the viewer has no control over it just happens. Try it when you look at images as see for yourself.

So now let's examine this image. The initial impact of the image upon me is the drama of the sky and then the reflection in the water. They almost become competing subjects. My eye seems to bounce from top to bottom. I feel that the drama of the sky creates a strong and compelling story and I would bet that those clouds drew you to photograph this scene. The scene has numerous leading lines such as the clouds in the reflection the leading shore line on the left (including the bright part of the bank) and also the gentle curve of the blue water on the right. This curve adds serenity to the scene. All of these elements are strong positive points that make the image work.

Since the sky is the bright center piece my next consideration is what part of the sky am I drawn to? Since the clouds are slightly stormy and partly dark I fell the large patch of bright blue in the upper left pulls me in, but blue sky is so boring-it is the clouds that carry the punch. Thus I would suggest cropping off that large patch as this would bring attention to the clouds. The technical aspects of the capture appear to be well handled. You have no hot spots in the clouds with blown highlights which demonstrates both care and skill on your part. Another good thing. I suggest you carefully check your horizon line. The right side is higher than the left---not by much but it look like it is. For the record this is always a deal breaker in competition. I always check the horizon in my camera viewfinder and also check when processing with a guide line. I've been penalized on an image one time too many---I was a slow learner. The use of Light is something that drives up scores. In this case the light is well removed from the Golden Hours and you have even mid day light which can be quite harsh. In this case the heavy clouds break up the harsh light and they save the scene. You picked the right time to make this capture. You did a good job of using the fixation points for emphasis by placing the two trees on the left fixation points and that grounds the image quite well. (use of rule of thirds) A good rule of thumb for an image with a reflection is that the reflection should be darker than the item that is being reflected. This you managed well. The lower portion is slightly darker than the sky. This brings me to the horizon, which is dangerously placed near the center of the image. The problem was by cropping off the bright blue section of the sky it moved the horizon more to the center. The weight of the trees on the left help to off set this, but not enough. In the crop I've attached I wanted to crop more from the bottom, but didn't. You have to decide how much emphasis you want on the reflection or the sky---or you could just balance both evenly. Rules are made to be broken, and it is your image. I also removed two little blips of foliage one from the right and one from the left edges since they were not adding anything to the image. (check the original to see). Images that tell a story are always stronger. There is a story line here with the building storm and the clouds carry that story. If the image has a flaw it is the lack of a focused subject. The clouds are the subject but they are spread across the upper half of the image and this lets the eye roam. This can work but it is up to either the maker or the viewer to say if it does work. If, for example, those two trees were larger in the frame they could become the heroic stalwarts standing against the storm and would make the image stronger.

OK, I've tried to cover everything which is much more than is necessary from anyone. If folks picked one or two elements to discuss that would be great. However I just wanted to provide food for thought.

Most importantly this is your image---and you are always right. If you like things the way they are then that is how they should be. These are just my opinions, and I've been know to be wrong quite often. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding what I've put forth. It is all about the discussion.
  Posted: 06/01/2020 12:48:59
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Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Hi Larry
Thank you very much for a very thorough review of image. It was the dramatic clouds that made me take pictures. I totally agree that the horizon should be completely horizontal, I can see that a small contraband is missing
Morning and evening are probably the best times for good light to photograph, but when you are traveling, you have to take the pictures while you are there, which is why I also have many pictures taken at other times.
I also agree that the bush on the left and the stone on the right should be removed.
It is exciting to see the format you have cropped image for, it is more panorama, I have little doubt whether your proposal or Bristow proposal is best, but I can think of that.
Excuse my English, I'm getting help from Google.
Many greetings
Tage   Posted: 06/03/2020 08:49:30
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
No problem with the English. As long as we can speak Photography. :-)   Posted: 06/04/2020 20:02:56

Bristow Joseph   Bristow Joseph
Hi Tage,

This is an excellent capture and a very beautiful scenery , I just want to sit somewhere in this picture with a glass of wine .
When I look at this image critically , I felt like there is fantastic stage but no actors/characters , but definitely the scene itself is an actor in most landscapes but if we had some performance on the scene it would have taken it to another level.I have added my own crop version with some horizon adjustment which create some sort of symmetry of clouds from both sides ,tree little bit bigger and thus avoid a lot of negative portion of the image on the right side.   Posted: 06/02/2020 04:03:54
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Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Hi Bristow
Thanks for your rating, when I look at your and Larry's suggestions I have a doubt which one I like best.
It is the dramatic clouds and the mirror in the sea I like It is possible if there had been a ship or similar in the water, placed in the right place, would make the picture better.
Tage   Posted: 06/03/2020 08:58:09
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
You are right. Like Bristow said, this is a fantastic stage but it needs an actor. I sort of made reference to this when I mentioned that if the trees had been bigger...

An all scenic image works quite often if there is just something in the scene to catch the eye. The boat would not work since this is a nature scene, but you have the right idea. Maybe a breaching whale????   Posted: 06/07/2020 17:39:37

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Good Afternoon Tase,

You did an excellent job of taking a very blasé scene and making it very interesting. The drama occurring in the sky is very nicely reflected in the water. In my opinion, the blue in the sky is a bit harsh however. I think I would have backed off a bit on the black or saturation slider. Well done!   Posted: 06/05/2020 14:14:55

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
A very nice landscape with a killer sky for drama. My preference would be to crop in from the left and bottom to get more emphasis on the sky. The reflection is nice, but blurry with the wave action and losing a bit of that would be helpful.   Posted: 06/06/2020 09:11:42

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Well after all those great comments I am supposed to add something? Well here it goes. I love the clouds and I agree that I would crop only some of the top, some off the bottom because for me it is not doing much. Agreed to bring in the sides. tad to take out the foliage on either side and straighten the horizon. like this. Just my thoughts.   Posted: 06/14/2020 18:30:24
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