Darcy Quimby  

Smooth As Glass by Darcy Quimby

March 2020 - Smooth As Glass

About the Image(s)

I used my rebel t5 camera with a kit lens 34mm ISO-100 F5 and Shutter speed 1/250. I took this in the morning of Tern lake on the Kenai Peninsula during my 50th birthday photo trip. I added some more clouds to the lower part of the sky and removed a small patch of reeds. The morning was so peaceful and I took advantage of the stillness of the water to take advantage to practice my reflections. I am looking forward to reading everyone's feeling for this picture.

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12 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Darcy, please consider reducing the highlights and raising the shadows. The water plants in lower left are unnecessary to the beauty of your image ( if you can remove them without much bother. ) Do you use "Content Aware" fill?   Posted: 03/01/2020 13:05:39
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I use Corel Paint shop they have something lile content aware they call it smart clone tool. I have not done much post processing of my images hopefully this group will help me stretch my limits. I am always afraid to dink with shadows and highlights.   Posted: 03/03/2020 22:58:22

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
I agreed with Paul's comment. I made some changes and cropped your image to reduce reflection of the water only leaving the reflection of the mountain. I think the big area of 'white' is overpowering and unnecessary. This is my personal preference; others may have different point of view.   Posted: 03/02/2020 15:24:01
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Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Jean Wu
Thank you for cropping the picture it also dropped the horizon below the center of the picture. I might even darken the clouds a little more.   Posted: 03/03/2020 23:01:55

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Darcy, you have a good start here. I like Jean's crop but I personally don't object to the water plants in the lower left. Often, an expansive landscape needs an anchor in the lower corner. The horizon line in the middle (called a 50/50) could be an issue with some viewers. It's a "Rule of Thirds" thing. I'm not a stickler about that rule, but it's something that one should always have in their mind when making their captures. As a normal method of shooting, I will photograph the scene in a variety of different ways. In post, I have a choice of versions that are much easier to analyze on a large screen. Also, I fully agree with Paul about the exposure. Bring those tones down. Don't be afraid of the blacks. Work on making that sky dramatic. You have the makings of a wonderful story; you just need to make it come out.   Posted: 03/04/2020 13:24:14
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thank you for the encouragement. I am learning a lot being in this group. I am also learning that sometimes to make a great photograph you need to do post production and I am highly lacking in that skill. I am willing to learn though   Posted: 03/04/2020 13:44:46
Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Darcy, I would recommend you learn Lightroom. Start with one task, learn it, then move to the next. If you're in a camera club, I would expect that they offer occasional workshops on Lightroom. In Boise, my camera club does. Otherwise, watch YouTube's short video tutorials. You'll find it amazing how much you'll learn.   Posted: 03/04/2020 18:46:27

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Darcy, I understand what you're saying about post. I shot digital for about 10 years before I was convinced to leave JPGs behind and embrace raw. In my case Nikon NEF format. I have never looked back. Since then I have learned that the great photographers were supported by their own darkroom skills or a darkroom team. The best example that I have found is the iconic image of James Dean in Times Square shot by Dennis Stock in 1955. The post processing was done by Pablo Inirio. If you Google him, you'll see his notations on the original images.   Posted: 03/04/2020 18:30:47
Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Interesting history lesson. Thanks, Jerry.   Posted: 03/05/2020 16:59:46
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
I use this example (from 1955...) when I respond to comments like "You did something to that". Only photographers understand that very few excellent images can be made in the camera, whether film or digital. The difference is that in the film days everyone understood that images needed to be processed. With digital, less experienced users think that the image stored on the memory card is fully baked. Your advice to Darcy is spot on. Lightroom is a digital "darkroom".   Posted: 03/06/2020 10:40:56
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thank you for the enlightenment I just need to get the skills and put them to use.   Posted: 03/07/2020 19:13:23

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Darcy, I like the peaceful impact this picture has on me. While I think Jean's cropping does have advantages I prefer the image the way you first had it but I would agree with removing the plants in the foreground as Paul suggests. I also think it would benefit if you could bring out more detail on the sides of the forest from the right and left sides. I agree with Jerry's comments about getting more familiar with Lightroom as it can help in making a good picture look even better (I'm still a beginner and learning post processing skills but it is helping me, and I do get good support from my local camera club). Good picture.   Posted: 03/09/2020 14:10:15