Darcy Quimby  

Secret Spot by Darcy Quimby

February 2021 - Secret Spot

February 2021 - Darcy Quimby


About the Image(s)

Canon Rebel T5 18mm ISO 100 shutter speed 1/40 f11
The original of this was in color. I converted to BW and then wanted to bring out the wooden deck in the trees. I duplicated the layer, converted that layer to bw and then masked out the bw on the deck. I also removed the red canoe that was in the foreground.
This picture was taken on my trip to Haines AK the summer of 2019. It was an overcast day.

6 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Darcy, when you say, "wooden deck", are you referring to a platform. I see no deck in the picture. For these 74 year old eyes, the image is too dark. As we look past the trees into the forest, is there a structure in there?   Posted: 02/03/2021 11:28:19
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I see what you mean. The structure is in the trees and you do have to look hard. Here it is with the platform circled.   Posted: 02/04/2021 00:53:21
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Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
The contrasting textures of the foliage at the water's edge and the smoothness of the water work well together for me. The lighting and focus on the foreground seem, for me, to be OK.

My tastes are such that the color photo works better for me. I think the background is a bit too dark so that the deck you are trying to highlight really doesn't show up much. There are also a couple of brown spots on the rock at the water's edge in the center of the frame that I consider distracting.   Posted: 02/19/2021 12:23:26
Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Thanks for the feedback. I for one get a brilliant idea in my mind and then realize it doesn't look great on paper. I might try and leave it in color and just remove the boat. The boat to me seems to be a distraction.   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:06:09

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Hi, Darcy, glad to meet you. The title "Secret Spot" clues me into some of the feelings one might have, coming across a secluded little private place like that, right in the midst of the beautiful landscape. I myself got to go, once, on a kayaking adventure in the woods somewhere in the area of Haynes, and I remember how beautiful it was. Having a special spot all to one's own would certainly be a treat.
Looks like you set yourself quite the challenge with this one. Calling attention to something secluded, almost hidden, has got to be difficult, and I like the strategy you adopted.

I experimented with it a bit myself (hope you don't mind), and I found that I could make the deck pop out a bit more by, first (in Camera Raw), bumping the exposure by about a full stop, pulling down the highlights, pulling up the shadows and blacks, and only then did I duplicate the layer. On the duplicate layer, I fiddled heavily with the orange and red HSL sliders to make the deck really POP, and then converted to B&W, masked, etc.

It's unfortunate that the deck is so high in the frame, but I get it, one doesn't always get a lot of time to try to work out details like that. Did you capture this while setting IN the boat? It would be all I could do to keep from falling in, let alone try to compose a photograph!
  Posted: 02/22/2021 13:08:15
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Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Welcome to the group. Thanks for taking the time to tweak the picture. I like what you did to bring out the secret spot.
I was actually standing on the dock to take the photo. Side note boats and me do not get along.
Looking forward to more feedback and photos from you.   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:11:25


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