Dale Yates  

Mackinaw Straits by Dale Yates

June 2020 - Mackinaw Straits

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in 2016 while on family vacation to the Mackinaw Island area of Michigan. This image was taken from the fort on the island and shows the island port within the straits of Mackinaw. My goal was to provide a clear and crisp image of the busy port, sailboats and all, and some of the structures on the island. The fort from which the image was taken is the highest point on the island which provided a good location to take this image.

For this photograph I used an aperture of f/14 with a shutter speed of 1/250 of a second, ISO 400, and a focal length of 28mm. This photo was taken in RAW format. Post processing in Lightroom, includes adjustments to white balance, exposure and contrast, highlights and shadows, and overall sharpness. Some additional minor adjustments were made in photoshop.

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11 comments posted

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Dale
I really like this image it gives me a sunny warm feel and looks like it was a wonderful day.

I like your crop because it does not cut any trees in half and provides a good balance of foreground and sky.

The white balance looks correct to me as well.

I would have decreased the exposure a bit so that the sky did not look so white. It appears to be almost blown out and because it is so white my eye is drawn there. There is a lovely leading line down the walkway and around to the middle of the water. With the sky not so white my eye spends more time exploring the ships and the buildings.

Hind sight is always 20/20 but if I were to shoot this I would probably use ISO 100, F8 and adjusted shutter speed to ensure I was exposing for the brightest part of the image which is the sky. I also often exposure bracket to ensure I have detail in the brightest and darkest parts of the image.

I could not bring the sky down with the image you submitted but I replaced it just to see the difference it would make if it was not so white. I also adjusted the exposure down a bit. These are just my preferences and my way of showing you what I mean. I hope you don't mind.   Posted: 06/02/2020 23:23:59
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Cheryl, I appreciate your comments! I agree that the sky looks washed out and needs some adjustments. Thanks for your adjustment suggestions to the image. Please feel free at any time to take my submitted image, edit it, and provide your thoughts. I truly appreciate this and it allows me to see things that I missed earlier.   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:37:03
Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
I'm so glad you don't mind me working with your image to show you what I am talking about. I find it much easier to show sometimes than to explain in words.

Same goes for you and everyone else, don't hesitate to play around with my image to see what you think works and let me know. I would not participate unless I was prepared to see what all of the people here could do with the image. It's a great way to see more perspectives than one person alone can come up with.   Posted: 06/20/2020 12:58:25

Gerard Blair
I also like the crop - especially the inclusion of clouds to bracket the top of the image. I do not feel that the white sky area is a problem as it balances the sea below. What I would suggest is that the clouds be darkened a little to form a bracket and to hint at a change in the weather. Attached is the effect I am considering within the raw editor (alone). After this I would lighted by dodging a vertical strip of the sea through the two boats on the right.   Posted: 06/03/2020 16:26:57
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Gerard, I truly appreciate your comments! As mentioned to Cheryl, I agree that the sky is too bright and needs adjustments. Thank you for taking my image and working with it, providing great suggestions! This is how I learn...   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:40:48

Zolt Levay   Zolt Levay
This is a nice, calm scene. I like the elevated point of view that provides an expansive view of the town, marina and more distant water and shore. The line of the main street is strong and leads us through the image. I find the blank sky above the horizon distracting rather than helpful though. I might do a panoramic crop to almost entirely remove the sky and help us focus on the other elements of the photo.   Posted: 06/07/2020 10:53:48
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Zolt, I appreciate your input! I agree that the sky needs some work. The crop suggestion is interesting and something that I will look into. Thanks again!   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:43:09

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
I like the "sense of community" that comes through in the image for me. You get the feeling that this is a relaxing, happy place - lots of friendly people. I think the warm tones and myriad of people walking along the shore line road, as well as inviting park land in the foreground all enhance that feeling.

It also reminds me of a scene one would see in a painting. I'm not generally a fan of such effects, but wondered if you'd considered what it would look like with a painterly effect.

Like others, I'm not a big fan of the current sky - both the "white space" which does look a bit blown out, and the clouds. I think you could do the panoramic crop someone suggested, but you need a little sky remaining as negative space given how busy the rest of the image is. An alternative would be to use the interesting portion of your sky and slide it down (drop another shifted version on top and mask in photoshop to just take the sky). I've attached my quick cut at that.

Lots to work with in this nice image.
  Posted: 06/07/2020 14:26:11
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Robert, I truly appreciate your comments. I have used NIK filters in some situations to provide a painted effect. This generally provides an interesting version of the image. I agree that the sky is too bright and needs work. Thanks you for taking my image and working with it. I like your suggestions and will look into it. Thanks again...   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:46:47

Emily Kawasaki
I like the angle of the shot and the way that it nicely captures all the elements in the scene (the park, buildings, boats, docks, water, trees) in one 'layer', much like a painting. Apologies, I hope that description that makes sense. I agree that the sky looks a bit washed out between the horizon and the blue clouds. So, as others mentioned, I would also suggestion considering to decrease the exposure a little. Aside from that, great image and composition. The atmosphere in the image is very cheerful and makes me smile.   Posted: 06/19/2020 16:13:01
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Emily, appreciate your comments and suggestions. I agree that the sky needs work. This has been the general consensus among the group and is something that I missed. This is why I am a big fan of these study groups as it allows us to take advantage of the insights and suggestions of others and to learn from them. Thanks again!   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:50:52