Gerard Blair  

Bridge Over Misty River by Gerard Blair

January 2021 - Bridge Over Misty River

January 2021 - Gerard Blair


January 2021 - Gerard Blair

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About the Image(s)

I am still experimenting with post-processing to add "art" on top of the image. This one is from early this winter, cold day, hanging mist on the river, taken from a road bridge on a long walk through Jacobsburg State Park near Nazareth PA.

I am sending the original for comparison, and also an alternative attempt at manipulation. The final result was influenced by several prints that hang in my dining room from a year I spent in a foreign country (can you tell which?).

Opinions requested - criticism is welcomed/valuable.

(on a side note - I have recently been convinced by a Book and Videos by Andrew Scrivani - the NYT food photographer - to embrace ISO greater than 100. I had foolishly resisted this for years wanting only the "best" images - but now I can take so many more shots in normal light without a tripod :-) )

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Tamron SP 90mm B/2.8 Di VC USD Macro1:1 - f/7.1 1/125 ISO 400

5 comments posted

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Gerard, I too have recently extended my ISO for the exact same reasons as you stated. It's validating to see that others go through the same thoughts as I do. I am also with you regarding 'creating art with photography'. What you create is far more exciting than simply snapping a picture and presenting it as it is.
Now to your photo. Fog often give an ethereal look to an image. It makes for a more simplified composition. Personally, I prefer your "Original 2" over your main image. The gray feels more calming to me as a viewer. It simplifies the scene more for me too. But this is my personal taste that should be taken with a grain of salt. Go with what you like. Nevertheless, the Original 2 image has less noise. And to my eyes, the branches against the gray fog provide for a haunting feeling.
I appreciate the horizontal bridge against the vertical lines of the trees. Our eyes are attracted to intersecting lines. This keeps my attention in the center of your photograph.
Keep experimenting with this and your other images - both in how your capture your pictures and in your post processing.   Posted: 01/03/2021 18:23:02
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
OK so one vote for the unmodified (direct from camera) image - great feedback, thanks, anyone else ?   Posted: 01/03/2021 18:59:12

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Gerard. I love the atmosphere in this image with the fog obscuring the deep background. As I may have mentioned before, I keep looking for fog, and going out when my weather app tells me it is going to happen only to be disappointed. So I'm envious of the conditions you've found to shoot.

I think I like the monochrome approach since there is really not a lot of color in the original. What is there creates one of these situations where the image looks muddy to me. But monochrome fixes that. I'm not sure if I would have gone with the particular tone you have - I might have opted for something more cool and blue which for me matches the mood the image invokes. I'd be curious what drew you to the warmer reddish shade?

My eye is drawn immediately to the broken branch at the front right, by it's strong contrast. I would either de-emphasize it or more likely try to clone out the broken portion hanging straight down.

Like Dan, I also noticed the additional "noise" in the monochrome. Am I correct that it is not noise but that you have deliberately added grain? If so, I'd love to hear more about that choice. I know others add a little grain regularly to improve perceived acutance, but I've never seen guidance on exactly how to do that.

Overall, a very lovely image which allows me to imagine the mood as if I was really there myself.

  Posted: 01/09/2021 09:06:28
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
To answer the question - the grain is a result of using the "vintage" effect in the Nik software. I like the old-world look. and the gain comes along with that, and the tint came with the one I liked the most. I guess that is was not a good choice as you'all seem to have been distracted by it.

Similarly the branch - I actually retained the detail on that branch deliberately - possibly a mistake.

  Posted: 01/09/2021 20:50:31

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Gerard
Really nice foggy, moody image. I too like Original2 the best. For me it portrays more of the fog. Your final result seems to have removed some of the foggy feel for me. I'm not sure if it is the color or the texture that does this or maybe even a combination of both of them. I would crop a little differently to center the main subject and remove the downward pointing branch. I think it draws the eye down and out of the image.

I too have been reading about increasing ISO to allow for more handheld images but haven't had a chance to try it yet. With todays cameras I could see how this would not be as much of a problem as in the past and am looking forward to giving it a try. It's a great idea.   Posted: 01/09/2021 22:14:54
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