Dale Yates  

Bear River by Dale Yates

April 2021 - Bear River

About the Image(s)

While taking a springtime vacation in northern Michigan a few years ago, my wife and I came upon the beautiful scenery of the Bear River near Petoskey, Michigan. We were able to explore several of the scenic areas along this river. For this image, I had to walk out to a ledge to snap the photo (she was not happy with me doing this). My goal was to accentuate the early springtime scenery as well as to allow the leading line of the river itself take the viewers eye upstream...what is up there?

This image was taken with the following: RAW format; Canon SL1 camera; Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens; aperture f/11; shutter speed 1/320; ISO 200; focal length 34mm.

Post processing in Lightroom includes adjusting contrast, highlights and shadows, color adjustments, and overall sharpening.

11 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Lovely image. Would have been nice if a bear was handy to include. Well done!   Posted: 04/04/2021 06:35:38
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thank you Bev!   Posted: 04/19/2021 16:12:31

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Dale - I see the lines that attracted your eye and can almost feel the pull of your wife hauling you back onto the trail. For me there is the receding S - the half oval at the front of the images from the bottom left, through the rock and back to the front right, and the horizontal drop of the river across the center. I find the variety of water textures intriguing.

I had a few ideas leading to the image below. In emphasizing the lines, I wanted to remove the area to the right which had none, and this puts the river onto a line of thirds. I then took a B&W version so that I could manipulate the tonality and merged this with luminosity only. Finally I dodged over the river to add contrast and to draw the eye to its center even more. I hope it still matches your memories.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:21:44
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Gerard - thanks for your input. I really like your suggestions, especially the crop which emphasizes the river more. Thanks again!   Posted: 04/19/2021 16:14:08

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Dale. I very much like the image you've captured here with the river leading us upstream through the scene from front to back, and letting us explore the spring foliage along the way. The river itself has a lot of visual interest with the rocks and the turbulence they create.

I like Gerard's crop. I think it gives a little stronger visual balance to scene. My other suggestion would be to continue playing with the processing in terms of the color and contrast. It looks a little too warm to me - I'd go for a little "greener" look to the foliage, since to me that says spring. I think with some color adjustments you can get a very harmonious color arrangement between greens, blues, and reds. I took a shot at that below.

I'm glad you survived the ledge. It seems like many in the group had some degree of risk or adventure to get this month's image.   Posted: 04/12/2021 20:18:08
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Robert, I really like your suggestions. Your enhanced colors in your photo really enhances the image. I agree that the colors in my image are a little warm, however I was trying to preserve the early spring feeling where here in Michigan the leaves are a yellow/green tone. I added a little light to this as well, but may have overdone it. Thank you again for your input, it gives me something to experiment with.   Posted: 04/19/2021 16:19:47

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Dale

I love the leading line of the water drawing you into the image.

It does seem to warm to me so I agree with Robert. Might I also suggest trying black and white and decreasing the highlights around the image leaving the river to be the brightest so your eye is not distracted by the bright leaves on the trees.

  Posted: 04/17/2021 13:15:53
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Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Cheryl, I appreciate your input. I agree that the colors are a little warm, but I was trying to preserve the early spring feeling where here in Michigan the leaves are a yellowish/green. I may have overdone it somewhat. I like your suggestion for the black & white version which really enhances the river. Thanks again.   Posted: 04/19/2021 16:24:15

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Dale, to my eyes, Robert's rendition makes your image come alive. When I first viewed your photo before any comments were made, the tonality didn't appeal to me. I realize that is a personal taste so I held back from commenting to see if I warmed up to it. Then Robert posted his version and it works much better.
Also, the center rock is a very nice feature. It provides excellent visual interest. The large rock on the left pulls my eyes away from continuing up stream. If you are inclined, try removing it on a separate layer and then if you don't like it, delete the layer.
One final thing, shooting up stream has a more pleasing effect than shooting downstream. I don't know why; it's just something I discovered.   Posted: 04/18/2021 15:19:55
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Dan....wow!?   Posted: 04/19/2021 16:28:21

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
This is a wonderful scene Dale. I like how you captured the movement and ripples of the water so clearly. The scene also gives of a sense of cheerfulness, like a bring spring morning out in the woods.
I agree with others that the tint or tone of image seems to be more warm-hued or yellow-hued. I also like Dan's edit because it brings out more of the blues and greens. But, I also think that Cheryl's edit in b&w creates another interesting effect. Great shot!   Posted: 04/20/2021 09:45:53


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