David Robb  


Yin & Yang by David Robb

July 2021 - Yin & Yang

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D750, 300mm, iso/220, f/8, 1/2000. Handheld, kayak.

Georgia Pacific wharf on Bellingham bay. Long gone now with just remnants from the past lingering on the waterfront. Cleats once used for ships have found a new life as pigeon perches.


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9 comments posted




Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Nice image but I find the sky a big boring. Easily replaced either in the latest version of Photoshop - Edit - sky replacement - have fun; or in Luminar.

I do wish you told us more about what you did to the image, maybe included the original image, etc. as well as some info on the location itself.   Posted: 07/03/2021 15:28:22
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David Robb   David Robb
I like the clouds though they add some busyness to the scene and pull you away from the pigeon that is landing.   Posted: 07/12/2021 17:29:57



Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
Catching one pigeon resting and the other landing adds a lot more interest than if they were both just sitting there. You might try to bring out more shadow detail in the one landing.

A note on sky replacement, be very careful in how you use the stock skies. I can see if you use them in a competition image, it could be disqualified if it is someone else's photography. I have been taking a lot of sky pictures just for using as replacements. I did a quick look and didn't find one that I had showing late afternoon lighting but this is one of mine with a little work on it during replacement. I also tried to bring out more detail in the shadows.   Posted: 07/09/2021 08:27:00
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Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Our club does allow it, and I do have my own file of skies that I've collected that I often use as well. When reviewing many groups, I find it more expedient to present an example of what I'm suggesting by using the presets.   Posted: 07/12/2021 21:20:22



Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Nice composition of impactful subjects but I'd work with color or other dodging to open up the darkness of the birds. Dennis' clouds do look good.   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:22:29



Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
A bit dark. Some lightening would help. Also cropping. The sky itself is dull. Cropping would center more on the birds. Good shot to get the birds at the right moment.   Posted: 07/12/2021 08:22:16



Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Nice shot of the bird landing. Not easy to do. Agree about lightening the dark parts of the birds and either cropping out more sky or adding a better sky. I haven't gotten into doing that, but may think about having a sky collection.   Posted: 07/12/2021 11:38:08



Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The sky Is plain but it sure helps bring attention to the cleat and birds which are interesting because of the open wing on one.In a perfect world, I'd remove the chain on the left and perhaps the rope as well.   Posted: 07/17/2021 18:18:38



Than Sint   Than Sint
I agree with Mr. Neal. It is a nice composition. Please open up more light to the pigeons to be able to see the details. Sky replacement is your option. I like images with action and portraits.   Posted: 07/27/2021 07:34:05