Michael Hrankowski  

REFLECTIONS by Michael Hrankowski


July 2021 - Michael Hrankowski


About the Image(s)

I went down to our town's waterfront early one morning. It was sunny with the slightest breeze and I captured the reflection of the boat's bow in the mostly still water.

Image Info: Sony a6600; 1/250 @ f/11; 18-135 @ 70mm (105mm FFE)

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18 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Hi Michael, This is a great reflection image with the vibrant colors. I am curious about your edits. It looks like you used a tool to make it look like a painting. Very pretty effect.   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:48:15
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Believe it or not, that is exactly the way the reflection looked in the water. The only edits I did was a crop and a bit of color adjustment. If you look at the unedited original, you will see the same reflection.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:15:08
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
It is amazing by a simple crop the whole image changes and you notice the finer details. Beautiful image, Michael, and I like the edit!


  Posted: 07/13/2021 08:58:35

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Michael, I like your choice of cropping. The small amount of waviness in the water makes the image more interesting. You've got a great leading line with the angled golden side of the boat reflection. Perhaps you could saturate the right red buoy, so the line would lead to something interesting.   Posted: 07/07/2021 16:44:36
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks Ruth. I had the red saturation slider all the way up...but realize now the impact was lost because the image was too dark. Please see my re-edit posted in my reply to LuAnn. Brighter for sure and the red stands out more.   Posted: 07/15/2021 21:27:02
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I like the brighter red. It adds that pop of color at the end of the diagonal line.   Posted: 07/23/2021 18:40:03

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
Interesting. Is it possible to over crop? I find the lack of a straight edge on the black line, including the x line on side of the boat bothersome.
I just me.   Posted: 07/10/2021 10:38:39
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Randy,

From what I see in Michael's image, he has taken a realistic photo of a boat at a dock and turned it into something more abstract. I believe this is what you are seeing; the lines are not natural (or realistic), but that is ok. Michael has created a unique photo with a view of something we have never seen before. Rules in composition are just guidelines, and it is ok to break them; that is what I believe Michael has done and accomplished.

I hope this helps.

LT   Posted: 07/13/2021 09:17:21

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Fantastic crop. I liked it even when I just saw the small thumbnail. Well done.   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:45:21
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thank you!   Posted: 07/15/2021 21:24:46

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I like the geometry you now have that is more obvious to the viewer with this new crop. I see a triad of red, blue, and yellow colors that are a perfect combination on the color wheel. To me, the photo now becomes more abstract. It is not about the boat and having the elements in the photograph look realistic. This image, to me, shows creativity and originality, something we all strive for in photography. You took a common ordinary scene/subject and turned it into something new a viewer may never have seen before, something to encourage a judge to stop and take notice.

The only critique I can offer to enhance this image is to work with the saturation of the colors. Looking at the histogram, you have blacks and midtones but no highlights or whites. The final step is controlling the light and brightness of the image.

Best regards,


  Posted: 07/13/2021 09:11:32
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, LuAnn. I rather like the highly saturated colors - that was intentional, but I see what you mean about the highlights / whites. I played around with the Curves and brightened the image and it did look better. Attached is the histogram of my re-edit.   Posted: 07/15/2021 21:14:25
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Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hope the increase in brightness comes through in this re-edited image   Posted: 07/15/2021 21:18:42
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Great abstract image! The colors are beautiful and the waves make it like an Andy Warhol's painting.
When I look at your original image, I'd prefer to re-crop it to make the image more balance. The reflection of the pointing line of the boat has interesting symmetrical elements on both sides. Breaking the composition in this case could make your image stronger.   Posted: 07/13/2021 23:29:32

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, Kieu-Hanh. Attached is my original edit....is this what you were imagining? In the end I decided it was too symmetrical and opted for a 2/3 - 1/3 placement with the vertical reflection of the prow in the right third of the frame. I think both ways work and is a matter of personal preference.   Posted: 07/15/2021 21:23:56
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
I like this! To me, the rule of thirds in composition is only the guidance, and we don't have to follow that rule all the time. In this case, the symmetry of both sides of the boat makes it more balance, and the darker lighting on the right hand side has made it distinctive. The previous crop with 1/3 placement has made the boat lopsided.   Posted: 07/16/2021 23:20:05

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks, Kieu-Hanh. Curious what the other members think of the two different crops.   Posted: 07/21/2021 20:21:58

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Since the image becomes an abstract with just the reflected boat, I prefer the off-center crop. It looks more unique that way to me.   Posted: 07/23/2021 18:42:42