Oliver Morton  

Alone in the Harbor by Oliver Morton

May 2023 - Alone in the Harbor

May 2023 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

This image was taken on Ocracoke Island, a beautiful location at the southern end of the North Carolina Outer Banks. Something about the lone man standing in the small boat intrigued me. When I look at the photograph, I have a feeling of peace and solitude. I would love to know if the image strikes others the same way it does me.

My editing was done in Photoshop and Camera Raw. After cropping the image, I flipped it horizontally. Then I played with the lighting of the man, the boat, the boat’s wake, and the water.

Data: Conon R5; 100-500mm lens @ 300mm; 1/125 sec; f/8; ISO 100

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10 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Pete, I like the peacefulness of the water, calm enough to stand up in a small boat. I owned a boat, and fondly remember the water when it was that calm and quiet, totally smooth ride back to the dock. Yes, it strikes me the same way. Jim   Posted: 05/01/2023 14:11:23

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Pete, there is something very soothing and peaceful about "sailing" across the calm waters in a small boat whether it's the ocean or lake.
I extended the canvas in front of the boat and did a content-aware fill in PS the selected the subject to increase the brightness and contrast. Next, I reversed the selection to darken and warm the water. Very nice shot.   Posted: 05/01/2023 15:41:54
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Richard, I LIKE IT! Extending the canvas to the right makes it feel even more peaceful. And, the warmer water is just what it needed. THANK YOU!

  Posted: 05/01/2023 15:50:13

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Yes, it's a lovely serene image, but I do think that Rick's addition makes it even more so   Posted: 05/01/2023 16:24:40
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Barbara, I absolutely agree. Richard's modifications are outstanding. I plan to make the same changes that he did and then print it.   Posted: 05/22/2023 15:11:01

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Pete, I like tis and yes it is telling the story and you captured the moment just perfect. I like the changes that Richard did. I would not had flipped it. I like keeping the viwere in the photo and this makes me look away.. well done!   Posted: 05/01/2023 22:04:52
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Sophia, thank you. Like you, I really like what Richard did. I understand your point about flipping, but Richard's flipped version is really appealing to me.   Posted: 05/22/2023 15:13:17

David Price   David Price
When I first saw this image it didn't do anything for me, I couldn't explain why. I then saw Richard's version and I really liked that. By extending the canvas he has for me given that peace and solitude which I didn't see in your version. Warming the water added to the impact. I agree with flipping the original.   Posted: 05/04/2023 03:39:12

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
HI Oliver Love this and good on you for getting the shot (I am assuming you had little time to react). Like the warming tone you added which suggests dawn light and a new day. Also flipping the image: but I would crop off a chunk of the wake so the negative space on the RHS exceeds the wake on the LHS.   Posted: 05/04/2023 17:07:44
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Mark, I believe that Richard's version of the image has the wake cloned a bit... as well as adding to the right side of the canvas. For me, this provides a really good balance.

You're right about not having much reaction time.   Posted: 05/22/2023 15:15:46