Jim Hagan  

HARBOR MORN by Jim Hagan

September 2021 - HARBOR MORN

September 2021 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

In early June I photographed the harbor of a small Canadian town using my infrared camera. I used a very wide angle lens (15 mm) to capture the entire scene. The unfortunate effect of the lens (and also my not holding the camera level) was a serious distortion, with everything sloping downward toward the bottom right. I converted the image to mono and made the water and dock level. I then decided the lamp post was too large so I reduced its size. And lastly, I increased the contrast.

8 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like this scene and IR was a great choice, especially with those wonderful clouds. I do find the image too dark for my taste. I went in and lightened it overall while darkening the walkway in the foreground. I then selected the sky and upped the contrast in the clouds. Finally, I darkened the sky in the upper right to mirror the upper left.   Posted: 09/06/2021 18:08:35
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Thanks for the suggestions. Jim   Posted: 09/19/2021 18:57:47

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
The composition of your scene is lovely, and you did a wise and clever job of reducing the lamp post.
Did you apply sharpening to this in the post-processing? If so, I think I see it over-sharpened. Pardon me if I am mistaken.   Posted: 09/07/2021 20:14:51
Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
It does look over sharpened. Perhaps I somehow sharpened it twice. Thanks.
  Posted: 09/19/2021 18:52:34

Albert Lee   Albert Lee
I like your IR conversion as it makes your image "pop" out. I also agree with Henry's observation as I find the sky too overpowering. I made some adjustments by reducing the sky using crop tool. Then with Raya Pro, I selected the sky using Luminousity Mask and reduced the brightness by 15%. Finally, I increased the brightness of the boat with Viveza in Niks.   Posted: 09/10/2021 21:59:48
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Many thanks. Jim   Posted: 09/19/2021 18:58:35

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
All three versions hold my interest, but Henry's best fits Jim's title. The arrival of morning sunlight brightens the clouds first.

Thanks Jim for showing your distorted original, I just put a 12mm lens on my Fuji X-
S10 and needed your reminder to hold it level.   Posted: 09/14/2021 00:25:39

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Great subject and creative capture corrections, Jim. My first reaction on viewing it was that it was 'too busy' with the sky and docks/boats/water/foreground all fighting for attention. The differentiation of sky and earth in Henry's suggested revision, spoke to me as a truer rendition. The over sharpening may have added to my original reaction. You also reminded me to take out my IR camera tomorrow and capture some of the mountains/fall leaves as we are visiting Colorado this week.

  Posted: 09/28/2021 01:30:14


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