Jim Hagan  

 IN THE HARBOR by Jim Hagan

October 2021 - IN THE HARBOR

October 2021 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

I took this photo about 10 years ago in, I think, England, and perhaps near London. I liked the buildings along the left side of the image and also the buildings on the top right side. But, I did not like the large open expanse of water which occupied over half of the image. So, I finally decided to make the image a vertical by cropping off the buildings on the right side. I also felt the canopy at the aft end of the boat was confusing so I eliminate it. And, then I brightened the shadow areas and reduced the highlights.

5 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Good patterns and textures, but the scene is eerily empty. Daylight, but no boat or pedestrian traffic - where is everybody?   Posted: 10/03/2021 23:08:12

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Allan raises an interesting point, but I think it is an advantage that you were able to shoot this with no visible people. It is rare to be able to do a study of just the architecture, water, and boats.
I actually prefer your original image, with its great expanse of water, and suggesting loneliness very well.
How about getting rid of those boarding steps--my eye gets stuck on them?   Posted: 10/04/2021 22:36:54

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Terrific subject. I think I agree with Stephan about preserving the original composition. I took it into ACR and used the geometry tools to fix the the keystoning effect. I like the way the dock and the building on the left frames the boat and water. The steps don't bother me as much.   Posted: 10/11/2021 19:42:41
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Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi Jim! Yes, the original is powerful and creates a sense of "place", where the cropped version seemingly turns into a snap shot. In fact, the original scene is actually an amazing composition and presents a very capable documentary/fine art piece! Bravo!   Posted: 10/13/2021 07:41:31

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
I agree with the others, your first instinct for the wide shot makes a more complete image.   Posted: 10/15/2021 16:05:35


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