Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Golden Seaweed by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

July 2024 - Golden Seaweed

July 2024 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

This is from my recent trip to Ireland. In this coastal area, the seaweed in this pool was golden, unlike any seaweed I had seen previously. The picture above gives context to what it is by the rock wall. The only adjustments I did to this iPhone raw image was darken the top of the rock wall from the near white at the bottom. The “original” image is another version taken with my Canon R5 at another point where the water was a deep blue and there was no surrounding walls. I did some clarity, vibrance, and a few other adjustments. This view is more abstract in quality.I would like everyone’s opinion of which version they prefer. I like the second version due to the abstract nature and the impact, but I am not sure if I am better sticking with the “safer” view.

3 comments posted

Terry Palmer   Terry Palmer
This caught my eye immediately. It is an unique and interesting image. I prefer the image with the rock. The deep blue of the "original" seems too deep for my taste.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:39:54

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Bob, I like both versions, but would vote for the more abstract one. I think that it looks like a flock of mermaids with their hair floating on the surface. I love the bold wild quality of the swirling forms and the color contrast. Maybe you could adjust the vibrance of the blue down a tiny bit?   Posted: 07/10/2024 02:07:53

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I find the "original" image more abstract. It makes me think more about what it is (mermaids' hair, spaghettis?), and to focus my attention on the ed shapes. I don't mind the deep blue of the water and wouldn't change it. The other image gives more clues of what we are looking at, and it presents a nice contrast between the hard rocks and the soft weeds. But I prefer the abstract one.   Posted: 07/11/2024 21:30:06


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