Nick Delany, QPSA  

Todd Inlet  by Nick Delany, QPSA

May 2023 - Todd Inlet

About the Image(s)

A wonderful view of Todd Inlet in BC Canada framed between Arbutus (left) & Sitka spruce (right) trees covered by typical pre-spring weather.

Leica Q2 Monochrome 28mm f/1.7
ISO200 1/250s, f/7.1 Exposure Comp -0,7

Processing : Adjusted Exposure, HDR and curves on the RAW file. Imported into NIK CEP5. Added Intensity, detail extractor, Dynamic Pro Contrast primarily to the foreground and side walls of the Inlet. Applied ND layer to the sky and cleaned it up in Topaz DeNoise

8 comments posted

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Nik
I think you made the right call in converting this to mono it adds to the atmosphere of the image,the lake is really well framed by the foreground trees and sends the eye to the lake,I also like the line o trees in the lower foreground it gives a sense of depth,nice tones throughout I might consider a slight crop down from the top of the tree on the right.
A very atmospheric and pleasing image.   Posted: 05/12/2023 15:59:37

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Nick: Your image looks like the clouds are ready to give way with all kinds of rain. Nicely composed image. I do belive, if this were my image, I would consider a tighter crop from both the left and top of this image. Your composition already has a stop on the right hand side with the tree and believe a tighter crop would focus more on the lake & landscape.   Posted: 05/13/2023 08:06:46

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Nick - a very moody landscape with some drama in the sky and reflections in the water. I would consider a 16x9 crop to lose a touch of the foreground and some sky to create a more expansive view. A little more detail in the darks would not go amiss IMO.   Posted: 05/14/2023 05:03:11

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Nick, I find that the longer I look at this image the better it gets! That is a great sky. I agree with Peter's suggestion.   Posted: 05/17/2023 07:38:51
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
Thank you everybody, these are excellent suggestions   Posted: 05/18/2023 13:38:33

Susan Quinn
I enjoyed viewing your image. The darkened clouds at the top of the image, keep my eyes focused on the view. The tree on the right is well positioned. I always struggle with how to crop around the tree closest to the edge. It is there but focus is still on the larger tree next to it.
I am interested in the timing of applying DeNoise as I always do it as part of my initial cleanup. Is there a reason to do it at the end? Generally this is when I would use output sharpening. Susan
  Posted: 05/23/2023 16:38:01
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
Susan, I confess that I did DeNoise at the end because that is when I noticed that my processing had created some. It was a small amount that was easily handled. If it is extensive, I would do it early in the process.   Posted: 05/23/2023 16:54:15

Ed Ries
Nick, good composition and well processed sky. The puffs of cloud in the middle give a bit of a 3D effect to my eye. Perhaps I might have tried to retain a hint of detail in dark lower portion of the image. Nice image, well seen.   Posted: 05/24/2023 13:22:40


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