Henry Roberts  

Sea Mist by Henry Roberts

January 2022 - Sea Mist

January 2022 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

When the ambient temperature drops to zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) or lower, Lake Superior begins to steam as it is doing in this image. With lower temperatures below zero it can become as thick as fog. On this particular day the ‘sea mist’ was not that strong but the overhead clouds were interesting. I shot this around noon hand holding the camera. In the latest version of Photoshop Camera Raw, I played with the sliders to my liking, cropped the bottom slightly and corrected a slight tilt. My goal was an image capturing the magnificence of Lake Superior with an anchored ocean ship (which we call a Saltie) and an interesting overhead cloud formation. I included the foreground tree and shoreline to give some perspective.

What do you think and what would you do differently?

Technical data
Canon EOS R5 with Canon EF 24-105 f4 zoom lens at 35mm, 1/1500 @ f 8, iso 200, Hand held, Camera raw
Minimal processing in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop

7 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
This image is great! Most pleasing to my eye is the way the sea mist is echoed by the clouds overhead.
The crop is perfect, the foreground elements also perfect. I love the deep blue of the sky and how it compares to the metallic blue of the water. I can't suggest anything to improve. Wow, Henry!
If I remember correctly you've taken pictures at other times from this spot. It would be great to see them all in a series.   Posted: 01/07/2022 19:52:15

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Henry, I could not agree with Alison more. I like this shot and the fact that you did not over edit it. I wonder of a slower shutterspeed (probably would need a tripod) would have made the sun look different. I think your shot is great and I agree, the image gets a "WOW!".   Posted: 01/13/2022 10:40:54

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I totally agree with Alison and Don. Big WOW! I hope this finds a spot on your wall.   Posted: 01/13/2022 16:12:45

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Henry, and it is a YES from me too! The colours in the image make me feel cold, which is probably your intention. I do like your editing.   Posted: 01/14/2022 01:55:20

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love the narrative of the steam. I would not have known what that was. I actually find the sun distracting. I would crop the top to remove the sun altogether.   Posted: 01/14/2022 06:42:36

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I think you have done a very effective treatment of this 'scape, well done. I wondered about retaining a bit more of the foreground but this the crop is probably the best. You could crop out the sun but I think it really makes the wintry scene.   Posted: 01/17/2022 04:07:16

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
IMHO if you crop out the sun you will also lose a lot of that blue sky, which would take away from the power of the image.   Posted: 01/17/2022 07:32:22


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