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Mystery revealed by Brad Becker

July 2024 - Mystery revealed

July 2024 - Brad Becker


July 2024 - Brad Becker

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About the Image(s)

This image was taken during the recent northern lights in California. After seeing amazing pictures coming out the first night I headed out the following night at 10:30 and it was a bust. The experts suggested the light would be good between 2-3 am. I got up at 1:30 and headed up to the Oakland hills. After an hour wandering by myself in the wee hours of the morning I returned to my car disappointed by the absence of the lights I saw this interesting light coming from the parking lot light. I added an image of my daughter from years ago to create a subject.

2 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Brad, I like your thinking behind this image and the effort that you put in on location to record the Northern Lights. However, it hasn't quite worked for me. Overall, it is too dark and the darker tones predominate; they overpower the storyline you are trying to achieve. I find the girl looking right-to-left creates a visual tension within the picture. As the image is dark-tone heavy, there is bleed-over from the dark areas of the picture into the dark surround. Also, I find the upper patch of mid-tone sky is distracting and competes for our attention. I have taken the liberty in the version below of tweaking the exposure, bringing out the red of the girl's dress, flipping the image horizontally, cropping out the patch of sky, stroking a white line around the picture and increasing the colour balance on the red channel.   Posted: 07/10/2024 12:08:08
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Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Brad, I sympathise with you, always missing the best of the Northern lights. I think your image would have worked better for me if you could somehow have eliminated the sea from the scene. I get the scary feeling of the girl looking at the light but the sea coming from between the trees is too wierd for me to take in. Did you mean it to have an apocalyptic feel?   Posted: 07/12/2024 06:17:02


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