Tom Buckard  

LOBSTER TRAP by Tom Buckard

October 2021 - LOBSTER TRAP

About the Image(s)

Image was taken at one my favorite places, Mystic Seaport. I tend to like anything nautical so my eyes are tainted. I really like this image but it has not done well in competitions. Possibly no real center of interest but I think the whole image is interesting. Any ideas appreciated.

Image taken with a Nikon D850. Lens AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14½“24mm F 2.8 G-ED, Exposure time 1/15 of a second, ISO½“64 & Focal length 24.

7 comments posted

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
My thoughts - very interesting shot. I would have missed this one and it definitely is good and it is unique. It is well taken. It is well exposed, it is sharp, the color is great. I think the judges might have thought the old keep it simple rule. The subject is not clear. It does not tell a story. For instance. I did not recognize this as a lobster trap. Now, apart from that, there are other traps in the background but they are arranged or taken in such as way that they do not help tell the story or help us understand that this is a lobster trap either. Ideally, of course, this would be the only trap in the image. It would have a lobster in it. But my goodness, how interesting now that I know what it is and look at all those lines and angles and things that tell us how a lobster trap is made. Hope that helps a little.   Posted: 10/02/2021 12:24:59

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Very interesting photo. I agree with Margaret that the other traps in the background are rather distracting. The colors and sharpness are great. Love shots with angles like this.   Posted: 10/02/2021 13:36:15

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I like the colors, the lines and the sharpness of the image. It is a great capture of a lobster trap rather than about the trap. Maybe an image of the trap being emptied or some other activity would work. The sky seems a bit saturated.   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:52:32

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Thank you Gary, Jamie and Lloyd. All good ideas and thoughts. Being raised in a ocean front / small seaport town I am drawn to thing like this.   Posted: 10/04/2021 16:28:09

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
I give up. I just spent almost an hour trying to create what I had in mind and PS is laughing at me. What I did accomplish was to clean out everything behind the second arch (probably the bottom of the trap) and attempted to get a rougher sea in that space. That would have eliminated the third semicircle back of the trap but left the image less cluttered. Less authentic, but less cluttered as well. I tried every trick I could think of - layers, layer masks, erasing, you name it. So you'll have to use your imagination and see if it is something you might want to try and succeed better than I did.   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:37:54

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Even though I've lived in Maine quite a few years and saw many lobster traps, I've never really looked at them until I studied this photo. I was just so interested in the lines and symmetry that it took me a while to see what it was. I can't imagine how you could do what Bev was trying to do and I don't think it would make it better. I just love the arcs and lines and colors!   Posted: 10/09/2021 15:54:13

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Bev and Margaret, thank you for your comments. I think it is slightly under exposed making it look somewhat like an HDR image but it was not. Still like it but I think it is a wall hanger and not for competition.   Posted: 10/10/2021 08:01:35


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