Lorna Zaback  

Moored in the Fog by Lorna Zaback

June 2021 - Moored in the Fog

June 2021 - Lorna Zaback


About the Image(s)

The fog the day I shot this was so thick that, initially, I could barely see this small sailboat out in the water. I knew it was there, so set up and waited (quite a long time, actually, before it started to lift) I have a number of images of this scene in colour that put the boat into context as blue sky and the island across the bay slowly emerged. However, for the BW conversion, I chose this one and then set about, in PS and LR, to take the contrast to extremes for a high key effect. The original was shot at ISO 100, 1/125 sec at f/18, focal length 150 mm, on a tripod.

5 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have created a lovely piece of fine art with this image. I love the high key effect and the negative space makes a very nice composition. I like this very much. The only suggestion I have is to flip it horizontally so that the boat is facing into the frame rather than out; but that is a subjective choice on my part.   Posted: 06/10/2021 21:33:09
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thanks, Cindy. Yes, it is interesting to see how flipping an image horizontally can change the focus. However, I often have trouble seeing this and attribute it to my left-handedness - who knows?. I think my eyes often enter the frame from the bottom right so that, to me, it looks as if the boat is facing into the frame. Something for me to think about, though.   Posted: 06/11/2021 18:15:40

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
In my view having the boat facing into the frame works best. High key does make this a fine art wall hanging. I would print it to 11x14 in a thin black frame with white matting.   Posted: 06/13/2021 14:06:33

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
An interesting version going high key. At first, I thought I liked your color version, but then looked at it closer and decided I like your high key version better. I agree with Cindy that flipping works better, I am also left-handed, but I read from left to right, so I feel more comfortable with the image flipped. I also think you need to add just a little more contrast to make the blacks black instead of dark grey, I added +20 in contrast and - 20 in the blacks, plus a little more clarity to almost get it to a line drawing effect. Good eye and thought of going to High Key, I would not have thought of that, but it works.   Posted: 06/13/2021 15:07:57
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Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Group 3)
Hi Lorna! Thought I'd come back for a visit (I've moved to Group 99). I'm a big fan of minimalism and you have created a really captivating minimalist composition. I love it! The discussion above about image flipping was interesting and it is a topic that has come up in my General Group #3. Both images work and my preference is your choice with the boat on the left side of the frame. I think the left/right argument probably has something to do with the way each individual's brain is wired. I brought up the question about how left/right preference might relate to where in the world one is from. Do people from cultures where their language reads from left to right have a preference for an images "handedness" vs people whose language reads right to left? It would be an interesting experiment!   Posted: 06/16/2021 09:21:59


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