Dave Edwards  

Devils Lake State Park by Dave Edwards

September 2021 - Devils Lake State Park

September 2021 - Dave Edwards


About the Image(s)

I took this photo while on Devils Lake State Park eastern bluff. The bright reflection from the lake had an impact on the iPhone's meter. The remaining area appeared to be quite dark. The original, dark image seems to fit the name of the park, "Devils Lake". To bring out some of the dark areas and color I went to the old reliable, "Snapseed". I tend to like the original image better. Your thoughts....

8 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Dave, I like both images but I really like the original a lot. It has a mood that seems so real like and mysterious.

Your edited image brings out a lot of red in the rocks which I have never seen before and that is OK.

The more we play the more options we have and that is both good and can also force us to what do we really like from our images?
Jerry   Posted: 09/03/2021 06:46:05

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
Maybe I am over thinking this, but I see the different views as a metaphor for the last 18 months. The original image is dark and the sun is setting on the scene. The edited version is bright, the sun is rising and there is a much brighter view of the world. I can't say that I like either better. They are just different views of the world and tell different stories.   Posted: 09/03/2021 07:44:37

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
The original, to me, seems more natural. Your version has a surreal quality. The work on the sky was helpful to the overall image. The way the rock on the left dominates may a bit too much?   Posted: 09/04/2021 06:26:12

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I'm more of a color person or total B&W so I tend to like the edited version better because I like to see the various colors in the rock. I think toning down the vibrance or saturation in the edited image might be better. I like seeing the fall color in the far off trees also. What a beautiful place to visit.   Posted: 09/06/2021 17:04:44

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Dave, I think you have done really well opening the underexposed original image. Being able to see the details on the far shoreline is great. I like the rocks in the front dropping away toward the lake, and the bright red foliage below the rocks that pushes my eye to the water.

I might suggest a couple of edits. I wasn't there, so I don't understand the actual natural colors, but I think the image is too warm. I'd suggest using the Snapseed "white balance" tool and pushing the "temperature" slider to cool the scene. No "tint" slider needed, I think. Then I might suggest a vignette just to darken the foreground and especially the big rock on the right. I tried all that and I've attached my result. Since you were there, it may not look right to you.

  Posted: 09/06/2021 18:19:16
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Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Really like both images for their different moods. The original is mysterious and moody reflecting Devils Lake name. The second with rustic rocks and maybe some early fall trees seem to hold promise of fall foliage to come.   Posted: 09/14/2021 07:25:26

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Thanks for all the comments.   Posted: 09/14/2021 12:05:37

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Thanks for all the comments.   Posted: 09/14/2021 16:38:27


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