LuAnn Thatcher  

Woman by River by LuAnn Thatcher

October 2021 - Woman by River

October 2021 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

I took this photo on one of my photo walks in Anoka by the Rum River here in Minnesota. I used my compact camera in an effort to get used to using a prime lens again. I liked the story in this scene immediately of an older woman simply reading by the river. I like how the midday sun highlights her from the darkness of the shade on the river and shorelines.

I edited in Capture One to balance some of the highlights and converted to black and white using their preset Split Toning - Blue Brown 1. Then I used Photoshop to edit more in Nik Silver Effects Pro 3. I used the 018 Full Spectrum Inverse preset, raised shadows, used Sepia toning 19, and added a border.

I found out today that Capture One and Nik Collections do not recognize each other; it must be a business-to-business dispute because it used to work but now does not. Oliver helped me out by saying “just use Photoshop” and that is what I have done. As a matter of fact, I think the results in editing are much better than when I used Capture One. Thanks Oliver!!

I like how opening the shadows in PS has created a more interesting bank of trees across the river. I could not open those shadows in Capture One and get that same effect. I am curious what you think. I like the dark and moody but is it too dark?

Camera: Leica Q2, Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens, ISO 3200, 1/1000’s, f/7.1

13 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
LuAnn, I also like the light on the women and that light brings my eye into the image. I also like the texture and lighting of the trees at the back of the image. Note I didn't use across the river, because, I don't see the river and there's not a problem with that description unless you are publishing. I think that I would suggest toning down the bush on the right as that is brighter than the platform. I don't know if you can put some light on the river so that it can be seen, Or Since you were using the 28mm you would need to go much closer to get by the bush and maybe even held the camera above your head to include the river and separate the front railing from the far shore. If it had an articulating LCD you could compose the shot with the camera held high. Since you were using such a high ISO and shutter speed you camera was ready to get the shot.   Posted: 10/02/2021 20:22:33
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Bob,

Thanks for your thoughts on my image. Does this edit work? I lightened the water and darkened the bush.   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:32:20
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hi LuAnn. Yes, that does it. The software today allows for those easy fixes that we simply missed.   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:51:03
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Great! It was an easy fix with the lasso tool and brightness in PS.

Hey Bob, do you know how to download more sky replacements in PS?

LT   Posted: 10/04/2021 16:09:56
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
I didn't find a way to do them in bulk but you scroll down the list of skies and there is a folder with a plus on it. I then followed to my drive where I keep all my skies in a folder. I find the one I want and hit select and it shows up in PS. The back story is that I have all my skies in that folder and they are in LR. I need to use the grid view and find the file number and then go look for that in the skies folder on my external drive where I keep all my originals. You might not have to go thru all of those steps. I do because of my extremely short memory and because I have over 500 skies. I have recently moved the skies into folders on LR and organized by types ie: Blue skies w/white clouds, Colored clouds, B&W,Storm/Gray and Special skies. Maybe I missed the shortcuts or more efficient method, but if PS doesn't have a better solution by the time of the next release 10/26 I'll be calling to find out what gives. Seems like picking sky in LR along with photo its going into and sending to PS as layers would work. I'm just thinking about this and have not tried this. I refuse to use any of their standard skies. The directions previously stated skies needed to be in .png format, but I found out my mistake that my Raw files now work. Good luck.   Posted: 10/04/2021 16:28:55
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Bob, for all your helpful advice. I think this is going to be a new adventure in accumulating new sky files. It has potential, as I have found; now I have to see if I have the patience to do the editing to make it look natural.

I am on a new project. I am shooting film with my new/used Olympus OM-1n camera. I bought the camera not too long ago. It came with a 35mm lens to compliment the 50mm. Film is quite interesting. I have my first four rolls off to Indie Film Lab for processing. We will see what I can do with film. I like the look and feel of range finder-style cameras so I thought this would be a good place to start.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 10/07/2021 13:44:33

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
First, I want to thank you for "covering our group" while I was on vacation. Honestly, it was nice to be able to totally focus on the vacation... eating at nice seafood restaurants, photographing the area, reading, and of course, drinking a bit of red wine (Smiles). I really appreciate it!

I played with your image a bit, but couldn't come up with anything as nice as the ones that you and Bob did. My only suggestion would be to go further along the lines that Bob suggested -- darken the bush even a bit more.

One of the things that I've recently discovered about sky replacement is that I can include a folder in the suggested skies. Then I can move my skies into that folder. I've found that to be much easier than having an "external" folder. For some reason, the sky replacement module refers to folders as groups.

  Posted: 10/05/2021 18:37:49
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Oliver,

It was no problem to help you out with group 62. I already moderate group 3 so it was like I had a few more members to add; no big deal. Any time you need assistance, just let me know.

I agree, Oliver, the brightness on the bush in my photo still needs adjusting. I wonder if the sepia processing darkened the photo making it such a challenge.

Also, thanks for the tip on creating sky folders. That sounds like the way to go.

Best regards,
LT   Posted: 10/07/2021 13:52:34

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am pleased to read the dialogue between you an Bob, it was makes this group fun

I can nothing of value to your work other than the line above


Emil   Posted: 10/07/2021 13:12:42
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Yes, Emil, I agree, the dialog we all enjoy in this group really makes this a fun group. Thanks to Oliver, he does an excellent job of moderating :-)!

Best regards,
LT   Posted: 10/07/2021 13:46:22

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Yes, 3 cheers for Pete aka Oliver and everyone that contributes.   Posted: 10/07/2021 20:46:20
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Well, thank you BOB and LUANN. However, the simple fact is that we have an outstanding group of photographers who not only take amazing photographs but are also willing to share their thoughts and suggestions. THANK YOU ALL!   Posted: 10/07/2021 20:49:47

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Coming late to the party . . . October, thus far, has been a challenge. Getting better now though.
LuAnn, interesting image, to me, the interest is in what you named the photo "Woman by River." To that end, I would suggest cropping out some of the foreground and the bush, and allowing the photo to be the woman by the river.   Posted: 10/13/2021 19:11:23


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