John Roach  

Sanibel Island Lighthouse by John Roach

July 2021 - Sanibel Island Lighthouse

July 2021 - John Roach


About the Image(s)

In early June, my wife and I went to Florida for 11 days and part of that time was spent on Sanibel Island. I captured this image while my wife was collected shells along the beach. I didn't have a tripod, so I didn't think the image was a sharp as I would like it handheld with ISO 3200, 1/30s, f/7.1, -1/3 EV at 70mm with a Nikon Z6 Mirrorless and a 24-70mm f4 lens. So after initial editing in Lightroom for tonality, texture, clarity and shadow opening, I exported it to my plug-in within DxO Nik Collection and used Define to remove additional noise and used Nik Output sharpening to enhance the image at the end, then I converted the image to monochrome using Silver Efex. It was a beautiful morning even in mono. The color version is the result immediately prior to the mono conversion.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Pretty place. Maybe open shadows a bit   Posted: 07/08/2021 21:39:01

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
My first thought was "can't see much of the lighthouse", but on thinking about it, why not?? It's an interesting scene, not just a straight lighthouse shot.

As Jerry suggests, the shadows are a bit blocked. Perhaps a bit more could also be extracted from the sky. RAW or jpg? The Z6 has a great sensor I read, I'm sure the RAW would have a lot further to extract.   Posted: 07/10/2021 12:02:35

Don York   Don York
John, The lighthouse looks tilted to right. Maybe a slight correcio would fix this?   Posted: 07/10/2021 15:22:49

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
You captured a wind-swept island mood, which I like. I think the dark tone on the foliage was a good choice. It minimized the busy details.   Posted: 07/10/2021 15:36:38

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I agree with all the comments above, which I know I probably should not say, but why repeat. Frankly, to me all that vegetation is very busy looking and takes a lot of attention away from the lighthouse. Perhaps a crop of the left to remove the very busy texture of that brush would help. You would be left with the lighthouse and the palm trees which I think are more attractive. Yes, I think a slight rotation CCW would make the lighthouse more vertical.   Posted: 07/19/2021 13:45:16

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I, too, find the bare branches on the left distracting. If you had moved a bit to the right and gotten the lighthouse centered between fronds, I believe you could have done without the left portion. (However, a tighter shot of the lower portion of those trees on the left with their "arms" reaching out would be an interesting study.)   Posted: 07/22/2021 20:06:16