Arik Gorban  

Untitled by Arik Gorban

May 2021 - Untitled

May 2021 - Arik Gorban


About the Image(s)

The picture was taken with a Nikon D300 converted with a 720nm filter. It was shot at 18mm, ISO 200, F8, 1/100 sec. After the initial tonal adjustments in ACR, post processing in Photoshop included channel swapping, minor noise reduction and sharpening, and adding some light fog with a fog brush. There was light fog when I took the picture, but I wanted to make the picture less hazy except for patches of fog in some areas around the pond.

8 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
An image with lots of mood, Arik. I love what appears to be a little bit of fog, and the reflection. The subtle tones of color also work very well.

I'm not sure about the prominent, triangular shaped log in the middle of the scene. To me, it's distracting, especially given the calm mood of the scene. Some might find it adds some tension; I look forward to others comments on this. Aside from this one element, I find it an very engaging and compelling image.   Posted: 05/04/2021 20:34:25

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Greetings, Arik...

What a mood! Tranquility personified. I like the entire composition, log in the middle included. What DOES trouble me just a bit is the blue tone picked up in the shore foliage lower lh side and on the other shore middle of frame. I would prefer the channel swap to be done selectively on the water only, giving a contrast between the IR induced white of the banks, coupled with the mood of the blue and the fog across the water.   Posted: 05/06/2021 10:26:46

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Arik
A lovely landscape with lots of atmosphere to enjoy. Here I partly agree with Gary regarding the blue tone. I wonder if you'd also consider adding some vignette!   Posted: 05/07/2021 02:24:47

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks you all for the feedback. Here is a revised image with less saturated cyan and blue colors and a slight vignette.
I kept the log in the water. I think it creates an anchor point.   Posted: 05/07/2021 10:08:15
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Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
V2 looks much better, Arik.   Posted: 05/07/2021 22:42:31

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
I like the version 2 for the removal of blue on the banks of the body of water but would still prefer the higher saturation of cyan and blue in the water itself. Here's my take on the scene...   Posted: 05/08/2021 07:00:16
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Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Gary. I agree with you. I misread your previous comment and reduced the color in the water too. I like the color in the water, but thought that maybe I went to far. Your version is great.
  Posted: 05/08/2021 07:59:39

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Arik,
I'm really pleased that I had not commented before the reworked images. I had been looking at and and could not put my finger on why it was not marvelous. I like all the ingredients that make up your composition. The central log pops with your new version, giving a great point of interest. I feel that the right point for the blue saturation is somewhere between the two new versions. Great Pic!   Posted: 05/09/2021 09:36:46


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