Michael Weatherford  

Catfish by Michael Weatherford

July 2021 - Catfish

July 2021 - Michael Weatherford


About the Image(s)

I don't remember any catfish images ever being submitted to this group. So here's something a little different. I was walking beside a creek and spotted this school of small fish. I snapped a shot mainly for ID. After looking at it on the computer screen, I thought the shot might have potential to look pretty cool. I decided to go for an artsy look in black and white. I processed in Lightroom, removing many spots from stuff floating in the water. I sharpened and added contrast and clarity, and dehazed. Using the LR adjustment brush I lightened the image all around the school of fish, leaving the background darker. I then used the fine detail brush in Luminar 4 to try to sharpen up the images of the fish. I'm wondering what else I need to do, or if I should take a different approach. Or maybe it's not so cool after all. Anyway I can picture this image on a tee shirt.
Pentax K-1, 300mm, 1/1000, f7.1, ISO400.

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

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
First the image is surprisingly sharp for fish in the water and having all the whiskers sharp is an absolute positive for the image. I also feel that the conversion to B/W was a good choice. There is little you could do with the composition other than what is shown and so that choice seems solid.

This image carries the feel of a "fine art" image and for me, seems a bit fake. In that this is a nature plus forum the fine art approach seems a bit unusual.

All that said, the fine art approach would make it eye catching on a wall.   Posted: 07/04/2021 14:33:46
Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Thanks Larry. Yes it's a bit artsy but I didn't think much about it since the group is Nature Plus. Thanks for kindly setting a boundary. Just wait until next month. I have a river otter image that is astoundingly appropriate and I need some advice.   Posted: 07/04/2021 21:55:57

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
I myself like the fine art approach and I love black and white so this works for me.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:58:24

David Kepley   David Kepley
I think this is a very cool shot! What I like about it is that the group of fish all resemble the outline of a large fish. You have emphasized this by either putting a shadow around the the school of fish or perhaps it was already there. Normally we might ping you for allowing some of the individual fish to merge with the images of other fish in the school, but to me the overall impression is far more important than the individual fish.   Posted: 07/09/2021 12:55:02

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Michael I thought I had posted a response to your photo a few days ago but I don't see it. The same thing happened when I answered Larry's comment on my picture. Here goes again. I love the out of the box idea on this image, I would have never thought of doing this. I don't know the rules of nature verses fine art but the rules of hanging it on the wall are, we have to like it. I like this. It is so different and interesting that it requires your attention. Your post processing is really good. I really like the leading line of a few fish from the lower left to right bringing you into the large group of catfish. Wonderful image.   Posted: 07/10/2021 18:52:37

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is really striking, and a very pleasing fine art rendition of a nature shot--great that you bridged the two areas.
You can google "Chinese fish paintings" to see how truly close your image is to centuries of fine art.   Posted: 07/18/2021 23:29:45

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
This is a very interesting shot. Visually, I like the fish in the closest to the viewer being sharp and then there are some fish in the background a little darker and soft. That helps add depth to the image. I have found it difficult to shoot an image through water and maintain sharp images.   Posted: 07/29/2021 13:57:07

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Thanks to all for the very interesting and helpful comments. I learn something every month!   Posted: 07/31/2021 12:55:24