Dean Ginther  

Pyatt Lake  by Dean Ginther

June 2021 - Pyatt Lake

June 2021 - Dean Ginther


About the Image(s)

I took this photo yesterday on our visit to the Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, MI, not far from where we live. I have included the original color image for comparison. I added some highlights to the background, did some dodging and burning often associated with b/w images, and added a bit of vignette.
It was taken with a Sony A7R IV with a 28 - 200 Tamron zoom at 1/15, F8..0, ISO 400 handheld.

7 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Great leading line taking us back into the deep woods, Dean! Wow, how did you handhold at 1/15? Incredible! The light coming through the woods seems a bit bright and maybe add a neutral density filter to darken?

I might darken the two horizontal branches at the top to add a bit more of a frame.

Interesting that Traverse City doesn't have leaves on the trees yet.   Posted: 06/05/2021 21:03:08
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
In the old days, the slowest shutter speed for handheld was generally recommended to be 1/60. With modern cameras with shake reduction mechanisms, it is possible to go a go bit slower (as you know, I expect). Usually though, I would use a tripod -- I just didn't want to drag it around on my hike in the woods.
Everything is getting very green now, although we really need some rain.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:33:59

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Dean I like the pic, path leads the eye pleasantly through the woods. Good choice using black and white. Mist sets it all off.   Posted: 06/05/2021 21:47:35
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Geoff.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:34:33

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Nice capture Dean. The trees are just beginning to show the buds of new leaves. The path gives the viewer a leading line through the trees. A bit more contrast might improve the image, especially since it is B&W.   Posted: 06/07/2021 15:08:55
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:34:15

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Dean, this is an excellent composition.
I love how the road winds through the scene carrying my eye from front to back. I do agree that a little more contrast in the misty area would help. But of course you don't want to lose the mist effect.   Posted: 06/08/2021 12:29:49


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