Brenda Fishbaugh  

Pictured Rocks by Brenda Fishbaugh

November 2021 - Pictured Rocks

November 2021 - Brenda Fishbaugh


About the Image(s)

In early October, we spent a week in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One of the highlights was the boat ride on Lake Superior to look at the rock formations--called Pictured Rocks. The water is a wonderful clear sea glass green.

I am looking at this as an option in PSA Nature, so I can't add a texture, a better sky, etc.

I did shoot from a boat, so I could not do "silky water", and that is usually not accepted into PSA Nature, as it's not how we see water.

I did bring up the exposure and removed noise. I straightened and did a little selective sharpening, but wanted the trees soft. I burned the sky down. I cropped off the interesting cave on the right, as I found it distracting.

Frankly, it seems blah to me, so I thought I would check in for ideas, in case a crop or other clever trick would make it more interesting. Of course, I want to show off the leaves changing, but am hesitant to make it any more vivid, since it is to appear natural in PSA Nature. Thanks for your input!

Canon R5 mirrorless, Canon EF 24-105 lens handheld.
ISO 2500 85mm focal length f/7.1 1/1250 sec

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

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Great Brenda colours at that time of year work in your favour. I would possibly crop some of the pic to the right to make the waterfall stand out more.   Posted: 11/06/2021 01:08:20
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Great idea. Mervyn and Pierre also had great crop suggestions.   Posted: 11/12/2021 20:36:40
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I tried your suggestion and it did improve my pic. I've posted it in my reply to Candy. Thanks!   Posted: 11/14/2021 17:41:46

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Brenda,
Nice fall foliage, fall, and exposed cliff. I would have loved a more interesting sky! From my humble perspective, what to do with the image is a matter of taste and style. I took your image and tried a slightly different version. I decreased the highlights and whites in the sky and selectively increase the yellow, red, orange and green, and decreased the aqua.... I also cropped to put the fall on the left third of the image. Please let me know what you think.
  Posted: 11/09/2021 11:42:20
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I think its a good improvement, thanks for the ideas! Maybe between your suggestion and Mervyn.   Posted: 11/12/2021 20:39:51
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Good idea! I chose a similar crop in my rework. I've posted it under my reply to Candy. It did strengthen my photo, but I don't think its a winner. I appreciate your feedback!   Posted: 11/14/2021 17:42:59

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The fall foliage is great and the waterfall is well depicted. As you said, the sky is uninteresting, so why not crop it out altogether?
I have presented it here as a vertical. What do you think?   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:31:59
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Mervyn, I love it! Great improvement. Thanks!   Posted: 11/12/2021 20:41:34
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I played with your crop solution to my crappy sky, but in the end, I felt it was too tight. I reworked it, take a peek at my repost to Candy. I think its stronger, but not my best work. Thanks for the radical look! It really helped me see it differently.   Posted: 11/14/2021 17:44:36

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, good fall color, and interesting rocks on the cliff. I agree with Mervyn about the sky and would definitely crop out some of the rocks. In my opinion it does not have enough wow to enter into competition.   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:35:29
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks for being candid, Candy! I appreciate it. I've added a new crop version below and added a vibrance layer. I think its improved, but I agree it is not as good as many of my other photos.   Posted: 11/14/2021 17:40:18
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Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
A nice landscape from the boat but I agree - somewhat bland overall, partly because of the gray and featureless sky (typical of northern Michigan in the late fall and winter). Cropping in would help some.   Posted: 11/14/2021 15:45:50
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks, Dean. I added a new crop under my reply to Candy, but I agree that its not a strong enough pic. Thanks!   Posted: 11/14/2021 17:41:08

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I agree with the others that cropping would help bring focus to the scene. I think the image you posted in the comments is a great improvement.   Posted: 11/29/2021 22:25:42