Dean Ginther  

Martin Dies, Jr.. State Park by Dean Ginther

November 2021 - Martin Dies, Jr.. State Park

About the Image(s)

This is a photo I took about a week ago while we were camping at the Martin Dies, Jr.. state park in southeast Texas. It was cool in the morning and the mist was rising from the warmer water. The trees growing in the water are cypress; The foreground objects in the water are the "knees" of the cypress trees. Their function is debated. Photo - 1/40. F9/0, 24mm, iso 100, Sony A7r IV handheld.

8 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Very fun capture, a bit mystical. Did you play with DeHaze to the LEFT to make it more foggy? That might work well with a brush to just brush the areas you want foggy.

The foreground water seems a bit too crunchy and you might want to play with removing clarity to make it more foggy or mystical. I'm not sure you over-sharpened it, it may just be all the growth in the water making it look that way.

You might bring down the brightness in the back with a neutral density filter.   Posted: 11/12/2021 20:34:29
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Brenda. I find that I am doing less and less in post these days. I did brighten some of the background and open the shadows in the foreground.   Posted: 11/14/2021 15:33:16

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good rendition of a cypress marsh. The cypress knees in the foreground bring good interest. The highlights in the fog seem too bright. In my opinion it would be helpful to lower the highlights and increase the brightness in the shadows. By cropping off the tree on the far right, you could bring the main tree out of the center.   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:02:44

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy,
I think cropping to the right will actually mover the main tree more toward the center?   Posted: 11/14/2021 15:35:08

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
The lighting just seems perfect and has bought out the mist/fog. Great place to be in these difficult times. I might crop a little of the foreground Dean but thats just a thought.   Posted: 11/14/2021 18:37:03
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Geoff; I had a similar thought too.   Posted: 11/14/2021 22:07:58

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You have captured the mood in this scene with the mist rising off the water. I recommend lightning the knees to give them some detail. The background is bright, but that's where the sun is rising, so there not much you can do about that.   Posted: 11/16/2021 11:23:38
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn; I can open those shadows a bit more.
  Posted: 11/16/2021 11:29:15


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