Mike Patterson  

Trailing Light by Mike Patterson

June 2021 - Trailing Light

About the Image(s)

I captured this image last week in the San Juan Islands off the northwest coast of Washington state. It was taken late one afternoon as a flock of Canada Geese swam by. The sun was low on the horizon and caught their wake with a shimmering light. I checked the highlights and none of the image is blown out. I like how the geese seem to be trailing strands of light. They were a hundred feet or so away. I was using a 70-300 lens on a Canon 7D. Although I had an extremely fast shutter speed “ 1/8000 second “ the image isn’t as quite as sharp as I would have liked. I attribute that to a too shallow depth of field and the distance. Oh well.

6 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I like the trails of light too. It's a nice image.

Have you tried Topaz Sharpen AI on it? It generally does a pretty good job.   Posted: 06/07/2021 15:47:48
Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Yes, I'm looking at getting Topaz in the next few days. I agree that it would help sharpen this thing.   Posted: 06/07/2021 17:05:12

John Zhu   John Zhu
Like your planning for the image and the presentaiion looks great. I would try reduce the highlight and move up shadow to reduce the lights for the water track to see the difference.   Posted: 06/08/2021 10:49:12

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Is Topaz easier to work with than NIK?   Posted: 06/08/2021 12:02:43
Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Topaz has several special programs, such as sharpening and noise reduction. I don't know how it compares with Nik. You can visit Topaz' website and see a demo. You can also download a free trial before deciding whether to purchase it. I think the sharpening function costs about $80.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:18:52

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I agree with the previous comments. If the ducks can be sharpened that will make a tremendous impact. I too love the trails of light. It is a very nice image.   Posted: 06/08/2021 12:05:44


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