Paul McLaughlin  

Small Boat by Paul McLaughlin

October 2021 - Small Boat

October 2021 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

October Overview- Group 71
This image is was taken down in Hull, Massachusetts. I was attempting to isolate the boat by experimenting with adjusting the light and blurring out the background. It did not come out the way that I wanted and would appreciate any advice. I used a blur filter to soften the background.
Basic Information
Nikon 780
ISO 160
1/800 @f5.6
Lens 24-120mm
FL 120

3 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
First, you did a great job of removing the distractions.

I think the problem with the background was primarily that there wasn't enough distance between the subject and the background. There are two ways to get a blurry background that come to mind. One is to use the "darken and blur the background" choice with a radial filter inverted and erase the filter's effects on the boat. The other would be to duplicate the image, apply a strong Gaussian blur, and mask in just the sharp boat in Photoshop. (There's probably a better way in Photoshop, but I don't know it.)
With the strong color contrast between the blue and green, it's easy to see why you chose to take the shot.   Posted: 10/19/2021 12:33:04

John Zhu   John Zhu
I actually like your original photo except the powerline. It tell a story. Even to crop your photo, I prefer to leave some of the background. Good try.   Posted: 10/20/2021 11:31:29

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
It's a shame there's not enough background and the colours are quite similar so to get good separation, even though the boat is large in the image, is difficult. The way I attempted this was so select the boat and change its colour to red which gave a better contrast with the grass. Then, use a selective blur technique as Theresa suggested.
  Posted: 10/21/2021 09:29:25


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