Jim Hagan  



May 2022 - Jim Hagan


About the Image(s)

We had a family get together at Disney’s Coronado Springs. While returning from dinner one evening the view was wonderful “ great sunset, calm waters, hotels illuminated.

I used a tripod to capture the scene with a wide angle lens at 24, 1/13 sec, f/5.6 and ISO at 400. In Photoshop I did little except to increase the vibrancy slightly and reduce noise.

5 comments posted

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Nice image, Jim. I particularly like the way the palm tree frames the left side of your composition. I might crop out a little more to the left of it, and drop the exposure on the lights that are left of the tree - they seem to pull my gaze away to the edge... I'd also consider dropping the exposure on the bottom - it's dark and noisy, and may look better as a silhouette. Rough initial attempt at these changes attached, I'm sure you and others could do it better :). Other thought, if one were so inclined, would be to clone the tree, mirror invert it and stick it on the right side for some symmetry...   Posted: 05/01/2022 14:52:41
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Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Great image Jim, I like how you've saturated the sky and the reflection in the water.

I agree with Mitch about the left crop, and the lights left of the palm tree, but would take it a step further and remove the lights completely.

For me the front is too dark so would bring it up just a little to see what is there as it's the border of the image, and gives context to the tree, but not too much so as to stop the eyes going into the lights.

  Posted: 05/03/2022 06:34:37

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I love this image! I think Terry's and Mitch's ideas are great. I do think that after you darken the water a bit, you might need to lighten your buildings just a touch.

I've used a highlights brush in Lightroom and just added a couple of "dots" on the buildings instead of long brush stroke. it works really well.   Posted: 05/06/2022 18:54:35

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
I also think this is a beautiful image (definitely somewhere I'd like to be right now!)
I like the composition. The tree and raised bank on the left-hand side of the image, balances the 2 thirds of the rest of the image, I like it the way it is.
  Posted: 05/17/2022 05:00:04

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
That's a pretty great image right out of the camera. I like these type of photos where it is getting dark with lights on in the buildings. The reflection brings it together.

I find your version vs original seems over sharpened or maybe it is JPG compression. Can't tell exactly but see it in details like the foreground palm tree leaves and some of the trees in the back as well.   Posted: 05/22/2022 09:24:26


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