Sunil Mehta  

Tranquility by Sunil Mehta

September 2023 - Tranquility

September 2023 - Sunil Mehta


About the Image(s)

Camera: LEICA Q

Lens: 28mm Fix lens f/1.7

Exposures: 1/80 sec at f/11; ISO 100

This was taken some time back, one of my rejected files.

On a morning walk, saw this water stream and the horse, morning light was entering the lens, tried using my hand to cover but, still could not avoid.

Worked on the file several times to make it look okay.

Postprocess: LR, Photoshop.

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

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
It is indeed, a very tranquil scene. I like the idea of replacing the background trees on the left half of the image. I'd have liked it more if the replacement had not led to repeating the same pattern of trees four times across the image.   Posted: 09/01/2023 19:17:01
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Robert,

Agree, I will try differently, will post if it turns out better.
Also, just a tight crop of the horse and water stream may look good, will try.   Posted: 09/01/2023 20:12:57
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Sharp eye, Robert! I missed it!
  Posted: 09/12/2023 12:41:45

James Troeger   James Troeger
Admittedly, I'm not sure how to respond when you do not submit a monotone image, Sunil!

The work you have put into it already is fantastic ... as Robert mentioned, the repetition of the tree pattern is notable.

Your comment on another cropping plan is also what I thought initially when I looked at it.

Here, I took your original, cropped it to primarily show the horse and stream, tweaked color, contrast, dehaze, etc., and ran it through Topaz Photo AI. I left the far shore primarily alone and left a little bit of the other "stuff" in the top of the crop as it felt to me as though it offered the image of a camp setup on the far shore and that the horse is facing toward its camp.   Posted: 09/02/2023 18:18:24
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks James.
Liked your views, will try again.   Posted: 09/03/2023 20:41:21
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Nice rendition!
  Posted: 09/12/2023 12:42:35

Ed Ogle   Ed Ogle
Nice image. The repeating tree pattern got my attention. I would consider going and taking a photo from the same spot at a different time of day and use that for the background rather than cloning the trees.   Posted: 09/04/2023 19:57:07

Ken Weaver   Ken Weaver
I really liked this image. I cropped to place the horse in the lower right third of the overall image to try to fill the frame with more of the horse. I did apply NIK ColorEfex 5 Detail Extractor to get more detail in the saddle and the horse.   Posted: 09/11/2023 14:06:30
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Ken, I like this rendition even more! Really moves to "tranquil"   Posted: 09/12/2023 12:43:46
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks Ken,Liked your crop, reprocessed from the start, did not edit background trees much and only part of the lens flares edited. attached in my post of today.   Posted: 09/18/2023 20:01:58

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh

I love the scene. There are a couple of bright rocks along the borders, and I would darken them, so our eye does not keep traveling to the light rocks.

I particularly like Ken's crop, although I recommend you watch the bright rocks on the edge.

So glad you took this out of the "reject" pile, its one of my favorites! And delighted you left it in color, as the sunlight through the trees and warmth of the horse against the cold rocks and water is beautiful.   Posted: 09/12/2023 12:46:19
Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Re processed from the start, did not edit background trees much and only part of the lens flares edited. attached in my last update.   Posted: 09/18/2023 19:59:15

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
A wonderful image and a wonderful conversion from the original. But, I feel some can be cropped off the right side. In my revision I've kept the horizontal format but cropped some off the top of the image as well as from the right side. To me I feel the composition works better when the horse is in one of the golden mean 1/3 points.   Posted: 09/14/2023 06:26:09
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Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Thanks for your views, reprocessed and attached.   Posted: 09/18/2023 19:58:14

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Reprocessed from the start, did not edit background trees much and only part of the lens flares edited.   Posted: 09/18/2023 19:56:52
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Great image, big improvement. And, great idea to leave trees without being edited.   Posted: 09/19/2023 05:13:30
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I like all your changes, Sunil. Really a unique and serene scene.

My only suggestion is that many of the rocks still seem bright to me and might benefit from a bit of darkening.

I do like the corner of blue sky, which complements the blue of the stream.   Posted: 09/27/2023 19:59:30