Freddie Kelvin  

Cobblestones by Freddie Kelvin

June 2021 - Cobblestones

June 2021 - Freddie Kelvin


About the Image(s)

The original image was taken of a reflection at the Koi Pond, Selby Gardens, Sarasota with a Fuji XT3. The exposure was greatly lightened (!), a little cropping was done, and a lot of color manipulation!
I am fascinated by reflections, as they transport me into another world. That day, I spent over an hour shooting 150 or so images (often, as with this, they were far too dark). Of course, it might have helped if I had greatly raised my ISO from 800. My goal was to create an abstract image from this reflection of tropical plants, without any koi in the frame. This Koi Pond, although small, lends itself to a wide variety of images with its differing patterns and colorations.

6 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Freddie, I appreciate I like its complementary varying shapes and curves. Overall, I consider a strong image. The color palette you used is great for that image. However, to my eyes pattern in the upper right corner creates a bit of dissonance that makes your image a tad busy for my eyes. I would also like to see a bit more variance in the color tonality. I took the liberty of playing with your image to show you what I mean. I cropped the left portion of your image to make it look a bit less busy. I then applied a curves layer and then randomly adjusted the luminosity. I tried to keep your original concept.   Posted: 06/06/2021 13:08:04
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Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
Hi Peter,
I like how you have improved the image by cropping and adding more color variation. Your version is much stronger because of your editing. Thanks so much!   Posted: 06/06/2021 23:41:54

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Freddie, Welcome to Group 79. The reflections are wonderful. You did a good job extracting detail and color. I agree with Peter's comments. My primary concern was the lack of blacks. In a situation like this I use Levels or Curves (not available in Photoshop Elements, my primary post processing software) to be sure there is a tonality spread from black to white on the histogram as appropriate for the particular image. This image as presented seems to lack good blacks which would improve contrast and give the image more punch. Karl   Posted: 06/09/2021 09:36:41

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Absolutely fascinating and lovely! You might, when you're planning on taking so many shots (I assume with a tripod and cable release), switch your settings in an order so you cover various ISO's and apertures and lengths of exposures. Then afterwards pick the best to work with in post-processing. I do like Peter's changes, but I like the original too.   Posted: 06/13/2021 18:15:00

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
I too love the abstract nature of reflections in water. You have a wealth of patterns in this image. The very bright pinkish area on top just right of center has but little detail and pulls my eyes away from the rest of the image. I would either selectively tone it down or crop it. What camera and lens did you use, and what were your aperture and shutter speed settings? What processing software and tools did you use? The green swirls led my eyes across the image and presented potential unifying elements. I tried the crop below and flipped the image horizontally to create an arc of intermittent green from a darker section bottom left over to the lighter green on the upper right.   Posted: 06/14/2021 11:04:25
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Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
Karl, I have a tendency to leave the edited image too dark but perhaps this one did need more blacks.
Sandra, this was a one shot effort. The Koi Pond in Selby Gardens is full of interesting and unexpected patterns, so I just kept shooting stuff from all angles for an hour or more.
I did not use a tripod, and almost never do now, since this doesn't seem necessary for reflections or other abstract work.
Judith, I used a Fuji XT3 with a 35mm f2 lens. The exposure was 1/60 sec at f8 and ISO 800. All processing was done in Lightroom(Photoshop, for me, is a nightmare and I like my sleep!) Your editing has made the image far more interesting. Thanks!   Posted: 06/15/2021 19:23:32


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