Randall Gusdorf  

Smooth Sailing by Randall Gusdorf

September 2023 - Smooth Sailing

September 2023 - Randall Gusdorf


About the Image(s)

Taken two months ago at 10:00 at night in Iceland.
Lightroom adjustments, then Enhance in Lightroom.
The adjustments included cropping in a bit, and brightening it, a bit of contrast was added along with dehaze. I also Brightened up the tail using the “subject” AI, and used a brush to brighten and add white and clarity to the dripping water. I had added a lot more saturation but decided it did not look good, so I kept it more like the original.
Using the Fujifilm GFX 100s, 45-100 zoom at 79mm, f4.0, 1/2500s, iso 1250.

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

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
I feel it must be a great honour to see one of these creatures in the wild. Well done for getting a great photo. The lighting gives it a lot of atmosphere. The fluke is pin sharp.
I have tried a slightly tighter crop and a tad of lightening. See what you think?   Posted: 09/09/2023 06:47:28
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Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Angela, thanks. Please check the submission as the processed shot is not shown, but the same original shot for both. Yes, I like the crop, as that is along the lines of my processed shot of this pic. Yes, wonderful and powerful to see the whales.   Posted: 09/09/2023 08:22:14
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner

I have tried to change the image to no avail. I have emailed Tom Pickering the web admnin for help and will get it sorted asap.
My apologies.   Posted: 09/09/2023 08:55:56
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Angela, no problem, and it is actually a gift to me of perspective for me to keep focused. You see I was at home from work for an appointment, and then spent about 90 minutes working on the pic instead of going back to work right away. I messed up my rest of my day and missed a workout class. This morning I woke up and thought to myself that I need to stay on track and that I could have made my changes and submission last night after work and working out. Well, I see this as a give of God telling me to keep my life focused and steady, and to stay on track. Seriously, I am smiling at myself and am grateful for this experience. It is perfect, so no apology needed, as it was Divine and destine! God's humor!   Posted: 09/09/2023 09:08:10
Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
I think you do need to take a step back sometimes and get a different perspective on things. Hope sorted soon.   Posted: 09/09/2023 09:23:17

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
Randy I am still waiting to hear from Tom Pickering regarding changing your image over.   Posted: 09/10/2023 09:22:49

A wonderful capture. The colours are spectacular. The crop makes the fluke stand out. Great image!   Posted: 09/10/2023 09:50:12

Rose Norman   Rose Norman
A great timely capture. You were able to get a shot at just the right moment. I like the water coming off the tail. The ripples add to the story. Well done!   Posted: 09/10/2023 18:58:21

Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
Wow, you were so lucky to capture this! It's a beautiful majestic shot and I wouldn't change anything about it! That definitely belongs on your wall!   Posted: 09/30/2023 16:08:08