Michel Biedermann  

My Happy Place by Michel Biedermann

July 2024 - My Happy Place

About the Image(s)

TECHNICAL: 1/200 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100 and 24mm

BACKGROUND: Though I've traveled to many continents, I just love coming home, especially to my happy place: my local beach!

PROCESSING: Minimal processing in Lightroom Classic. Used Nik Silver Efex to render monochrome and On1 NoNoise to remove noise and sharpen. No generative AI was used.

9 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
A very intensive and engaging view of an otherwise common site when we visit beaches around the world ... very striking work that creates a wider breadth of interest/excitement to what we would often define as austere. Well done!!   Posted: 07/07/2024 06:08:27
Michel Biedermann   Michel Biedermann
Lance, thank you very much for your kind words. They mean a lot, especially coming from you!   Posted: 07/09/2024 11:50:48

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hello Michel. You've presented an engaging composition that draws me in immediately. I want to run down the path and jump in the water! Lovely exposure with exquisite detail and a full range of tones. The clouds add drama. Great post-processing. Curious if you had considered removing the sign?   Posted: 07/08/2024 16:27:06
Michel Biedermann   Michel Biedermann
Hello Michael - Thanks for your kind words! Regarding removing the drone sign, I immediately had a smile come to my lips when you mentioned it. This pathway is very close to the Kennedy Space Center which launches rockets multiple times a week. Because of this, there are many, many signs, some very big, warning that drones are not allowed since this area is protected from flying. Having given you way too many details, I may think about removing it even though it's iconic (?) to that National Park and its set of beaches to make things much more natural.   Posted: 07/09/2024 11:57:01
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
No. Don't remove the Sign.

In my opinion, keeping this artifact interjects a human element I feel brings a sense of authenticity to the composition ... as such, "differentiates" this work from others like it, that feel, the sign (and other like-indexes of humanity) are distractions ... but I argue, instead, such artifacts often elicit more meaning, feeling and emotions from spectators.

  Posted: 07/10/2024 20:34:14

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Michel, clearly it is the artist's choice regarding the sign. Keeping the sign makes the image more specific and adds an, albeit small, point of context, while removing it makes it more generic. Either way it is a lovely shot.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:42:28

Elsie Allen
This is a pleasing image.
The intense tonality of the sky draws the viewer into the image and the grit of sand is felt between my toes!   Posted: 07/09/2024 21:33:18

Don Chen   Don Chen
Hi Michel, I love the contrast between the dramatic sky and the calm wooden path beneath it. The path leads me to a paradise between the water and sky. I'd probably darken the lower corners a little to enhance the leading line, just a thought.   Posted: 07/09/2024 23:56:24

Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Hi M,
this is a good presentation and story telling. The low contrast emphasises the details. I would recommend you to consider to have at least one spot on the scene complete black.   Posted: 07/11/2024 08:47:12


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