Lou McLove  

Maumee River by Lou McLove

June 2022 - Maumee River

June 2022 - Lou McLove


About the Image(s)

I took this image on the Maumee River just south of Toledo. During the spring there is a major walleye run in the rivers rapids followed closely by the walleye fishermen. This is a frame from a video so I don't have much in the way of statistics. I cropped the original image and did some exposure adjustments in Lightroom. I took the image in the early morning, the light was low and the shadows as a result are muddy.

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10 comments posted

Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres
Again, like Drema, another daring over water image!

I would have liked a more definitive subject somewhere in the image. Maybe gotten closer to one of the groups of fisherman, or if that wasn't possible, just cropped in?   Posted: 06/09/2022 14:41:24
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Pete, thanks for the comments. I agree there is not a definitive subject, I'm not sure that even cropping would greatly improve the image.   Posted: 06/16/2022 08:51:16

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
Lou, in my opinion you really improved the lighting. Like Pete, I am wondering what it would look like if you cropped in to create an image around the fishermen in the lower left. Starting with a video frame, you probably don't have enough pixels to make a quality crop. But maybe Photoshop's Supersize command may help.

Flying down the river would make a nice video (that may be what you did) and if the drone ended up in the drink, you would at least have a lot of fishermen to help you recover it. :-)   Posted: 06/15/2022 13:47:15
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Don, thanks for the comments. I'm not sure that cropping would greatly improve the image. It was a frame capture from a video so the lower pixel count and poor lighting didn't leave a lot to work with. At the time I took the image I thought the scene was interesting but a closer look at part of it would be an overall improvement.   Posted: 06/16/2022 08:54:38

Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Beautiful waterway, and I see why you wanted to capture it. However, I don't think cropping off the horizon line helped you very much, it looks like you have two leading lines along the edges of the river leading up to the top of the image and almost bumping into the top. Too much going on at the very top. I think it might have been better to have brought out a little bit of the color in the sky which matches the sunlight shining on the water, and that gives a little more breathing room at the top. Also, I recommend against lightening the water as you did, you lose some of the nice detail in the water. Instead of lightening the entire image, just try to lighten the shadows a bit.   Posted: 06/15/2022 17:14:46
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Dremma. Other than being a nice image of the river and the fishing activities I think the the image is pretty weak. You comment about not lightening the water is right on, I did not see that until you mentioned it. I took this image early in the day so the light was poor plus it was back lit so I think the shadows are not salvageable. Thanks again for the comments.   Posted: 06/16/2022 09:10:36

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Compositionwise it is absolutely fine with me. Maybe just a little turning up the gimbal so that we would have less water in the foreground and more trees in the background. But this is only a "maybe".
The background plants (trees or bushes) look blueish to me so, unlike they are a rare species of blue trees, I would correct the color :)   Posted: 06/15/2022 23:47:11
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Janos. You have made some good suggestions, the sky was not good that day and I think the lighting was poor so that the trees are really muddy. I'll see about color correction on the trees, overall I think it shows an interesting scene but is not a great photo.   Posted: 06/16/2022 08:49:21

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Nice cloud reflections in the water... need to get a view with one of the fishermen that are there. A pretty capture of the day, but not compelling enough for an "art shot" I suppose. At least you got out there flying!   Posted: 06/27/2022 14:38:12
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks, I agree with you comments.The opportunities for drone photography are pretty slim, at least around NW Ohio. I have lots of opportunities to fly my drone but not many interesting subjects.   Posted: 06/28/2022 08:48:02