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Honeymoon Island State Park by Richard Stauber
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July 2024 - Honeymoon Island State Park

July 2024 - Richard Stauber


July 2024 - Richard Stauber

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About the Image(s)

Along the causeway to one of Florida's wonderful state parks, Honeymoon Island State Park, is a kayak rental place. The rack of colorful boats has been the subject of many photos and I decided this could make an interesting drone photo. At about 100 feet I hoovered the drone and waited for a renter to take one of the kayaks out for a ride. Processing, done with Affinity Photo 2, included the usual adjustments and removing distractions and a horizontal flip (looked better to me flipped).

One thing that is questionable, and I would like some opinions, is the removal of the US flag and pole. The inclusion of the flag may stir patriotic emotions, but I don't think it fits in terms of composition.

10 comments posted

Alex Andrews   Alex Andrews

I like everthing you have done (Flip/-Flag) I would add more saturation it is a color picture. Fantastic.   Posted: 07/05/2024 16:57:10
Richard Stauber   Richard Stauber
Thank you Alex, this is one of the nice things about the PSA DD- being able to get feedback on processing decisions.   Posted: 07/11/2024 15:11:06

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
I am good with removing the flagpole. I like your image, but to be honest I spent most of my viewing time on your video. The water in the image seems to have a lot of texture. At first I thought it was noise, but I guess not.   Posted: 07/07/2024 19:40:35
Richard Stauber   Richard Stauber
Yes, little ripples on the surface give a noisy appearance. Thanks.   Posted: 07/11/2024 15:14:44

Drema Swader   Drema Swader
A difficult subject, I think you did well with the processing. The saturation brought out the colors very well. It took me a few moments to figure out what I was looking at, but once I did I really liked how there are a few kayaks on the beach and one headed out to sea. Reversing the direction was the right move. I like the flag, but it did distract from the composition and lead the eye out of the picture, so removing it was the right decision.

I'm wondering if a different angle would have made a more compelling picture. Perhaps closer in with the color filling up more of the image, and the lone kayak on the water being a little bigger in the scene.   Posted: 07/08/2024 12:26:32
Richard Stauber   Richard Stauber
Thanks, when I get back down there will try a couple of other shots closer and looking in from over the water.   Posted: 07/11/2024 15:04:01

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hello Richard. I think this is a very nice image and I agree that you have handled it well. I like the flip and the flag being gone. I agree with Alex that you could saturate the kayaks more. In regards to Drema's suggestion - I think that if you cropped off the what I find to be distracting part in the lower left and a bit of the right then the focus would be stronger on the group of kayaks and the kayak heading out.   Posted: 07/08/2024 15:53:18
Richard Stauber   Richard Stauber
Thanks Lou, you're right- the shed on lower left doesn't help the image at all.   Posted: 07/17/2024 18:38:11

Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres
A few comments on the composition:

It felt pretty unbalanced, too much stuff on the left side, not enough on the right side.

And a clearer point of view might have helped, for example filling the frame with the boats in storage or getting closer to the five boats in the upper left. Just the single boat in the water might have been very interesting.   Posted: 07/16/2024 21:47:27
Richard Stauber   Richard Stauber
Thanks Pete for your comments. I realize that in some of my photos I do try to include too much and sometimes less is more.   Posted: 07/17/2024 18:34:27


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