Trey Foerster  

Skunk Lake Spring Sunset by Trey Foerster

May 2021 - Skunk Lake Spring Sunset

May 2021 - Trey Foerster


May 2021 - Trey Foerster

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About the Image(s)

A pair of sandhill cranes fly over Skunk Lake in the Sunk-Foster State Natural Area at sunset on a Spring evening. The lake is home to many birds including the cranes, which have a nest in the cattails on the western shoreline. Tech specs: ISO 100, f/8, 1/4000 sec., -1 exposure bias, pattern metering, 35mm focal length. This was a “test” challenge for a sunset and working with different shutter speeds. I chose the darkest frame knowing I could lighten to the mood I preferred to set with a silhouette. The pair of Sandhill cranes actually flew past and was the reason I chose this particular shot. I set the sun on the left 1/3rd line and divided the image horizontally into thirds as well. I can’t decide if the horizontal or vertical rendition is the best … so let me know! Standard processing of RAW in PS and then adjustments in LR. Used TopazStudio for a few adjustments for light, color, and contrast. Back into LR for some fine color tuning, then to PS for cleanup and cropping.

5 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Group 4)
Trey, to my eye the strongest parts of the image are the sky first and the contrast of the dark treetops to the sky second. I feel that the birds add to the picture but as composed are too small to make a difference to this viewer's eye.

For me the reflected trees and sky are not bright enough to add much to the image. Did you consider cropping further to take advantage of the magnificent sky and to enlarge the Sandhill Cranes in the image?

Thanks for sharing and feel free to take a good shot at my image in Group 4. Would appreciate your thoughts there.

Stay safe.   Posted: 05/02/2021 14:59:20
Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
You're right. They flew into the scene when I was already shooting so all I had time for was hitting the shutter again and not zooming. I've enlarged as much as I could in attachment here.   Posted: 05/02/2021 18:35:42
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Gary Butler   Gary Butler
(Group 4)
Definitely better!   Posted: 05/02/2021 19:43:34

Sanat Kumar Karmakar   Sanat Kumar Karmakar
Dear Trey,
I like the comments of Gary. In fact, the sky is really interesting to my eyes with added value of appearing birds; but the dark portion of trees is not looking nice and enhancement of trees may reveal details along with reflections. Your second effort has given much value to the image. As sunset is my attraction, I like your presentation. Thanks a lot.   Posted: 05/07/2021 11:17:49

Rich James
Trey, what a beautiful scene! The effect of a serene landscape is captured perfectly with your edits. For my eye the birds add to the interest. I do see the canvas is an off shape and maybe that's to capture some of the reflection. But what it does is add a large black area that is a bit distracting. You might consider removing a bit of the center and melding the top and bottom. Beautiful image nonetheless.   Posted: 05/07/2021 13:44:04


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