Zina Mirsky  

Labyrinth Storm by Zina Mirsky

November 2021 - Labyrinth Storm

November 2021 - Zina Mirsky


About the Image(s)

This image is from my recent stormy kayak trip on Utah's Green River. The original was captured as we came ashore in moderately clear weather. Then the storm rolled in. I edited the image in LR, using saturation, contrast, and luminosity sliders, to show what it looked like during the storm! (I was in my tent throughout the storm and didn't venture out to actually TAKE the stormy image, but this reflects the sudden deepening of colors as the rains washed away the haze, and the loss of blue skies as the rains came.

The camera is my usual river Olympus Tough. It captures in RAW and was set at ISO 100, 1/160 second at f2.8.

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

Tom Gainer   Tom Gainer
(Groups 20 & 24)
Nice picture. Nice framing. I like your use of adjustments in LR. Perhaps trying some spot luminosity, sharpening and contrast on the kayaks. I paddled the same river a few years ago. I think we camped in the same spot. If I remember, there weren't many places to camp along the river, especially with the invasive tamarisk choking much of the river banks. Do you paddle much?   Posted: 11/13/2021 20:34:13
Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
(Group 55)
The sandbars vary from year to year, but you are right, there aren't too many set camps. Tamarisk has been reduced greatly by the introduction of the tamarisk beetle = a controversial management of nature that will likely come back to bite us on the butt. I will try some spot luminosity and sharpening/contrast on the kayaks -- it's not something I've done routinely so I will learn a new skill, thank you.../z   Posted: 11/13/2021 23:43:09

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
(Groups 23 & 96)
Hi Zina, I think this may be one of those images that we all take, where there is too much in the frame. I don't know if the story is the be landscape, the reflection, or the kayaks. They could all be a delightful story. I wonder if you tried a wide-angle image from the yellow kayak. That could have produced originality in the landscape. Your post produced a nice sky. I hope you have some other images to share from the trip. It is a gorgeous area, and you have a technically excellent image.   Posted: 11/15/2021 13:51:06
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Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
(Group 55)
The waterproof camera doesn't have a wide-angle option but I agree that such a view would be far superior. My goal here was to depict all of us safe ashore with a storm approaching. I needed the landscape and river to reflect that slice of the sky that I saw. If I had a wide angle I think my priority focus would have been on the far landscape and sky, with the kayaks leading the eye to the distance.   Posted: 11/15/2021 14:39:20

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
(Group 45)
The title gives a clear indication of what you want the image to portray and your final image conveys it very well. I like the way you have deepened the shadows to make it more dramatic and I always like a reflection in an image. I would remove the yellow kayak in the foreground which I see as a major distraction. Having said that, there is another interpretation in which you could brighten up the kayaks and make them the focal point of the image but I would still remove the yellow one.   Posted: 11/16/2021 03:48:26