Michael Hrankowski  


Windy Morning On Lopez Island by Michael Hrankowski

November 2021 - Windy Morning On Lopez Island

About the Image(s)

Sony a6600; 30sec @f/11; ISO 100; 18-135 shot at 60mm (90mm FFE)

We were invited by friends to spend a few days at their home up on Lopez Island - one of the islands in the San Juan chain north of Seattle. The morning after we arrived was a blustery day with gale force winds. Thought it would be a good opportunity to practice with my ND filters for some long exposures. Getting the shot was challenging due to the high winds that were buffeting my camera and tripod. Basic edits done in Lightroom and the B & W conversion was handled in Silver EFEX. Finished off using the new "Enhance" function in LR that doubles the resolution.


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9 comments posted




Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Michael - nice choice for long exposure to turn surf into a low mist. I think that the rock in the center of that mist creates a very good focal point for the eye, framed in the white of the sea. I find it interesting that the clouds are well defined - I guess 30sec is fast enough so that they do not move so much.

One aspect I think detracts from the image: the relative lightness of the rock at the bottom center of the frame which does compete for my attention. I would offer the suggestion of cropping, burning, or cloning its darkness from other rocks.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:10:45
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, thanks for pointing those details out! Does this look better?   Posted: 11/03/2021 11:34:07
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Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, you caught me!!!! The image is highly edited, including a sky replacement and I got so caught up in my edit that I didn't think to insert some motion blur into the clouds. I agree about the rock. ...back to the drawing board!   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:20:10
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Yes, i do think the changes worked: somehow it seems more tranquil to me.   Posted: 11/03/2021 12:00:16



Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
A shot full of mood and action. Good composition and treatment. I agree with Gerard about the rock in the foreground and your revision of that certainly helps. I am intrigued by that piece of metal pole or rod on the rocks - what is it? Not the remains of your tripod I hope!   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:20:42
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Peter, thanks for your comments. The "metal" on the rocks is a piece of washed up sea kelp.   Posted: 11/04/2021 13:01:31



Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Michael,
Well done. You created a nice composition using your long exposure settings. The contrast of the white mist against the dark rock formations and dark sea works well. The dark clouds add a finishing touch. Good texture on the rocks.   Posted: 11/04/2021 19:41:36



Leanne Moore
Michael, Lovely image this scene works well as a mono. The rocks are lovely and dark and textured and work well against the white splashes of the waves. I agree with Gerard about the lower section and the sky does blend better blurred. I give you full marks for braving the wind and sea spray to get this shot.   Posted: 11/06/2021 19:30:48



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Beautiful Texture and Tones. Good job on the second image. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 11/21/2021 19:19:40