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Mistake in fog

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Kathryn Garlick says:

This is in Mistake Island, Maine. Hoping to learn how to take better photos in fog. Appreciate your critiques. I overexposed this to hopefully add to the foggy look.Mistake in fog
5:47AM, 17 October 2020 PST (permalink)

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Puddin Tain says:

IMHO it's too foggy/overexposed. It's also sold fog rendering it hard to see anything.
3 months ago (permalink)

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alanGmedia says:

You succeeded in giving it a foggy look but a punch in contrast would help us to see the boats a bit better. At the moment it just looks too dull. Sorry to be negative but its just a bit too much of a good thing! Lifting the brightness might help too? At the moment it looks more like a Victorian pea-souper than an attractive misty morning.
3 months ago (permalink)

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DaveInMesa says:

Hi Kathryn,

I love Maine, and this image evokes a lot of memories for me. I even knew there was a Mistake Island, though I never quite got there. Winter Harbor was as close as I ever got.

I have a different view on this one. As a fine art image, I don't think it's too dull or overexposed. I think it could do with more contrast and/or darkening of the shadows to bring out the boats and landscape features just a bit.

It's well conceived and generally well composed, though perhaps a bit too closely cropped/framed. The tip of the mast comes too close to the top of the frame. If it had been possible to move to a position where the foreground (forewater?) boat was at a more perpendicular angle to the camera, it's proportions would look better. At this angle, the hull is foreshortened while the mast is unaffected, so it looks unbalanced; tiny boat, huge mast. That's an exaggeration, of course, to make the point clear.

I would also clone out the small buoys (or whatever they are), to enhance the minimalist feel.

The biggest issue is that you've got a boatload (hehe) of banding in the sky. Banding is one of the worst aspects of digital photography, especially since many different things can cause it, so you may have to try multiple remedies to find one that works on any given image.

But, if you can solve the banding issue, I would not consider this a mistake. It may not be 100% successful, but it's at least a B, not an F.
3 months ago (permalink)

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Kathryn Garlick says:

Using Lightroom, I reduced my exposure, brightened the highlights in split tone, added a tiny bit of contrast. Lowered the dehaze and clarity. I noticed a lot of noise, so I sharpened to 20 and Luminance to 52 with mask to 75. _MG_7336-2
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Kathryn Garlick edited this topic 3 months ago.

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DaveInMesa says:

Well, that was quick. I like that you added a bit of space at the top. I'm not sure I'm understanding some of what you said. Did you add or subtract sharpening? (In LR, anything over 25 Sharpening is going to add noise and artifacts.) And Luminance is noise reduction, yes?

I've also never heard of using split toning to lighten highlights. There's no neutral option in my version of LR. Why not just use the Highlight slider? Or a curve?

It's more 'realistic', now, so maybe Puddin' and Alan will like this better. I don't. It's lost the fine art feel of the original. And now those buoys are really distracting.
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alanGmedia says:

Yep, I like that much better. Very evocative.
And I don't see any buoys???
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Kathryn Garlick says:

I guess I am a bit confused with my editing. I used Tone curve, not split toning and I posted the edited picture, as I guess you were originally writing. I have now updated my edited picture, removing the lobster pots. I put my sharpening slider to 20 with my mask to 75. Luminance in noise reduction slider panel to 52. I just don't seem to be able to get the feeling I wanted from this photo. I understand what Puddin and Alan are referring to, but I was hoping for more emotion than what I get with the clearer details of the sailboat.
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alanGmedia says:

alanGmedia:

And I don't see any buoys?


OK, I see them in the original when I zoom in, but not in the second version, I guess that's where you cloned them out..
3 months ago (permalink)

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Puddin Tain says:

Much better!
3 months ago (permalink)

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Kathryn Garlick says:

Thank you everyone for your assistance. I appreciate your comments and agree the photo looks better. I was hoping for a soft foggy photo so I was trying to avoid getting the sailboat in sharp contrast as I found it harsh, especially at the water line. In this photo I did a local adjustment with a brush just to the main hull of the sailboat with minus clarity and minus texture. Yes or No? _MG_7336-3
3 months ago (permalink)

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alanGmedia says:

I think it works, its softer than #2 but still bright enough to be clearly visible. Good shot.
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UrbanArmitage says:

Hi Kathryn,

I'm with DaveInMesa on this one.

I like your minimalist style with the first edit. It creates an ethereal look that works for me. I think if you added contrast a lot of that would go away, like in your second edit you posted which IMO is not nearly as good on the eye. I would go with the first edit, perhaps with a little bit of accentuation of the edges rather than contrast to bring out the subjects.

I also think that the buoys should be cloned out so they do not detract from the image.

Well done on a great image.
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Puddin Tain says:

I like the 2nd one best.
3 months ago (permalink)

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Kathryn Garlick says:

Thank you all you have been very helpful.
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JohnT2012 says:

I thought the original captured the fog vibe very well.
With all the editing the final version has lost a lot of what in my opinion made it interesting and different
You end up with a shot of a boat and how many of those have we seen?
3 months ago (permalink)

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