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dwood
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« on: September 14, 2009, 09:30:29 PM »
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This is an early morning scene on the coastline of Stonington, Maine. Under clear skies, you'd see a point of land to the right of the dinghy, islands beyond and open ocean. The fog was so thick, I'd guess you couldn't see more than 50 yards in front of you. It was dark and the air was thick with moisture. It was the perfect setting (IMO) for this picture.


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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009, 12:34:19 AM »
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With no horizon, the image makes me look again and again. I think it's splendid!
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 02:31:35 AM »
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This is an early morning scene on the coastline of Stonington, Maine. Under clear skies, you'd see a point of land to the right of the dinghy, islands beyond and open ocean. The fog was so thick, I'd guess you couldn't see more than 50 yards in front of you. It was dark and the air was thick with moisture. It was the perfect setting (IMO) for this picture.

I like it. Very serene, slightly eerie.

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 03:48:33 AM »
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Very calming, very nice, I would put it big on my wall
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 06:09:11 AM »
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Simple and elegant.

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 07:34:25 AM »
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beautiful shot....lack of hoirzon makes this (IMO)
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 08:28:19 AM »
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Classic Maine fog. Very nice.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 09:05:15 AM »
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Thanks to all for your kind comments.
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009, 09:15:46 AM »
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Doug, I agree with geotzo. Hang it -- at least 11 x 14.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2009, 10:30:22 AM »
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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I'm with everyone else.  Serene and beautiful.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2009, 12:14:18 PM »
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I like it. Very serene, slightly eerie.
Looking at it more closely, I see four tiny black dots where the horizon might be, between the boat and the rightmost upright on the pier, above the rope. I'd be tempted to clone them out, to preserve the uninterrupted background.

Other than that, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Well done!

Jeremy
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2009, 01:09:52 PM »
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Looking at it more closely, I see four tiny black dots where the horizon might be, between the boat and the rightmost upright on the pier, above the rope. I'd be tempted to clone them out, to preserve the uninterrupted background.

Other than that, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Well done!

Jeremy

I enlarged it a bit and noticed that the black dots are not really in a straight line. I'm pretty sure they are gulls or ducks sitting on the water. But since one can't be sure, it might be good to clone them out.


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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2009, 01:41:07 PM »
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Looking at it more closely, I see four tiny black dots where the horizon might be, between the boat and the rightmost upright on the pier, above the rope. I'd be tempted to clone them out, to preserve the uninterrupted background.

Other than that, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Well done!

Jeremy
Good eye Jeremy. Those dots are lobster buoys in the distance. If you look very closely, you'll see more of those above and to the left of the pier, along with a couple of mooring balls. I thought about cloning those out as well but in the end, decided to keep them as they were. I've been known to change my mind, however.  
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2009, 02:18:38 PM »
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Very nice image.  I love it the way it is.  I also like a more minimalist square crop that removes the left third.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2009, 11:42:02 PM »
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^what they said^
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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2009, 10:28:00 AM »
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I think it's a great shot!  Good composition and mood.  The only question I have concerns the relatively high contrast.  I wonder if you moved the black point up, whether directly or through levels, curves or contrast.  If so, I would try the image with less intense blacks, as my guess is that that would enhance the mystery and mood.  

Either way, though, I'm envious!
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« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2009, 11:41:01 AM »
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Very nice image.  I love it the way it is.  I also like a more minimalist square crop that removes the left third.
It is indeed a very nice shot. I agree with this statement about the square crop though (even if it will get me on Russ's bad side). The height of the tree and its closeness to the edge of the frame gives it an awful lot of visual weight. Cropping that section out gives you a simpler composition that gives more prominence to the pier and boat. But really, the star of this image is the wonderful mood created by the way the water blends into the fog/sky without any real horizon. The tones are also lovey
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« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2009, 01:08:49 PM »
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It is indeed a very nice shot. I agree with this statement about the square crop though (even if it will get me on Russ's bad side). The height of the tree and its closeness to the edge of the frame gives it an awful lot of visual weight. Cropping that section out gives you a simpler composition that gives more prominence to the pier and boat. But really, the star of this image is the wonderful mood created by the way the water blends into the fog/sky without any real horizon. The tones are also lovey

Jeff, Well, here it is with the left 1/3 removed. I suspect that if that's what Doug wanted, that's what he'd have shot.

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But I have to admit, it's not bad. Actually, I'm not sure I don't like it better than the original.


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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2009, 01:28:19 PM »
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Jeff, Well, here it is with the left 1/3 removed. I suspect that if that's what Doug wanted, that's what he'd have shot.

[attachment=16587:39210537...453e94_o.jpg]

But I have to admit, it's not bad. Actually, I'm not sure I don't like it better than the original.
I'm not convinced. My vote stays with the original.

Jeremy

A first, perhaps: Russ says crop and I say don't!
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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2009, 01:30:09 PM »
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I'm not convinced. My vote stays with the original.

Jeremy

A first, perhaps: Russ says crop and I say don't!

It works either way.  I'm a sucker for square crops, tho.
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