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    Two Men in a Boat

    When I spent a weekend on the shores of Loch Lomond in 2012, I tried a silhouette-type shot and ended up with this.

    So, this year (I go there every year), I thought I'd try to work on the same idea and see what I could do.

    The one good thing is that there are plenty of opportunities, as lots people go fishing on these boats (Bernard -Benjy- this is thanks to you!).

    What I wanted to do was hold on to a bit of detail in the land in the background and not let it go completely black. Does it work?

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    In a word - yes. I like that Donald. Might have preferred it cropped a little tighter at the top but I 'm not certain about that. See what others think.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by John 2 View Post
    See what others think.
    Indeed. What I thought was that I didn't want the shoreline (which, effectively, is like a horizon), too close to the top.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    I think you could probably reduce that black area by around a quarter, with a similar amount from the right side.

    At the moment it seems just a fraction heavy compared with the delicate effect from the boat and waves.

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    I agree that the top area could be reduced a tad.

    Consider eliminating all sharpening and reducing contrast in the lake. For me, the lake stands out more than the silhouette of the boat and fishermen, and I think you want the silhouette to be the first thing that I see.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    I agree that the top area could be reduced a tad.
    There seems to be a consensus on that one.

    I shall take it on board ... along with what else has been said.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Donald, regardless of what you do in PP, it is a good capture.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    I have taken on board the comments made. Whilst perhaps not applying them in strictly the way the commentators intended, I have given them my interpretation and come up with a re-worked version of the image with which I am quite pleased.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I have taken on board the comments made. Whilst perhaps not applying them in strictly the way the commentators intended, I have given them my interpretation and come up with a re-worked version of the image with which I am quite pleased.

    What do you think?

    Donald, I like the perspective on the second image better.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    I prefer the original.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    I prefer the lower contrast in the lake (not a surprise, considering that I suggested it) but I prefer the crop and trees in the original version.

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Hi Donald.

    The contrast of the whites and blacks on the water's surface is too severe for my tastes and the boat and men do not stand out as much as I think they could if my attention were not drawn to the water. Hard for me to tell without trying it. Any chance you would post the original?

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Curtis View Post
    Hi Donald.

    The contrast of the whites and blacks on the water's surface is too severe...
    I like the overall composition in the first image. IMO the horizontal crop in the first image works better. I agree with Ken though that the choppiness of the water is too distracting. To the point that it obscures the silhouette of the boat/people and is almost dizzying. Maybe you should have a talk with those fishermen and get them to set out on the water earlier in the morning before the wind gets up

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    Re: Two Men in a Boat

    Perhaps a layer with a gaussion blur could smooth the dizzying water?

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