Wilson River – Tillamook, Oregon

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    • #383412
      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      When I shot this photograph- the light was as flat as a pancake. It was raining. I used post-production to breathe some life into it. It received an amazing (to me) amount of attention on Instagram. It really seemed to hit a chord with people.

      What do you folks thing? Does the post-processing create a sense of realism?

    • #383433
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Kent I know how PP can help a pic with flat lighting.  I have done it with some of mine.  I cannot offer any criticism here.  I love it.  The warm colors draped around the cool river are fantastic.  This is POTW material.  I had a feeling that when you went to Oregon for the holidays that you would come back with some great photos.  This is one of them.  Great capture Kent.  Well done.

      • #383442
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks John! Your words mean a lot to me. 🙂

    • #383446
      Lenny Wollitz
      Participant

      Hi Kent, I’m not much of a landscape fan but this I would hang on the wall!

    • #383452
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      I can think of about 20 things that aren’t wrong with this photo, The yellow grass on the shoreline acting as a leading line down the river to the fog, works very well, as I’m sure was your intention. I would love to see the before as well to see just how far you took it. Wonderful edit Kent.

      • #383783
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Robert. I posted the original below.

    • #383504
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      I really like it too, Kent, and can’t fault it. The colouring gives it an old fashioned look, which is engaging. Like Robert said, it would be really interesting to see how much magic you worked on it!

      • #383782
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Diane. I posted the original below.

    • #383508
      beth
      Participant

      same as everyone else.  i love it.  the yellow/blue color palette works very well.  the river leads the eye into the composition and ends at the clouds on the mountain.

      the editing on this excellent, it polishes the details and tones that were already there.

      the only thing i might consider playing with would be cropping the left side so it’s a little more symmetrical and the river meets the left edge like it does on the right.  but i can’t tell if that’s going to take away too many trees on the left.

      • #383781
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        I’ll play around with the crop. Thanks Beth!

    • #383528
      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      Beautiful and mystical, Kent.   I really like the combo of old fashioned lighting in the background – sky, fog, back hill – with the more hyper-color in the foreground.   For me, the exaggerated yellow-orange coloring of the shoreline plants really works with the subtle aqua tints in the water, and is balanced by the green, especially the long branches reaching in from the left.   Very nice targeted coloring!

    • #383531
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Kent you made the light mystical. The river pulls you into the fog. Works well.
      Possibly a 1×1 crop might work even a bit better. You get rid of a little bit of the foreground water which is a bit “dead water” to me. And a tad closer works a bit better for me too. However, that depends on how big you print it for your wall.

      Like it a lot.

    • #383555
      billyspad
      Blocked

      Taking a photograph which was possibly taken when the light was not ideal and then using all the PP tools at hand combined with the necessarily skills to make it into a stunning picture is surely what digital photography is all about?

      Just perfect mate and a large print on your wall will look superb.

    • #383563
      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Here is the original, as it emerged from the camera…

    • #383653
      Tom M
      Participant

      I do like what you did to this Kent. I like it a lot. I think the yellow on the shores are a little too unrealistic though. Needs to be somewhere between the original and your PP one. No other complaints…

       

      • #383777
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Tom. Good suggestion! Cheers.

    • #383671
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Engaging pic Kent. I think I’m with Tom re the yellow being a little heavy. It’s the only part of the pic which looks a bit unnatural to me. The rest of the pic has responded well to the PP, especially the tree lines left and right which have really come to life.

      The edited version really ups the mood factor and leads the eye down the river toward the bend.  The mist seems to be drifting to that unknown place and together with the darker edges of the pic, the lighter centre area draws me into a sense of mystery. I think this is enhanced even more by the matte look of the distant hills which demand only a fleeting glance. All roads lead to that bend. What lies beyond?

      Great image Kent. Pretty good for a ‘flat’ day 🙂

      • #383776
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Graham! Yeah, I’m going to tweak back the yellow.  🙂

    • #383694
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I like it Kent. Flat days are a favourite of mine. No bracketing required and nothing blown out.The moment I looked at it my gut said it’s going to rain and hard.

      This definitely has that Instagram feel to it that has become the in thing. I guess that’s what I don’t care for…that faddish thing, it’s starting to become passe. I like the colour shifts but agree that the yellow grass is a bit too much. I would also darken the “dark darks” a touch, just because it’s me and I don’t care for that washed out feel.

      Good to see you posting. Hope you had a great family holiday!

    • #383722
      3pco
      Participant

      I agree that this is a very nice composition, but on my monitor the fog looks a sulfurous yellow, and having noticed that, maybe the red/yellow saturation is a bit high overall.

      • #383773
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Yeah. Several folks have said that now. I think I’ll tweak them back down a little. THANKS!

    • #383771
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Fantastic Kent! I might have stopped a touch earlier with enriching the yellows and oranges but it’s a great shot overall!

      • #383774
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        I think I’ll tweak them back down a little. THANKS!

    • #383864
      Gary Zerbst
      Participant

      Since you now allow it, I’ve played with your SOOC photo a bit.  I ended up SLIGHTLY  boosting saturation , increasing brilliance and contrast, and decreasing exposure.  I’ve also cropped a little  off the left  so that the river has a slight diagonal component to its leading lines.  I thought that the “flat”  part of the river at the bottom was uninteresting so I cropped  it  up to just below the first riffle.   When I had accomplished all this previsualized  changes,  I find that it’s not really an improvement , just different.     BTW it looks pretty good as a B&W too.   Cannot post it now o show you since Flickr is down and It’s late and I’m too sleepy to wait  for flickr to get fixed.    Maybe by mid morning tomorrow, I’ll be able to post it.

       

       

    • #383875
      Frogdaily
      Participant

      I do like the PP, it definitely brought life to the image. Knowing the Oregon Coast I personally like the colors you brought to the image and would not tone the grasses down … it definitely strikes a chord with me.

      The only critique I would have is to clone out an eye snag – the white pipes coming down from the house on the right side.  I would also darken the branch left foreground about midway up as there is a small part of the branch that keeps drawing my eye which isn’t therein the original image.

      Great capture! It may have been a flat rainy day, but you created a beautiful photo that would not have been if it weren’t for the weather.

      • #383894
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Great catch, Belinda! I didn’t even notice those pipes. Gone!

    • #383913
      Gary Zerbst
      Participant

      Flickr is back up, here’s Kent’s photo with my semi successful edits

       

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      • #383918
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Interesting Gary. Good job. I like it.

    • #383915
      Mariah Gauthier
      Participant

      Wow, this is stunning. I personally love the yellow– it really gives it life and just pops off the screen. While it may not be realistic, that yellow does indeed exist in nature, so it does not come off as being fake to me. Not really a criticism, but couldn’t skip this without commenting.

    • #384646
      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I agree with Mariah — I love the 1st version, especially all aspects of the coloring.  I

      • #384763
        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Anne. I have come to the conclusion that I’m sticking with the original as well. Sometimes a little bit of surrealism is just the ticket.

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