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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography


November 10, 2019 — Wright’s Lake, California

Whatever it is, it feels no pain and it never cries. It spends a lot of time reflecting.

What do you do when you go out on your first shoot in several weeks and you’re not satisfied with your take? You crop ruthlessly and improvise in post-processing.

(Nikon D500, Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.0; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. A good composition eliminates all the extraneous stuff so one could say a good post-processing can do the same. It looks kind of familiar in a distant sort of way. It could bear some resemblance to this if I had your abstract imagination. You given me the idea to see what I can do out there. Also those rocks, I do sometimes see abstracts and this was a prize winner.

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  2. As a student< I had instructors that said you should never crop photos shot on small format cameras (anything less than 4×5 inch). Prints would be too grainy and unacceptable. A lot has changed since then. Now I view the crop tool much differently. It's one of the first and last tools I use when editing. This is really a nice shot, Michael.


    • That’s the beautiful thing about abstraction. Ultimately it’s the viewer who brings meaning to the table. I would have it no other way. That is a big part of what keeps the image alive.


  3. I just had to close the blinds to really see your photo. With the sunlight shining in, I hardly saw anything…
    So what is it?
    It probably is a rock in the water and its reflection. But if you really ask me, it looks like an eye.
    Anyway, it is a very beautiful photo.

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  4. Beautiful stuff, Michael, and I simply LOVE “It spends a lot of time reflecting”!!! But here’s a thing. You say that you’ve been out on a shoot without any worthwhile results, and hence to cropping etc. But I firmly believe (and am absolutely sure I’m not alone in this view) that its often better (ie more productive) NOT to look at the results of a shoot immediately afterwards, ESPECIALLY if at all tired but, rather, to leave the images alone for a day or two and then to come back to them, refreshed and with fresh eyes – when new things may start to emerge – bit like letting a wine mature I suppose. What do you think? Adrian

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    • Thank you. I fully understand. They sat for a week in the camera, not even downloaded to the computer. I had hopes for several, but they didn’t make it. This had the elements of the rock and reflection, which I liked, but with lots of distractions. Thus major surgery in post.


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