Challenge: Water (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Flatford Mill
Date: Dec 10, 2003
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2003
|This is my attempt to take a perfect dpc photograph ... only joking.
This is SO going to get mangled in the voting. So why submit it?
Because I think it's a good photograph, is why. It's another shot prompted by one of the greats - in this case the marsh-land shots of Emerson and Goodall (working together), especially, in it's post-processing, 'Rowing Home the Schoof-Stuff', taken in 1886. I've had nearly three weeks of being buried in the dark in a theatre, and I really needed to get out into the country: it just happened to be a foggy damp day - perfect for some moody riverside photography, I thought.
Another point here is that this is almost the place from which John Constable painted one of his great paintings - Flatford Mill - though he was actually looking in the other direction.
I'm not comparing myself with those people, but what better place and what better atmosphere to try to achieve?
Technically - it's shot seriously under-exposed: fog is a nightmare for producing burnt-out whites, and they're irrecoverable. Neatimage, colour corrected, and cropped. Lightened about 45 points. Levels to bring the blacks back. Those last two are important: if you just sort out the black/white points with one pass of levels or curves, the sky area becomes very grainy - this approach prevents that. Re-sized. No advantage taken of relaxing of rules, this is a 'dpc legal' photograph.
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