One Photo Focus: February 2016

The original image for this month’s One Photo Focus challenge was provided by Stacy at lensaddiction and is what I’d call a bit of a tester.

Before

OPF Image for Feb JPG Full Size-3398

After

There’s a lot going on in the original image and not all of it sits comfortably together (a sailing ship and modern high-rise buildings, for a start).

Rigging

After a lot of thought, I decided to crop in on the rigging and, in particular, the two human figures, which I placed on a Rule-of-Thirds point.

Having looked at the blown-up image, I felt that there wasn’t enough detail in the figures to command much attention so I went for the opposite extreme and effectively turned them into silhouettes by taking down all the sliders – Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks – to -100.

This also made the background sky more interesting and to compound that effect I used a Graduated Filter at the top to reduce the exposure of this part of the image. This not only darkened the clouds but also reduced the ‘blown-out’ area where the sun sits. I think the final result is quite dramatic.

One Photo Focus February 2016

8 Comments on “One Photo Focus: February 2016

  1. I think so too, Bryan! Seems you weren’t alone in focusing in on that wonderful rigging 🙂 Love the silhouettes – they just pop right out. For some reason – and I don’t quite know why – I find myself thinking of Captain Hook and Peter Pan 😉 Thanks for being part of 1PF!

  2. I have to be honest, I didn’t actually realise there were people in the rigging of this image, I might have known when I took it but now Im surprised, so well done for noticing!

  3. Love how you cropped the photo and how the silhouettes just pop out. 🙂

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