From the Boat Dock
This summer we've been having rain threats almost every day, even if Mother Nature doesn't follow through. This makes for some dramatic skies, as I've tried to capture here.
This was my first serious foray into luminosity masks in PS, followed by a bit of color adjustment in LR. Please let me know how I can improve this image - all comments welcome.
Hi Lloyd, a beautiful vista and I can see why you were moved to make an image.
Compositionally, the boat is too close to the edge of the frame - my eye wants to travel right and see what's beyond the boat. The triangle of sky at top right of frame also draws the eye and IMO should be eliminated. A content-aware fill should do the trick. I love the moody feel of the image. I hope to see more of your images from this place.
Nice moody clouds!
I agree with Raaj. That triangle of sky draws the eye.
Also, about the boat, the general idea I use with birds and items that travel, leave room for them to travel through the frame. If the boat were facing the other direction, our eyes would then be drawn into the frame because the boat is traveling into the frame.
Agreed on the top right triangle - although that was the reality of the sky, I was bothered as well and looked for ways to crop it out. But, cropping took too much of the edges of the dark clouds out of the picture.
So, I've made 2 attempts at content aware fill. First attempt introduced too many artifacts, which may have been because the luminosity masks were done first. So tried again before applying the masks. By itself, it was not satisfactory, so I attempted a bit of healing/cloning in that corner after the content aware fill. I'm not really knocked out with the result, but that corner is no longer overly dominant.
As for the boat, I am aware of the composition rule/guideline on orientation, but was not overly concerned knowing that 1) there were other elements pulling the eye rightward: the dark mass of clouds and the shoreline (with the exception of the opening of a stream to the left of the boat), 2) the boat adds foreground interest, and 3) it is a small element in the scheme of things that also serves to halt the eye as it moves to the right.
I'd add that there is indeed much to see off the right edge of the frame and I'm glad the image aroused your curiosity - come on down for a visit when pandemic eases and weather cools off.