When I started on the image today, I was stumped. I didn’t really know what I was going to go with it. I looked at it, walked away from it, tried some stuff, walked away again. A lot of the stuff that I had been trying recently, well it just didn’t seem to want to work with this image. I had to think on my feet, or rather with my fingers and do some stuff using my instincts. You can decide what you think.
Trying to work out what it is has been hard. All the boats are tied up, the day has started. I tried to make it look like dawn, but there are no lights anywhere, which is strange. If people were here, then lights would be on every where.
I have, of course, cheated. I have highlighted parts and dulled other parts. I have warmed up sections and made other parts cold. I did blur some parts, though I don’t know that you would be able to tell now.
On the left is the original, well the first of the bracketed shots. I think it is sort of boring. There is no real detail in the sky. The colours are very flat. I don’t find the image that appealing. I was attracted to taking it because I did like how the river cruise boats were all just sitting there waiting for the day to start.
I took a series of images, 5, I believe, but for the HDR processing I only used 4. I often don’t use the last shot, it is so blown out and I don’t like how light it makes the image. I find the four images, if you are using the camera settings is enough. I like the results. I think the HDR is more interesting, but still it is a flat image.
I don’t know if what I did to it in the top image is better, or not. I do like it, and I left it on my computer for a while so I could, just look at it. I wanted to see if it did what I wanted. Are there people there? Do you get a sense of isolation? I don’t know, you decide.