Another photograph from my first ever meeting with TE friends - in Cumbria in June, 2011. It was a wonderfully friendly meeting and just the first of several equally enjoyable meetings I have attended since.
This particularly wet and foggy morning three of us were out of bed and up and about early so Malgo, Ann and myself before breakfast took an early morning walk of less than a mile from our hotel in Keswick down to the north end of Derwentwater. A fairly miserable morning it was but I liked how the hills were still shrouded in mist though the sun was making a valiant effort to shine through it.
You can see a larger version of this picture on "beta" TE here.
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timecapturer (45163) 2014-04-07 2:56
misty, moody and magical. Boat shots are always going to stir my interest and these 3 look so perfectly placed. This shot is a lesson in composition but also on how to manage the light and DOF. Immaculate sharpness and beautifully presented. Like this shot a lot!
Enjoy a good week - B.
arnie (1715) 2014-04-07 3:27
A very sharp capture, given the conditions, great detail and depth in the shot.
Going to Kendal on Friday for the weekend hope the weather is ok.
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-04-07 3:37
I will be going to Keswick for just one night, this week, for a party meal. Let's hope there is an opportunity to grab some shots like this!
The three boats in the f/g are beautifully detailed to grab immediate attention; in fact, they couldn't be better placed, to interest and guide! Their sharpness makes a good contrast with the gathering mist over the hilltops.
Have a great week,
I love the signs on the side 'to carry 3', 'to carry 5'. There doesn't seem to be much difference in size!
dta (62912) 2014-04-07 5:53
Hello John ,
Another great composition in poor light conditions . I like especially the ligt management to catch suc a luminosity on the picturesque wooden boats . The effect og the low clouds on the moutains in the BG is superb .
photoray (10139) 2014-04-07 6:46
Interesting image combining the two well-worn fishing boats in front of the obvious well cared for classical excursion boat. And actually I would prefer rowing the smaller guys, being trained by my Father to row from an early age.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: My Grand Canyon raft image is a scan from slide film. I had a paid reservation to return to the Canyon last June but a medical condition cancelled it. I hope to return soon.....
And thanks for the info on the explorers repeating Powell's journey. I had seen a portion of their trip on tv, and now will search for the entire documentary.
Romano46 (16578) 2014-04-07 6:47
il colore delle imbarcazioni attrae immediatamente l'attenzione unitamente alla particolare nitidezza di essa.
La loro disposizione aiuta a creare una composizione eccellente in un paesaggio che attrae per il suo particolare aspetto.
Colori e nitidezza di qualità superiore.
Ciao e buona giornata
photographer_sg (2923) 2014-04-07 7:09
lovely framing with the boats in the foreground in excellent colour contrast with the surroundings. Lovely reflections on the rippling water. Superb background provided by the yellow green vegetation and the misty mountains in the distance.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week.
Nicou (116266) 2014-04-07 7:28
sueprbe ensemble d'anciens b'ateaux mervielleux quelle vue ces deux barques de vieux bois avec l'autre plus grand quel rendu dans les tons et cadrage sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
willperrett (5904) 2014-04-07 10:37
Thank you for including only these beautiful traditional wooden boats! Plastic doesn't look half as good (mind you mine's plastic, although an elegant traditional yacht shape). The weather is certainly somewhat gloomy, but you haven't let that stop you taking a fine photograph. You don't need me to tell you that much more atmosphere and mood is to be found away from the midday sun. You may still be an Englishman, but you're not a mad dog!
Noel_Byrne (20720) 2014-04-07 11:51
a wet and squidgy morning, but still one with very beautiful light which has brought out the colors of the boats really nicely. The composition almost makes think this is a mother boat with her two kids, forcing them to go into school for the day. She looks quite stern while they look very much "Oh do we HAVE to??" Haha, that probably sounds a bid mad.
I like that mist too, it makes the far distance look like something from a fairytale
All the best
emka (73183) 2014-04-07 13:00
Hello John, Again the photo from our meeting and one that brings so wonderfully memories. I am amazed how marvelous picture you made in these poor weather conditions. Nice composition of these three boats, magical atmosphere with the mist.
Warm regards from Tbilisi
jjcordier (73228) 2014-04-07 21:17
Ce ciel couvert, donnant une bonne harmonie de couleurs à l'ensemble, est bien adapté à ta composition exploitant bien ces trois bateaux.
macjake (52076) 2014-04-07 23:22
more and more boats, nothing wrong with that.
so you're first real TE meeting was with Malgo, thats nice - she's a lady with alot of spunk :)
Not sure where she gets all her energy from, perhaps she needs to share some of it lol
looks like they've been using wood stain to paint their boats! its a sweet brownish red, really like it.
I used to think cloudless sunny days were the only good days for photography....boy was I wrong. Now i love clouds, love grey skies, and here's a prime example why.
the exposure is spot on, wouldn't change a darn thing.
all areas of the frame are smartly filled out.
saxo042 (36906) 2014-04-08 6:12
A cloudy day, bet the low clouds are well captured here. But this is of course a picture of three very attractive boats, all lined up here in parallel diagonals. The colours of the boats are very good, old wooden boats are indeed much better motives than modern plastic boats. There is a very pleasant colour harmony here with the brown boats against the dark green forest on the other side. A perfectly composed picture!
mjw364 (6998) 2014-04-08 12:32
Wet and misty Dawn? A girl in every lake-land port eh John? :)
Taken with your characteristic skill of ensuring clarity and sharpness throughout in this well exposed image that owes absolutely nothing to the Camera's lens or sensor.. ;)
Loving the sky and I agree the ND grads are sometimes more trouble than they are worth. Lightroom has a nifty tool for adding them with a lot less bother!
An excellently balanced composition John. Well done.
Can I ask you the same question? Is this the kind of shot you enter for CC comps? As you say it so subjective and different with every judge. My more abstract shots don't fit the "camera club mode of thought" and I am not daft enough to think that I can cause a shift in paradigm with my shots. At the same time I refuse to conform to their expectations since I take photos I like for me and no one else and happen to enter them if I feel like it. I don't always enter but thus far I have won three out of four comps but they were not architectural abstracts. What is apparent is the ones that win (mine or other winners), regardless of subject have an extra impact or quality that makes them stand out regardless of subject matter. If I could recreate that indefinable quality in every shot I think I would bottle it and sell it!
Having said all that a camera club is only as good as it's members and to be honest most of the members where I go make me look far better than I am. That's why I entered the shots for a large regional inter-club comp to see how I fare in a larger fish pond.
As for LRPS and ARPS - I think we both have shots in our portfolios that would acquire those distinctions. It depends why you want the quals in the first place I suppose. I was talking to retired solicitor who was an excellent photographer and she said she got an FRPS at the third attempt and after that could not find the motivation to take photos since she felt that she had reached some kind of pinnacle and it was several years before she picked up a camera again. Crazy...
Anyway - see you soon.
delpeoples (52447) 2014-04-09 19:09
You took this in 2011, but I think you've posted it at a perfect time, because your post-processing skills are at the level now where this photo could be transformed into the excellent image it is now. The definition, colour and depth of the image is impressive. I'm viewing this on my PC where colours can be quite exaggerated. They aren't here at all and the image is so well resolved that it seems three-dimensional. Having seen what that diffused light can do to a light meter and the final result, I would say that you have not just rescued this photo, but turned it into a mini-masterpiece. The mist in the BG, again well-defined, is the cherry on the cake. And I like the diagonal theme that the 3 boats and pontoon have created. Top work, thanks for sharing.
annjackman (17755) 2014-04-10 11:29
How did you get that rich colour in the boats on such a gloomy day? My pictures of that morning are all rubbish! I love the way that the cloud is obscuring the top of the mountain. Of course without so much rain Cumbria would not look so unique and beautiful.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
Glint (6163) 2014-04-13 11:20
a nicely balanced composition. I like the colour of the boats as a contrast to bluey grey of the water and sky. The mist on the hills leaves us in no doubt where this was taken.
SnapRJW (29282) 2014-04-14 6:20
Hello John - Good PP work retains the atmosphere of the miserable weather and brings out detail and colour in the wooden boats both attractively and realistically. Nicely done!
romanaa (7934) 2014-04-14 13:12
beautiful reddish tones on the wood of these boats... I guessed you have manipulated them but yet I wonder what is the secret of your layer masks...
Beautiful composition and mood.
Silvio1953 (115857) 2014-04-15 10:25
Ciao John, lovely composition with beautiful boats in FG, nice reflections, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (18588)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-07 2:14