Some images refuse to cooperate. Some days I can't make decisions. Sometimes the situation results in "analysis paralysis." Such was my experience with this image.
I had hoped to post this yesterday, but I got mired in the many possible treatments -- change the color balance for a warmer sunlight? less contrast to soften the scene? darken it? brighten it? Taking advice I heard from a good friend here, I decided to let it sit overnight, hoping that the "right" treatment would be apparent in the morning.
It wasn't, of course, but one of my mottos has always been, "The secret to being obsessive-compulsive is knowing when to stop." So as noon approaches here, I have decided to stop, to post this version, and to submit my decision to the kind judgment of the TE membership.
How would you have changed this image? I can't wait to hear your thoughts!
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serp2000 (33201) 2013-08-15 9:43
Today here is three women. I can predict next number ;)
Once I met on a lake one girl in a meditation process. It looks darkly and unusually for me, 'cause I don't use this kind of Oriental philosophy.
Noel_Byrne (13416) 2013-08-15 10:24
I don't know what, if any treatment you gave this but I like the result you posted. The light reflecting off the water lights up the people a little from underneath giving a very unusual effect and this combined with the superhero poses of the woman makes a very eye catching shot. Great compliment to your post yesterday.
All the best
sdnpicz (195) 2013-08-15 11:14
Nice capture. I liked your POV. The light falling from front on ladies is i think is very correct angle. Good framing. Liked the reflection from water.
I just played with levels and curve a bit. How about it
Miguel82 (14526) 2013-08-15 13:02
Excellent report Russ,
an original and not easy way to practice yoga!
Good pov and instructive picture presenting that relaxation activity
nikkitta (9003) 2013-08-15 13:21
Te escribo en español, asi lo sigues practicando y yo descanso
Me gusta la lluz, contrastes y reflejos
Me parece que la captura hubiera sido mejor si de alguna manera hubieras conseguido captar los brazos de las tres mujeres, esa es mi idea
emka (64182) 2013-08-15 23:39
Hi Russ, I do not know how were your other experiments with this photo, but I like it as it is. Yoga on the board, I have never seen it and in fact I wouldn't try. If only to stand on it, I would be in water the next minute. These three women are very brave. And the exercises are good for their fitness and silhouettes. I hate exercises and I am too fat, it is the truth. I related yoga rather with contemplation in strange positions, and here it is so dynamic. Excellent capture.
Serghei predicts the next number after 1 and 3. I don't. It could be the next odd number, it means 5, what about n*n-1, then it would be 7...
limielski (2573) 2013-08-16 5:58
The next your shot illustrating yoga training. This shot is better in my opinion.
Maybe the persons should be more sharp and a little vivid colours (?). But this composition is superb like the previous one.
Have a nice weekend,
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-08-16 7:48
If we have them in Las Vegas I think I would join this form of yoga except the water here is always cold. Awesome capture and again I do like the backlighting. Nicely frame. Well done, tfs.
(Those wild burros can be aggressive only if you start giving them treats but gets pushy when the treats are gone and they want more. People are allowed to give them treats.)
worldcitizen (5629) 2013-08-16 11:06
I personally prefer this second yoga photo. I like the poses of the women, and they way they are lines up. You have nice focus on the woman in front, but soft blurring of the ladies behind her. I also like the lighting here. I just have one question...is there an advantage to doing yoga in the middle of a lake?! I guess it would require more balance to do poses on those boards. I guess the scenery is also inspiring. Hmm...maybe I just answered my own question! :-) I've never seen yoga in the water before.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-08-16 15:42
I think it was a wise decision to post this one as it is. The three women are all perfectly exposed, the disturbing background nicely in the dark and the sun on the water not over exposed at all. The colors are very natural too.
As you say, it is so easily that the PP is overdone by being to enthusiastic. Often less is more (not only in PP at photography that is ..)
have a great weekend
delpeoples (48660) 2013-08-18 3:02
hehehe love the comments about your OCD, must be catching here on TE. John Tyro reckons his is so bad, he vaccums up the couch with his a*se when he sits down :)
Anyway, I like the shot a lot. What a strange subject, which is of particular interest to me as I'm yoga-mad (although my particular fetish is Bikram Yoga). The balance these ladies have is incredible, I'd have landed in the drink almost immediately. I like the silvery light on the water and the way you composed the shot.
But I see why you were umming and ahhing about the post processing. The light looks a little flat. I did a WS and tried to play around with the White Balance in Camera RAW. Anyway, let me know what you think. Your photo's a corker, but as you say, there are so many possibilities, it's nice to try a few.
Cheers have a great Sunday
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-08-18 20:51
Doing workouts on water must be real fun.Great shot with good sharpness and clarity.Very well done.TFS.
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-15 9:35