Following on from my recent post about taking our friends Jim and Mary on a trip down the River Dee on my boat ‘Moonshadow’. Jim has sent me a couple of his photographs from the trip taken with his Lumix LX3.
I think he’s done a great job – especially considering he had never been on a yacht before and was just finding his sea-legs. I’ve posted the two original pictures below together with my slightly edited versions and a few tips that should help on future boat trips.
‘Moonshadow’ was creaming along at almost 8 knots when Jim took this picture of the seaward side of Little Ross Island. That is not the ideal time for photographers – the boat was heeling over at an angle of some 20 degrees. But Jim has coped well – and managed to hang on without falling overboard.
In the ever-so-slightly edited image below (N02), I have simply straightened the hotizon a little and used the dodge and burn tools to add a little emphasis to the clouds. The seagulls has added to the fresh feel of this bright image.
I also like the way the white lighthouse stands out so clearly against that dark sky.
This photograph was taken as we returned to Kirkcudbright harbour. The light was fabulous and I could tell that Jim had noticed just how it animated the view as we approached towards the marina and the town. So I slowed the boat right down so that he could take pictures.
I found the composition just a tad uncomfortable because there is too much foreground here that’s not doing a lot. It’s empty. But just look at that sky – it’s full of interest.
So I think Jim should have cut out a lot of the foreground and included more sky. Again, just a little straightening and a touch with the dodge and burn tools has given a professional finish to the image. Se photograph 4 below.
I do notice that the white boats on the left of the image are a little over-exposed and burnt out. I’m not sure which exposure mode Jim was using, but I suspect it was fully auto. If so, I reckon the meter has been fooled by the dark hillsides and clouds into over exposing.
Had Jim opted for Aperture Priority Exposure Mode, he could have used the Exposure Compensation setting to under expose by one or perhaps two thirds of a stop. This would have corrected this problem. He could then a lightened the darker areas with the dodge tool in Photoshop.