Mystic Boat

by Lee Santiva January. 27, 2021 240 views
Abandoned rowboat - Mystic edit with Luminar

Abandoned rowboat - Mystic edit with Luminar

Mystic Boat

Elsewhere, the snow fell slowly as fat, fluffy flakes accumulating and covering everything with a soft, beautiful white blanket.

Along the shore of the lake, tiny flakes swirled from dark foreboding skies forming a ghostlike creature for a fleeting second before dissipating into the bitter cold air as white rain.

A phantom was forming as the abandoned boat slowly sank deeper below the eerily calm surface of the dark lake.

Backstory:

I went out to capture "my" abandoned boats as the snow was falling heavily at my house, only to be disappointed upon arrival, once again. There was no snow at the lake and the conditions were terrible: no light, no colors.

However, my subject - the rowboat - had become fabulously dramatic in its near death so I captured it as best I could.

How I miss the darkroom and analog film! I wanted to dodge and bring out the whites in the bottle and the chipped paint on the bow I wanted to burn the lake at the top of the photo to make it darker. But I couldn't get it done in Photoshop Elements. I struggled for hours (because I'm not good at that software) getting very frustrated.

Then I remembered I had a free trial of Luminar. With just a few clicks I was able to transform a poor quality photo into something interesting using their preset "noir" , the vignette function as well as some clean-up tools like cloning.

Here's the original. What do you think?

Abandoned rowboat - original no editing

Abandoned rowboat - original no editing

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Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful Image! I absolutely love Luminar, but unfortunately the program kept crashing. Getting more RAM so I can use it again, but found it very friendly to use for an amateur photographer. 

 I prefer #2 

#1 pulled my eyes right to the boat and gave me the feeling of abandoning ship and a nautical feel to it.

I have heard a lot of opinions about vignette, some say not a lot, some say go for it, I say what do you like?

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for explaining what you liked in each photo, it is so helpful to me.
As I tried to explain in the blog, I was trying to dodge/burn and the vignette seemed to do that but perhaps there are other tools in the Luminar package which wouldn‘t alter the composition so much.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Chuck Staruch Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Curious as to what Luminar you are using for your processing?

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Chuck Staruch 2 months, 1 week ago

Luminar 3 Version 3.2.0.5246 I just downloaded the "free trial" at the end of December 2020 - just about a month ago and have just started to use it

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Chuck Staruch Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months, 1 week ago

I had to uninstall my L4 due to issues, going to try downloading it again. Luminar philosophy for photography processing is one I tend to like. To make the processing easy to use and get professional looking photos without spending a lot of time doing it!
I am in the Skylum Facebook group, and I see a lot of positive comments about L3.

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Nancy Andrea D 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Just like everyone, I love the original! The limited colors enabled me to see the empty bottom of the boat and even the bottle has a nice touch! Great photo!!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Nancy Andrea D 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your detailed feedback about which you prefer the original. It is so helpful as I am just starting to work with editing programs and maybe I don‘t need them as much as I thought? 😀

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
John Durham 2 months, 2 weeks ago

A great image and I agree with Peter and Benny about the original.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to John Durham 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to comment, John, I really appreciate it. There‘s a word in German „schlimmbessern“ which means ruining something in the attempt to fix or improve it. I really learned a lot from the feedback.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Like Peter, I also prefer the original. The vignette is a bit too strong in the edited image and it covers part of the back of the boat and causes some loss of detail of the pile of dead leaves mixed with some snow. Just my two cents. 🙂

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Benny, that is really helpful feedback! I’m still learning and appreciate the very specific feedback. Thanks a lot!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

For me the original.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

That‘s interesting Peter that you prefer the original. Is it because the edits weren’t done well or because the original was overly manipulated? Or some other reason?
Thanks as always for your feedback, I appreciate it!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The vignetting is to strong for me, try to open it more and let it fade more. That it looks like the natural vignetting of a lens. Go for the softer approach

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the specific tips for improvement Peter its really helpful. I will apply your & Benny’s advice and repost. Thanks!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
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