Abandoned Boats - Winter Edition

by Lee Santiva February. 10, 2021 185 views
Submerged wooden skiff  in winter - edits with Luminar

Submerged wooden skiff in winter - edits with Luminar

This blog explores the abandoned wooden skiff to express a somber mood, not just of a winter season, but of this very special corona-lockdown winter season.

The subdued colors with limited color range (almost monochrome with milky waters) as well as lack of clarity are the metaphors for my life and probably for many other people right now. I feel like I'm surrounded by murky nothingness, stuck on shore without any perspective of when I'll be able to move freely on open waters. Taking on more and more water (gaining weight ...) due to inertia.

So yes indeed, photos #1 and #2 are highly edited but it's intentional. I'd appreciate it if you could let me know if the edits were effective to achieve my intention or what the photos might "say" to you. I'm grateful for the valuable feedback I got for Mystic Boat and I've been practicing.

In this series (except for the final photo) it is the same rowboat taken from different angles and edited using different software and/or techniques. In contrast to my Flooding blog, this is not a documentary but an attempt to express a mood.

Submerged wooden skiff in winter - edits with photoshop

Submerged wooden skiff in winter - edits with photoshop

Photos #3 had only basic edits like cropping to 8x10 format and exposure which I performed with Photoshop Elements.

Submerged wooded skiff in winter - basic edits

Submerged wooded skiff in winter - basic edits

Photo #4 is without any edits.

Submerged wooden skiff  in winter - no edits

Submerged wooden skiff in winter - no edits

The final photo #5 is a glimpse into the future of this abandoned boat. This is a different skiff which only became visible recently once the vegetation no longer hid it. This photo was taken one week later.

What a tangled mess of regulations we have to live with in these Corona times!

Abandoned wooden skiff II - winter no edits

Abandoned wooden skiff II - winter no edits

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Paul Moreau 2 months ago

This is lovely Lee. I can rationalise that this is sombre, but it doesn't instil that emotion in me because it's too elegant. If anything, the mood is ambiguous (which is great).

I much prefer number one because the lines of the boat take your eye out to the horizon. I would have played with cropping a fair bit at the bottom to create a more minimalist image, but I appreciate this works against the sense of inertia you are striving for.

I really thought this was along exposure when I saw it, the water looks beautiful.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Paul Moreau 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Paul especially for the detailed explanation of why you liked it and your thoughts to composition that is so helpful to me!

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Benny Law 2 months ago

#1 and #2 appeal to me the most. With #1, I would have preferred a bit more of the sky captured, maybe with the camera a bit closer to the ground and pointed up a little more so that the horizon is roughly 1/4 of the image height from the top. I'm no professional, so it's just my personal feeling. 🙂

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Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 2 months ago

Thank you Benny.
Good idea with showing more sky, which I’ll have to try out.
But, it won’t be easy as there is no real shore where that boat is located just a steep decline direct to the water. 
 I was wearing rubber boats to stand in the water to get closer when I took this series, hmm have to think about this…

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Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

1 is definitely the best for me but I see hope in beauty nothing sombre. You have taken something that could be considered a sad sight but transformed it into something beautiful. Mid winter is a bit like the glass half full or empty. It means Spring is not that far off. The shortest day was two and a half months ago so we have more to look forward to than to be sorry about. Above all else we have the combined knowledge of all of our ancestors getting us through this. All of those who went before us discovering more and more about life makes us the luckiest people alive, literally the luckiest people who ever lived.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months ago

Thank you for your thoughtful comment and insights. I’m happy to hear that you saw “hope” and found it beautiful, that inspires me to keep going

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Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Good job of expressing the depression that has been brought on by the seemingly endless ordeal we all must bear...

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Thank you Jay! I’m still working on how to express the repeating sameness like theGroundhog Day movie. Yesterday Germany decided to extend the lockdown to beginning of March. It started in November! 🙁

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

My pleasure, Amiga!
I think you're doing a very nice job accomplishing what you are trying to portray...
I'm looking forward to more freedom for one & all!
smile

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Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

I like the edits here,#1 is very good. It is peacefull, the calm mirrorlike water the soft colors and no distraction in the photo.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

Thanks to your feedback on Mystic I had a better idea what to do this time. Glad you like it!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

My pleasure

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Russell Smith 2 months ago

#1 and #2 I love. The warm tones cold weather play in #2 works for me. I think either one of those would look good printed and hung on the wall.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 2 months ago

Thanks Russell, actually I was thinking the same thing about wall art. Perhaps I had some subliminal inspiration by seeing something similar in a hotel somewhere…

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John Durham 2 months ago

#1 is outstanding - says to me what could have been; though not all is lost because, as someone who always has hope (and used to work on and repair boats in my youth) I can see a way forward from that photo. Great concept.

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Lee Santiva Replied to John Durham 2 months ago

Thank you John for your insightful comment. 
Most important for me was to learn that it was hopeful for you. During my editing process I was concerned that the images might be too “depressing”.
It’s also really interesting that you used to restore boats, thanks for sharing!

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