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Critique Style Requested: Initial Reaction
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What impression do you get of the conditions in this scene (season, weather, temperature, etc.)?
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I took this picture on a recent trip to Maine. The weather was unusually warm for early September, and we also had some very hazy days due to wildfire smoke. I thought I could take advantage of the haziness to create a kind of serene, dreamy look in this image with the water and sky seeming to blend together with no clear horizon line.
17-70 mm lens shot at 70 mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/500 second. The main things I tried to do in Lightroom were to brighten the shadows a bit, particularly on the main subject, and to remove a blue cast from the shadows by decreasing the blue color slider a fair amount. I also cropped off some of the edges to remove some distracting elements.
Of course, I would appreciate feedback on any aspect of the photo, but one thing in particular I’ve gone back and forth on is the crop. I tried positioning the main subject closer to the bottom of the frame, which seemed to intuitively make sense to me, but then there was a lot of empty sky in the image and I also lost some of the ripples and reflection in the foreground. With the current crop, I removed some of the sky, but I wonder if there is still too much. Any suggestions would be appreciated.