Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Scott Fountain again, Belle Isle



I lOVE this fountain; hope you're not bored with it. Which do you like better, the color or the duotone? Both by me--I am practicing what I learned in that photoshop seminar I took--I need to practice or I won't remember anything. It's OK if you like the original better--I just need to practice. Click images to view larger.
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12 comments:

Strangetastes said...

Mary - you are learning your lessons well. I think the first version is by far the better. You have beautiful early/late sunlight, the best time of day to shoot outdoors. It creates a wonderful warm tone offset by a perfect sky. To my eye, the second picture looks a bit garish and loses all the benefit of the lighting conditions.

One little point: all the photography teachers I've studied with keep nagging that the photographer is responsible for everything in the frame. The most obvious example is light poles growing out of people's heads. This pic would have been a bit better if the top of the fountain wasn't clipped off. I try to remember to run my eye around the edges of the frame in the viewfinder before I snap.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

You're absolutely right, Strange tastes, it would be better if the top weren't clipped off. However, the fountain is another 6-10 feet taller with the water plume and I had showed several of those earlier (click fountain tag to see some of them) and in this shot, I wanted to show the turtles and so on.

I like the first one better, too, with its subtle hues, but wanted to share what I am learning. Although it may not be appropriate in this shot, the skills may be useful at another time and I won't remember them if I don't practice.

Kelli K said...

Loved the first one. I'm no professional, so i can't comment onthe techniques, but I really enjoy your blog.
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Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I like better the first photo.

joy said...

Yes, Photoshop is something that one needs to practice using. I'm the same. I just play with it.

I like the first photo better. There's depth to it. I also enjoyed the colours.

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NorthBayPhoto said...

They are both lovely! The water spray in the 2nd photo almost looks like it is on fire and gives a unique quality. I like the first photo best just because of the great blue & white contrast with the clouds & the sky.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much Kelli, Fenix, Joy and NorthBay! I appreciate your feedback! :-D your visit and comments. :-D Mary :-D

Dick said...

I like the original, and the main reason is; I don't like it if the sky is in unnatural colors.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Dick! :-D I appreciate your feedback.

Lynette said...

They're both great, but there's something extra special about the duotone for me.

CrazyCow said...

The colours in the fisrt one do it for me.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much Lynette and Crazy Cow.

Crazy cow, I hope I can find you. Does anyone know where crazy cow is--last time I got a comment from Crazy Cow, couldn't locate to comment back.

I appreciate your comments!