Fish Ladder

I have said before that I am definitely an amateur when it comes to photo editing, but I do try and fix the basics before I post a photo to my blog.  I always check the levels, eliminate colour cast, remove shadows and highlights, and last but not least I sharpen.

Have you ever been in the situation though where you do all the basic editing of a photo and then you look at it and realize that there is something not quite right.  Sometimes something is lost when you mess with the original.  That’s what I think anyway.  Such was the case with this photo.  It was taken at Sauble Falls, near Sauble Beach, Ontario where the salmon climb the fish ladder to spawn.  I got down level with the water and zoomed in and was very happy with the result.

During my exploring of WordPress sites, I have admired many photos of water with various effects achieved either in camera or post processing.  You know the ones – where the flowing water has that dreamlike, sort of blurred quality.  They definitely look amazing, but when I tried some editing techniques on this photo, I realized that it just didn’t move me the same way as the original did.  The first thing I did was get rid of the shadows, but the shadows actually give the photo more atmosphere I think.  I sharpened, but then it looked too harsh.  So, I cancelled the changes and am sharing the original with you.  I’d love to hear what all of you think – do you ever make changes and then revert to the original?


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16 Responses to Fish Ladder

  1. xandreverkes says:

    This looks like a very interesting landscape Cindy!!!! I like this shot a lot!!! I don’t know what would enhance this photo……. its got everything it needs!!! Have you tried it in b&w??? I think that would make for a stunning abstract!!! 🙂 **

  2. shelleydlm says:

    Heres what ive learned, the picture is always going to only reflect what you see. This picture is great, i do know what you mean about other dreamlike pictures. I think you just need alot of patience with the clarity bar and move it slightly, i always have that issue i want to create something with the tiniest bit of blur but it loses the quality in what i saw when i took it.

  3. Hi Loonybin! I would definitly not remove or reduce the shadows in this photo. Myselv I reduce the shadows if it is too much,and to black and dark. As is sometimes necessary when there is a lot of woods in a photo. And I agree with you: it is not always editing make a better picture (but the proffs certainly use a lot of tricks).

  4. I know what you mean. I do that a lot with photos from the beach (reverting back and forth x_X). I know if I enhance the contrast, sometimes the water will come out too bright, and if I change the photo to darker shed, the color might look different. I agree with xandreverks, may be you can play around and try to make the photo black and white or brown, you never know ~

    • It’s nice to know I’m not the only one :). I think my problem is that I am just to damn picky, but practice makes perfect right? I am definitely learning as I go, and the comments from all my fellow bloggers really help! Thanks.

  5. I like the original, no need for editing in my opinion. Great picture!

  6. David Hall says:

    Sometimes the original shot is the one to go with, though I find that I always need to adjust the shadows and Hi-lights as I always shoot in Raw. The only way that you will get that dreamy like effect on the water is to use a longer exposure, which will blur the flowing water whilst the stationary objects stay sharp.(use a tripod of course). It is, however, an effect that I am not too keen on. You have a nice photo here though if I may, try cropping from the top, down to the first flat level of water, see if you like it better. Then, as xandreverkes writes, try B+W.

  7. TBM says:

    I don’t see a reason to edit this one.

  8. krikitarts says:

    Hi, Cindy, I’m in agreement with most of the previous commenters (commentors?) that this one doesn’t really need any deepening of shadows or brightening of highlights, and it’s sharp enough for most normal posting purposes. Since you asked for comments, I’d go one step further than David (with whom I also agree) and would suggest you try cropping not only the top down to just below the first froth, but also at the bottom up to just above the white frothy water as well. BTW, this is my first visit, and I like the photo! Oh, and I couldn’t find your revelations about the last two mystery photos…

    • Welcome Gary, and I hope you continue to visit. I briefly looked at your blog today too and liked what I saw, but I am supposed to be working (shhh), so I will check it out more thoroughly tonight. In answer to your mystery photo questions, mystery photo #7 was the shadow thrown on a wall from a set of window blinds, but I turned it sideways to make it a little more confusing. Mystery photo #8 was a close up of a pink rose which I converted to black and white, again to try and make it a little harder. The guesses were quite interesting as a result. Regarding this photo, thank you so much for your suggestions. I actually played around last night with cropping the image and obtained some really nice results. I will keep experimenting!!

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