Image Review: Sky and Reflections
this image by another TCP student, Simon Coupe, is the reason it's worth getting out of bed early. What a glorious sunrise now, in his description, Simon told me what appealed to him most was a combination of both sky and the reflection, and I can certainly see why. The trouble is the way the image has been composed places the emphasis very much on the reflection, and de emphasizes the sky, and it's all to do with that horizon line. When the horizon is placed in the upper third of the frame as it is here, it emphasises everything below it, in this case, the reflection. So to better match Simon's vision, I would recompose the image to place the horizon. Slap bang in the middle. Now there is equal weight above and below the line, so neither foreground nor background take visual precedent. The story becomes a Simon intended about the sky and the reflection. On a technical side. I would lift the exposure a little. It feels a touch, dark or underexposed, and a little light will lift the moo...
d. I would also warm it up with a white balance shift towards the higher Calvin values, something around the shade camera preset, and from a creative perspective, to add to the dreaminess of the moment, I might soften everything with a negative clarity adjustment. Now, this might not be to everyone's taste, but I quite like it for this scene. And then, just for good measure, and to draw the eye even deeper into the scene, I'd add a mild vignette again. There are no drastic changes here, just some simple tweaks, most of which could equally have been made in camera at the point of capture and which bring the image to life, and, I think better reflect the story the photographer wanted to tell.