Monday, August 14, 2006

Flora Lake

After hiking for seven hours on Tuesday, we arrived at Flora Lake. It is a small, but beautiful lake tucked between two mountains. I will be showing several photos of the lake to give you an idea of our incredible surroundings. I'm even going to include some photos of people, something I rarely do here.

One thing that really bugs me about some photos I see on the net is oversharpening. I presume it's simply a matter of preference, but I think oversharpening can really wreck a photo. It seems to occur regularly on photos similar to this one, where there is a significant amount of green bushes.

I suspect that when they come out of the box, many cameras are set to maximum sharpening by default. If you find that your bushes are looking particularly abrasive, check you camera settings. Sharpening is a tricky thing with photos like this. It's difficult to strike a balance. I still don't know if this image has been sharpened sufficiently or if I over did it. What do you think?

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 14mm, f/4.0, 1/80 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous Pete said...

Overall it is fine, but the bushes to the right hand side foreground look a little prickly. I know what you mean about oversharpening, but its hard to maintain the texture in a shot like this.

10:58 AM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

I am really looking forward with such eagerness for your people shots, no worries/now pressure, but be warned, no duffness allowed as the Evil Subster will be watching.

He he he he he (extremely evil laugh)


12:58 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

I love the reflections in this image.

Not being a digital shooter, I don't know anything about sharpening, so I can't comment on that. I would need to see examples.

3:02 AM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is a really nice shot. This is what I love about Vancouver: you don't have to too far to get away from the city. I love the reflections, and the little patch of red in the left-hand side of the frame. Great shot!

6:44 AM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

All I see is green stuff, and water. Not the best from you.

9:07 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous BS said...

I like the shot, I'm not sure that it is your best, but I do like it. The reflections on the water are impressive but a little overdone I think. I don't know jack, but I find them distracting. And I agree with Pete, the foreground bushes are a little "prickly".

10:33 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Very odd things were happening...blogger was only loading cached pages for me..but all is fixed now and I have some catching up to do!

I know what you mean about oversharpenning, but these kinds of shots always seem to lack something. They tend to be too flat. I have so many like this and they always disappoint me when I look at them. I don't think there is enough range of color to make them interesting.

Unless the lighting is amazing, or there is some atmospheric element like fog or mist, or it is fall these images always seem to fall short and end up just being nice and not particularly interesting.

7:24 AM, August 16, 2006  
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