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    Where has all the water gone?

    A sign of the times... at the end of the Murray River in Australia are the lower lakes, this image taken near the town of Goolwa.

    The stress of water use from the river has resulted in the low levels.
    Its surprising that the paddle boat can still sail.

    Panasonic LX3 1/1000 sec f5.6 ISO:80



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    Last edited by Tim; 12th August 2009 at 03:52.

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    No one seemed to like the colour version, so I have reprocessed in Silkypix from the RAW file a B/W version.

    Anyone like this version?


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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    I prefer the b/w version.
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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    I prefer the b/w version.
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    Thanks Osman, I think the BW works a bit better.

    I am curious though on the lack of comments, is this a bad image? or too tough a subject? Too depressing perhaps? No one likes it?

    Criticisms welcome..

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Tim I've not been looking in so much the last few days or I would have commented.
    I like both the colour and B&W versions. I do find myself wanting to lift the view to include more sky though, or lower it to include just the pier. I feel like I'm looking and 2/3 of two different shots?

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    While I personally like the B&W version, I would have probably picked a different perspective to emphasize the drought. I think the Murray River and its problems do make an excellent photographic story Tim (a suggestion?).

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Tim I've not been looking in so much the last few days or I would have commented.
    I like both the colour and B&W versions. I do find myself wanting to lift the view to include more sky though, or lower it to include just the pier. I feel like I'm looking and 2/3 of two different shots?
    I like the pier and the weeds. My "frame" would probably be that with maybe a bit of water in the edge.

    But I have a weird eye...

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    I hadn't looked before. To me the color has more impact.

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by nostatic View Post
    I like the pier and the weeds. My "frame" would probably be that with maybe a bit of water in the edge.

    But I have a weird eye...
    That is likely how I would have done it too.

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by nostatic View Post
    I like the pier and the weeds. My "frame" would probably be that with maybe a bit of water in the edge.

    But I have a weird eye...
    thanks for the feedback, everyone. I felt this image wasn't right either, but often the author is not keen to be critical of his own work. I think the sky should be less or nothing too, now that you mention it. The image was to try and say something about the impact of this water situation we have, so the boat forced to the center of the river seemed to say something for me.

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Viewing this image, I am also paying very careful attention to the written words describing the image.

    The title, opens for a story....
    The words support the image...
    The image supports the words..

    This image works better in color, although some from the story could be b&w.
    I think you could satisfy everyone's crop issues by using 16/9 format.
    The LX3 lends itself very well to this format.

    an observation..... shooter

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I hadn't looked before. To me the color has more impact.
    I agree. If water (or lack thereof) is the point, then you should see blue - in that case color along is suggesting content. To me water in a b&w photo is usually about something else.

    And I think a dry dock with weeds says a lot about "where's the water"

    In the end though, it is about what it says to you. It is interesting to see what it says to others though.

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    Re: Where has all the water gone?

    Tim, at first I liked the B&W more, then, in my head I cropped the color version the same way.
    I think the color version has more imapct then.

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