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Morning at the Grotto

I created this image after a recent boat trip to the Blue Grotto in Malta:

ISO 800 14mm f/9.0 1/1250sec


The original image is here:

ISO 800 14mm f/9.0 1/1250sec

For this particular edit, I wanted to draw attention to the row of boats. I cropped the photo using the rule of thirds as a guideline, placing the anchor painted on the first boat on the lower left grid point of the rule of thirds. That also cropped out the people on the bench, which for this edit, was something I wanted to do. When I was working with the color in the image, I boosted the whites to make them separateΒ a bit from the blue tones. I also brought up the exposure just a bit. I didn’t want to totally lose the shadows of the early morning though, the sun is encroaching, but it was still cool in this spot, and I wanted the tones to still keep the feel of that.

What do you think of this edit? Does it seem to reflect the cool calm of morning before the day is fully up and running? Within the half hour, all these little boats would be busy running tourists out to see the beautiful blue waters of the grottos in this area. Β Feel free to leave a comment below.


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30 thoughts on “Morning at the Grotto

  1. Well you did not remove all the people and I like that.
    It becomes a bit of a street shot – well a nautical people shot! But at first it is all about the lines in the rock in the mountains- wonderful in both – but your edits did transform the final vibe! The boats have solidarity lined up and yet the second one stood out – nice to see the rule of thirds applied and able to compare. And so then the people stand out – the guy on the stairs (right) hmm?


    • It’s interesting that you mention him because he stood out in the scene in real life as well. At least to me. He was there for a morning swim/snorkel, his wife was waiting for him to finish, and it seemed like this was a part of their everyday routine. That seemed like a really nice routine.

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