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Cambridge Morning

While autumn can often be rainy and overcast here in England, it can also be brilliant like it was recently on a morning while I was walking in Cambridge:

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That original file was taken with my point and shoot. My first edit is below:

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The image has been cropped a bit and I’ve used a foliage enhancer slider to give the colors a bit of a boost.  I liked but didn’t love the result. One of the problems is that part of the sky has been blown out completely. There is no information there, so “fixing” it becomes a bit tricky. The two options that came to mind were sky replacement or a more radical crop.  I went with the latter:

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I went that direction for compositional reasons. The photo is now much more about the boats, which looked beautiful in the morning light. I also really liked the various reflections in the water and this crop accentuates them. From there I boosted the various golden tones in the image, giving it a bit of a jeweled looked.

While it took a few edits and some time and thought to get to the final edit, I was happy with the edit. What do you think of the final version? Do you like the final composition or do you prefer the original? The crop really does change the image quite a bit. Feel free to leave a comment below.


Picfair version here.

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Reflection, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Places People Visit and Lens Artists Photo Challenge, Changeable.



36 thoughts on “Cambridge Morning

  1. An interesting interpretation on the changes challenge, it’s good to see the many ways people have responded to this one. I had never even thought about the changes we make when editing a photo. I like the final result though I might go even further and crop the left-hand side (as I view it) to make it more square and focus even more on the boats. It is a lovely view, looks very peaceful.


    • Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. It is interesting that you mention square because when I created a potential Instagram version of this, it does in fact focus even more on the boats. For this version, I struggled with cropping more because I wanted to keep the footpath and the fall color in the trees.

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  2. I love the result, Amy. The image is showing about the boats, but leading you eye to the reflections, bridge and trees. Beautiful golden tone is just perfect. Perfect!
    Thank you so much for sharing, Amy. 🙂


  3. I like the cropped version best. I think that when there isn’t strong sky interest it is often better to leave it out of the scene. The crop also got rid of the object in the right corner and helps the viewer to focus on the boats as a main subject.


  4. Just about everybody likes the tight crop.  So do I.  The sky looks good when reflected in the water.  Before the crop, I felt that the bright green grass and the footpath were competing with the boats and water for attention; now they are clearly in a supporting role.


  5. Nice post on editing your photo. The outcome is beautiful and nicely done. Sometimes I find myself with a lens that doesn’t reach as far so to make do I will crop. Sometimes when I see the final result after taking a picture, I see a better comp with a crop.


  6. ostendnomadography says:

    Nice picture, good composition and lovely autumn colors. Well Done. It’s an interesting picture to ‘analyze’. I am shooting mostly with my my 16-80mm (or 10-20), wide angle. The first thing what came into my mind (regarding to my more wide angle)= why not a few steps to the right and you create a kind of panorama effect and still everything, composition is ok (maybe too much water on foreground? Why not to frame more the trees with autumn colors ). I love to watch pictures like this, its good that we think about our shots and read opinion from others. Best Regards Stef


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