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    My Family and I went on a day trip to Port Townsend a while ago, and I noticed this anchor at a park. I would love to know what angle you like the best, and any ideas for editing as well.
    Camera: Canon T6
    Shutter Speed: 1/640 (shot #4 1/1000)
    Iso: 400
    F-11 (shot #4 f-3.5)

    John Machen

    Hey @lukevrable,
    I definitely like the second shot(anchor-3.jpg) most. It seems more artistically composed. At 18mm, I do see a slight visual distortion “Fisheye effect” that you can fix in Lightroom under Lens Corrections. I also straightened the horizon a little.


    @john M, thank you for the input. I see what you mean about the distortion, and will try to fix that in post. do you have any other suggestions for editing? I would really like to try something that makes the anchor stand out a little more, without diminishing the background.

    John Machen

    Yeah, you’re welcome! Do you have Lightroom or what editing software do you use? To get the anchor to stand out more I would try propping the anchor up on a rock or something, if that was possible.
    I occasionally use the Adjustment Brush in LR to bring out a foreground or object, just be careful of haloing around it. You might try that.


    I currently use paintshop pro for my editing. I am not sure if it has an adjustment brush feature on it, but I think it does. Its been a while since I’ve done any local editing. As far as propping the anchor on a rock, it was solid metal, and weighed well over 600lbs (just a little out of my deadlift range). 🙂 Thanks again for the input. I will try adjusting the anchor in post and see how it turns out.

    Lydia Bennett

    @lukevrable, I personally like the third picture the best. The first photo seems to have too many horizontal elements, and doesn’t seem to pull me in. The second one likewise doesn’t pull me in so much and somehow the scene almost feels distorted. The fourth is better but there’s just not as much interest in the scene for me. However….. here’s why I like the third one. 🙂

    – The proportions seems more realistic.
    – There’s a better sense of depth, and you have different things going different directions in foreground, middleground and background so there’s somewhere for the eye to go. The angle of the anchor is opposite the angle of the dock, and then the horizontal aspect of the rock and the horizon provide stability in the back of the foreground and in the background.

    As @hayhand02 mentioned, keep an eye on those horizons and be sure they are nice and straight!

    James Staddon

    In case you want to re-watch it, my critique of your photo @lukevrable, begins at marker 1:27:59!

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