Daylight Was

I have been going through my photos from Bali and picking out a few to share here and thought I would start off with this image taken during low tide behind the hotel we were staying at. It was a welcome calm from the often unbearable heat of the day. I love the way colors came to life, the greens and reds coupled with the blue of reflected sky on the water, it all fell into place so nicely. The only adjustment made to the photo was the tint added to the shadows.

I seem to go through phases where I enjoy adding a bit of fake low contrast to add a soft feel to the otherwise black areas of an image. Using a color that complements the image also adds a nice feel overall. Some people call this a “film look” which is interesting. The only time I see film look like this is when an underexposed negative has a lack of detail in the shadows and during the attempt to salvage the dark image the print or scan is made brighter overall leaving blacks to become grayish. You see this a lot in ‘toy’ photography  because most lomo type cameras have a limited capability to capture correct exposures, especially in dark environments to its a common occurrence. Thats my take on it at least. Digitally it is a simple but effective trick but it’s very easy to overdo and no excuse for a bad exposure within the camera.

The blue figure seen in the background was another photographer out exploring the scene as well but rather than be annoyed that he was in my shot I simply made it work with him in it. As always, thanks for stopping by, hope enjoy the new image!


  1. Gabriela - May 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Did you forgot the download link? XD

  2. john - May 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

    OH THAT? … well, yeah of course.

  3. john - May 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

    All, fixed up, thanks. No idea how I missed that.

  4. Gabriela - May 25, 2012 at 2:56 am

    hahaha. Great picture. Thanks for the link, little details xD

  5. Papilotka - May 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    oh, it’s beautiful. :) it reminds me summer nights by the seaside <3

  6. Mitch - May 27, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Easily one of your best. The lighting and the colors are just mesmerizing.

  7. muaad - May 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

    great as always :)

  8. Jack.Yang - June 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    very nice

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