Just returned from a family trip to Acadia NP, staying in Bar Harbor Maine. The last couple of days brought fog and some great opportunities to process some shots to B&W (which I don't do often enough)
So that's where you've been. I thought maybe you were still in Denali shooting Dall rocks.
I like it, and I think that the high distant treeline is a plus, but I think the branches are too close to the boat to provide a framing element - seems more like they're crowding the boat (which is awesome). I'd be tempted to get rid of them altogether, but I'm a minimalist.
Thanks for the feedback. It aligns with my initial impression of the photo as wishing for more room between the boat and branches. I do have some shots with the boat isolated as well, but they weren't quite as 'interesting' to me.
Plenty fine, Paul. Are you reluctant to prune or remove the branches? CS5's Content-Aware Fill does a great job. I hear CS6's Move tool can inch the boat to the left, away from the branches, give a little breathing room, fill in the water where the boat was.
Thanks for the feedback everyone, I do appreciate your thoughts.
I cleaned up the image to simplify it and hopefully bring back some balance without the branches. FWIW, CS6 content aware fill did the best job of replicating the subtle differences in the fog for a quick fix.
Great feedback from everyone. My initial thought before I read any replies was that the shot would be so much better without the branches. Your edit is a winner for sure. Very nice work. I hope you share more from your trip.