What's the 1 thing that's missing in this Paddock Bay photo?

Review by Samuel Ogunlaja, photo by Jacqui Scott


"Paddock Bay" by Jacqui Scott. "Arrived early at Paddock Bay, with gum boots on I walked into the lake and waited for the sun to rise above the mountain no clouds or wind but I like the light on the trees. Paddock Bay, Lake Wanaka." Olympus E-M5 Mark II

Initial Thoughts

This is a very attractive piece of art! One thing that’s very glaring (in a good way!) is the crisp outlook. The elements in the picture are easily differentiated (in terms of sharpness, colour, exposure) while still being complementary.


The photo is artistically sound; how the water body was perfectly able to reflect the details of the elements above it is tremendous; creating an awesome balance. Also, the rhythms formed by the mountains; the flow of lines which shows the similar shapes and the even spaces add to the aesthetics of the picture.

The rhythm and line flow of the mountain

Even more beautiful is the absence of distractions from the photo. Everything in the frame falls under the element of nature, complementing one another but each with their own part in the general view and presentation of the picture.


Colour Grading


The colour grading is perfect. Most often than not, the cool times of day during perfect weather conditions reflect a bluish or cyan tone and the photographer is mindful of this by showing exactly how the scene would look at that period of time. If the picture had of been graded with a warmer colour, it would have looked a bit distracting. So the use of the cyan colour grade to intensify the cool weather makes it much more alluring.