Kunghit Dawn


The other day I posted black and white pictures of the dawn light in Gwaii Haanas. The black and white version of this image was the one I led with, and when I posted it I really did like the black and white better than the colour. However, as I have prepared images for Kilgii Gwaay archaeological project posts, I keep on passing this colour version in my folder and it always jumps out at my eye, demanding to be posted as well. So, here it is. I am coming to think that the colour is better than the monochrome.

The picture is taken from Ellen Island looking south towards the north shore of Kunghit Island just west of Rose Harbour. And since I am writing this Friday evening, again, (anyone else notice that Friday evenings seem to come by in a very regular pattern?) and I am feeling tired and lazy, you only get to look at this one image today. I think it stands all on its own very well, but that could be Friday night speaking. If one image is just not enough to satisfy you on a Saturday morning, then click here for a random burnt embers post.


EDIT: As you an see in the comment below, Ken (Oneowner) suggests a crop to improve the image. Here is my interpretation of that suggestion (though choosing a good line for the crop was tricky and I am not sure I found the best one).


This link catalogues my posts about volunteering on the Kilgii Gwaay archaeological site project.

I was accompanied on this trip by one of the Quimper Hittys, Tansy who has blogged about the trip from a doll’s view and you can find those posts here.

Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N (pre-ai) 24mm/f2.8 lens, ISO800, 1/8000th (it was still dark on the beach where I was taking photos and I forgot to change the ISO as I was in the middle of other things).

17 thoughts on “Kunghit Dawn

  1. I’m going to throw a spanner in the works here – love the B & W but I think that’s partly because I prefer the crop (or lack of) – be very interested to see the overall range of colours coming through on a non-cropped version of the colour photo. But hey, what do I know…


    • Hi David. Thanks for your comment, it is interesting to have these differences of opinion, it makes me think and look harder at the images, and to learn.
      The same crop, or non-crop (I don’t recall if I trimmed both of those a little bit but I think not) as in the black and white version is present in colour in the top image of this post.


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  3. Now you have set off a conversation and I am going to make up my mind one way or another. The black and white evokes a mood that is lacking in the colored version. Also the trees’ reflection in the water and the water itself works better in black and white. However the colored image has its own value. It is both a realistic record and a beautiful photograph. In my opinionated mode I vote for the b/w looking at it as an art photo.


    • Thanks Joseph. I was trying for an art photo (what a grand term for my aspirations) rather than an accurate record. I am glad to have your opinion on this one. Looks like there is a bit of a toss up in the opinions here, which maybe is a good thing. Certainly my own have changed in the past week.


  4. I opened up two windows to display the color and B&W version of this photo and, after repeatedly going back and forth, decided i prefer the B&W version better. The reason is that in the color version, the foreground seems a bit distracting because of the color and tonality. If you will excuse a suggestion from an old man, I would crop out the lower portion of the photo (just a bit) south of the reflections of the trees in the water. The reflections and the trees are fighting for attention with the reddish tones in the foreground and to me this is the most beautiful part of the photo. I took a course (long ago) and the instructor did not believe in cropping and that we should compose the final composition in camera. What nonsense, But back to this photo, I believe the color version can surpass the B&W version with a minor crop and would be more visually exciting. I’m hoping you don’t mind this type of comment and hope you’ll take it in the spirit in which it was given. I would hate to make myself a nuisance.


    • Hi Ken. Not only do I excuse a suggestion, I welcome it, even from an old man. So, thank you!
      I have added an image cropped more or less as you describe – I am not adverse to cropping. I agree with you about the crop. The seaweed and its nice colours in the foreground are too much, and indeed not the subject of this photo. I have some photos from this time of day that are about the seaweed and its lovely colour and I will do a post of them soon, perhaps tomorrow. Thanks again for the helping hand. I am still quite new to this kind of photography, and lacking in training, so its nice to a critique one in a while.


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