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Post by minniev »

I may have too much of a fight going on between the shadows and the other geometry of this one. Among other things. Would a crop of that area on the left improve it, or is it past hope? All comments appreciated.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer »

Once again I'm digging this, it's gorgeous. Would love to see a BW version, but as you might know by now I'm pretty bias. ;-)

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Min, I honestly, sincerely think that at times you are too self-critical. 'Course that's coming from a guy who isn't, but jeeeeepers, no, I would not touch a thing on this picture. The sun on the water makes it look glazed. You could walk across it to the light. Stunning. :S
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Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:Once again I'm digging this, it's gorgeous. Would love to see a BW version, but as you might know by now I'm pretty bias. ;-)

Do you know the work of Clyde Butcher?


I'm encouraged that you like these, Ernst. This swamp is small but easily accessed, fun in any season but especially early mornings in decent light. I do some in monochrome (I actually converted the one I posted in this thread http://www.photomentoris.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2374 to see what I could do with it).

I never heard of Butcher but looked him up and Oh My Goodness, what gorgeous landscapes he does in monochrome! I bookmarked for more review later, thanks!
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Charles Haacker wrote:Min, I honestly, sincerely think that at times you are too self-critical. 'Course that's coming from a guy who isn't, but jeeeeepers, no, I would not touch a thing on this picture. The sun on the water makes it look glazed. You could walk across it to the light. Stunning. :S


I do second guess myself, how'd ya figure it out :D ?

That glazed look was what caught my attention. It's from the fluff that falls off the tupelos this time of year, and creates a bunch of reflection floating on the still water. I love what you said about walking across! Thanks so much.
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I like it as is too.
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TomCofer wrote:I like it as is too.


Thank you!
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Post by Ceropegia »

What I especially like about this is the diagonal balance through the image separating the browns and the greens, a great compositional touch. If I did any cropping at all, it would be to take a little off the bottom. Because the immediate foreground turns dark, it distracts and thereby slows my entry into the swamp. Also, probably just me, but I would rather be placed deeper in the swamp at first glance or at least get there sooner by having a shorter path of light leading me in. Also, it would yield, to me at least, a more pleasing aspect ratio.

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Post by LindaShorey »

The angle of the light is fabulous. I love Chuck's mention of walking across the water "to the light" and Martha's "diagonal balance between browns and greens."

Was it really shot just before 6 a.m. or is your camera clock wrong? :)
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Post by St3v3Murray »

I love the juxtaposition of this image with the dark on the left and light on the right, the confused on the left and the path on the right and the calm middle.

This is a conundrum of sorts and I love this for it! Thank you for sharing this one! S-
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