Ruth Sprain  

Comments about Hiking Near Sedona by Ruth Sprain

February 2021 - Comments about Hiking Near Sedona

February 2021 - Ruth Sprain


About the Image(s)

Several years ago, my husband and I hiked the West Fork Trail close to Sedona where I took this photo. The trail crosses back and forth over the creek and gives views of the surrounding cliffs.

I took the photo with my Canon 7D at 18mm, f-11, 1/90.

In PhotoShop, I adjusted the highlights and shadows, saturated, used a graduated filter on the sky, dodged and burned, added a vignette, and sharpened. I’d appreciate hearing your comments.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
Hi Ruth. I took this trail once a good many years ago, but in a different season. I love the green and blue palette youc aptured and the reflection is lovely. For me the what makes this image interesting is the way the leading lines converge on the tiny human figure. It shows the viewer the scale of this canyon. Nice work.
If you have not seen the Februry Journal yet, you are the featured volunteer this month. I am sure your PSA friends and colleagues will want to see that. Thanks for all you do for PSA.   Posted: 02/01/2021 09:33:40
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Sharon, thank you for visiting our group and for your kind comments.
Yes, I've seen the February PSA journal and am very appreciative of your fabulous article on my volunteer work for PSA. A number of my friends and family have noticed the article and commented about it. I'm especially pleased that so many of my photos were included.   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:43:05

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Ruth, the area around Sedona is so beautiful and presents with so many photo opportunities. You've captured a beautiful scene. I agree with Sharon that the person in the lower third does add a sense of scale and helps the viewer appreciate the grandeur of this place. You handled the edit on the sky and the reflection very well. At first when I looked at your image, I thought it might have been processed with an HDR filter, but I see from your original, the beautiful bright green leaves were exactly as captured. My only suggestion would be to correct the "horizon" line at the far end of the creek - it is slanting ever so slightly down to the right.   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:09:32
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Hi Michael! Thank you for your comments. I agree that Sedona and the trails in that area are beautiful. You are right about the horizon line. I can fix that.   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:45:37

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Ruth, What a lovely place to take a hike. This leads one right into the canyon and the person there shows the enormity of it. For me, I think the trees are a bit too saturated as I prefer the shade in the original. Very nice photo.   Posted: 02/03/2021 15:27:04
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Mary Ann, thanks for you comments. I waited til the hiker ahead of us walked in the brighter clearing, so she would be visible. I agree that she adds scale in contrast to the towering canyon walls. I appreciate your comment about saturation. I'll relook at that.   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:49:29

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Capturing this image in vertical shot is a great choice! It leads my eyes from the reflection of the water in the foreground and moves up to the trees on top of the cliffs in the background. Having a hiker makes the scene more lively and also gives the sense of scale to the immensity of that place.
I'd prefer to add a warming tone to the top part since it seems a bit over saturated there.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:15:16
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Thanks for your comments, Kieu-Hanh. Your comment about the saturation of the top part made me relook at the graduated filter I used on the sky. That filter probably caused the more vivid blue. I realized that the green of the trees was brighter that usual because it was springtime with new leaves on the trees.   Posted: 02/27/2021 09:32:02

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
What a great place to be in. The quite of the scene is awsum.
The only suggestion I can offer is the rock as been over darken -a gray color. It is bright sunny day and the rock should reflect some of the light.
  Posted: 02/20/2021 16:38:11
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Thanks for your comments, Randolph. You're right that I shouldn't overdo the darkening of the rock. I just didn't want that big rock in the lower right to detract from the person by the creek.   Posted: 02/27/2021 09:34:20

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
What a great perspective, and I agree the vertical works really well for this scene. Maybe just a little more light and detail on the big rock. It's amazing how small those people look in that scene. Very cool   Posted: 02/28/2021 18:58:20