Richard Siersma  


Red and Green by Richard Siersma

February 2021 - Red and Green

About the Image(s)

We had a rare snowfall a few Saturdays ago and I captured the snow as it collected on a Yaupon holly in our backyard. I used my Nikon D500 with a Tamron 18-400 lens. Exposure was f/11 @ 1/250 ISO 6400.


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10 comments posted




David Price   David Price
I nearly submitted a similar image to yours, also taken a few weeks ago but decided on the landscape. I like the red, green and white and the falling snow tells a story. I find the berries at the bottom right a distraction. You could consider cropping from the right but I wouldn't. In the image below I have cropped from the bottom, added a vignette, sharpened a little and flipped the image although I am not sure if I prefer the flip.   Posted: 02/02/2021 10:07:34
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Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks David, I do like your crop but I agree with Nick in that it doesn't benefit from being flipped.   Posted: 02/05/2021 17:23:33



Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I think the snow makes this picture. Where do you live to get this snowfall; I know it isn't Sun City, FL. I agree with David and think it looks better with the bottom cropped. I don't think it needs to be flipped. I would have added a thin white border to make the image stand out against our black background.   Posted: 02/04/2021 14:42:03
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
We live in Sun City Georgetown, Tx. I like your idea of adding a border.   Posted: 02/05/2021 17:27:14



Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Don't see this kind of scene in reality, in the 80s this week in Florida. It's a simple
capture of a lovely scene, your eye caught it beautifully. I agree with the idea of a border. Lovely work Rick.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:35:32



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
For me, the initial image was already beautiful. I like David's crop and also the flip-which makes sense as we see from left to right.   Posted: 02/13/2021 21:34:28



Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Nice composition and use of complimentary colors. I like your use of depth of field to make the foreground pop. The falling snow gives the picture the final touch to make it very interesting. Well done.   Posted: 02/14/2021 15:31:54



Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Rick, your image brings goosebumps to my skin. You did a fantastic job capturing the falling snow and the saturation of the holly berries is wonderful. There is a fairly bright area at the top, behind the holly. It might be possible to darken this slightly since it pulls my eyes (reluctantly) from the beautiful branch.

I glanced at your bio and was surprised at the things we have in common. Like you, I retired from the military and like you, I enjoy woodworking. However, pottery is still in my future. Take care.

  Posted: 02/16/2021 18:07:07
Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
If you are like me you enjoy technology and doing things with your hands.   Posted: 02/24/2021 16:47:16



Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks everyone for your very helpful comments   Posted: 02/24/2021 16:46:12