Tracy Szela  

Frozen by Tracy Szela

February 2021 - Frozen

About the Image(s)

I had been inspired by another photographer's close ups of frozen water, so while walking in the woods saw this puddle that had frozen and left interesting marks over the oak leaves below. Taken on my Canon 70D, with Tamron 16-300mm. In Lightroom I converted to monochrome.

9 comments posted

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
I think it is a good idea to have this picture in B&W. This as the advantage of avoiding eyes distraction due to a particular color that could exists anywhere in the picture (not sure I am right, but I say it anyway).
The ice shows irregular and curbed contours that give a 3D dimension to the photo which is interesting. The top part of the picture may be of little interest and I would have darkened this top area and let the ice curves speak for themselves (see the photo I modified through Lightroom).
These curves are converging to a spiral which is in the first left third of the picture and this give even more power to the photo.
  Posted: 02/03/2021 22:01:57
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Dick States   Dick States
Hi Tracy,
I like the curved lines and the textures in this image. Makes a nice study. I kind of agree with Georges the top dark area may not be needed but I find the Oak leaves gives a hint as to what's under the ice. Perhaps the leaves anchors the image. I did crop of the top area, then flipped the image which I also like. I am interested in what the other members think? Nice image Tracy   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:59:08
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I like it!   Posted: 02/15/2021 16:29:34

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Tracy,
A lot of interesting textures to look at. I do like the flip that Dick suggested as the heavy part of the image now is at the bottom. I even flipped Dick's horizontally although I not sure it added anything.
Fun to look at.
Janet   Posted: 02/04/2021 16:53:12
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Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
This turned out to be a very interesting abstract and I definitely agree that the monochrome would probably be my choice as well, but I'd actually love to see the original image as well.   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:19:00
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Hi- Here is the original color image for comparison.   Posted: 02/13/2021 17:16:14
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Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Tracy,
Thank you for posting this interesting abstract. The curvaceous contours capture my attention and the suggestion of a 3-D effect fascinates me. You have a great eye to spot this and I'm motivated to seek out some frozen puddles.

With regard to ideas about composition, I found Georges' suggestion about the dark portion to be helpful and I like Dick's idea to crop and flip the image keeping the context of the oak leaves which anchor the image for me. Also, Janet's horizontal flip appeals to me because it seems to convey a dynamic sense that guides my eye across the image from lower left to upper right.   Posted: 02/10/2021 15:49:42

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions!   Posted: 02/13/2021 17:17:48

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I think it's lovely and congratulate you for having the eye to see it and take it. Interesting. Good composition. Moves the eye around. I do like Dick's crop and flip, though.   Posted: 02/15/2021 16:31:29


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