Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA  

Red Maple in Montana by Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA

October 2019 - Red Maple in Montana

October 2019 - Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an iPhone shot taken in our backyard 10 days ago. Last weekend we had snow and freezing temperatures so it did not color fully. I used the vignette to clean up the background and minimize other trees nearby. Stroke was added and faded. Do you like the white or black vignette best?

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7 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Administrator Comment - I can't post the 2 photos side by side for you to see the black and the white vignettes simultaneously. So please click once on the smaller image in order to see it as large as the other one.   Posted: 10/04/2019 12:20:39

Ally Green   Ally Green
Yes heard you had a big snowstorm! We are in Colorado and waiting for ours first snowfall! I like how you have captured this tree just as it is turning giving a prelude in what lies ahead for the Fall (snow permitting!). Maple trees are so great to photograph and i love the colour of the leaves in your image. To me i prefer the black vignette as makes it more of a natural feel. It is good as it really draws your eye to the tree. Nice image.   Posted: 10/07/2019 14:04:58

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Did anyone notice the cute orange border she put around her photo? Perfect touch to enhance the idea of "indications of fall"! It's not often we see a tree with about half of its leaves changed to red-orange. Kansas is a month behind Montana or even Colorado, so I am just beginning to notice trees that look like yours did. I prefer the dark vignette. Maybe on a white instead of a black page as we have here, your white vignette would look different. A suggestion for your current photo would be to selectively slightly darken the brightness in the couple inches (on my monitor) below the tree's leaves.   Posted: 10/12/2019 13:34:13

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Black or white, be it vignettes or borders, is always the question. Black always seems to make the colors look brighter. White adds a gentle touch to an image. Which vignette is better may be determined by the final use of the image. I can see the white vignette framed using a white mat with black core. Use the reverse mat for the black vignette. Or either one as greeting card using the vignette to set the tone of the card. Goodness! With all these wonderful tools we have, is any image ever 'done'?   Posted: 10/21/2019 21:23:39
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
You hit the nail on the head! An image is never done, because tomorrow when we look at it again, we often want to change something!   Posted: 10/23/2019 20:58:50

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I felt the black vignette brought the colors out more to my eye. I like how the green background brought out the read/orange tree colors. The orange border wasn't very noticeable for me until Connie pointed it out.   Posted: 10/23/2019 19:04:59

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
I like the contrasting colors of the red and green. It appears to me some of the leaves look over-sharpened. While both vignettes look good, I rather prefer the white one.   Posted: 10/25/2019 12:44:08