Peter Elliston  

Man versus Nature by Peter Elliston

January 2021 - Man versus Nature

About the Image(s)

I don’t usually take many landscapes but I was on a ‚Äėlockdown walk’ at a place called Steart Marshes which is in North Somerset,UK. It usually is a place where you can see plenty of birds but they were conspicuous by their absence. However, at the end of the walk I came across this field of teasels which provided an interesting contrast with the man-made pylon dominating the skyline - both reaching for the sky. It struck me as somewhat dramatic and provided a comparison of contrasting but similar designs. The light was also good and the dark clouds threatening rain helped raise the image. It’s just a field and a pylon but I quite like the contrast and the colours.This was taken on my Fuji XT3 at 1/125 F11 ISO 200. A slight vignette has been added using Nik software.

4 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Peter, My bet is Mother Nature wins out. At least that's the usual outcome around these parts. For me there is a lot of dead space in this photo. Could you have said the same with a tighter crop, almost square? Also, the foreground appears out of focus on my screen.   Posted: 01/10/2021 12:47:35

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I like the sense of depth, but agree with Joe that the foreground focus is soft. I think that to "sell" your man vs nature theme, the pylon and wires need to stand out more. I'd also consider cropping from the bottom to remove most of the brown patch to bring more attention to the tops of the stalks.   Posted: 01/12/2021 08:08:56

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
I agree on the cropping suggestions from the left and bottom. The main elements of the of the grass, tower and sky should be emphasized. Also, the sky drama could be increased in Lightroom using the Dehaze slider and possibly the HSL panel.   Posted: 01/15/2021 09:35:29

John Hackett   John Hackett
I like the contrast between man and nature. Yes if the wires were a bit more obvious it would help.Maybe the softness of the foreground is due to slight movement of the grasses due to a breeze. I like the composition as it is but then I like to give my subjects a bit of space as well as liking clouds.
Your slight vignette is just right ie it is not obvious until you mention it.   Posted: 01/15/2021 09:41:36


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