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Juniper Abstract by Mike Patterson

November 2020 - Juniper Abstract

November 2020 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

In mid-October, we travelled to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. While taking a trail to the edge of the canyon, I spotted this old juniper tree and was attracted by the abstract design of the gray limb against a brilliant blue sky. Shot with a Canon 7D at f8, 1/1600 and ISO200. Made minor adjustments in Lightroom.

5 comments posted

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Lots to like about this image, Mike. Not a straight line in sight -- all those nice crooked, meandering branches are quite effective. I like the intense blue coupled with the grays. The busy middle right of the picture is counterbalanced by the smaller, less busy, area extending out toward the left. The top branch is cut off. I could see someone observing that there needs to be a bird or something sitting somewhere on one of the branches, but that is not what you intended. Good spot! It will be interesting to see if some of the other members notice all sorts of shapes in the image -- e g, fingers reaching out, birds in flight, etc.   Posted: 11/03/2020 08:49:02

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
This is a very interesting image because one does look for patterns and shapes that the branches should form. I, too, would have preferred if that top branch was fully in the image. Great contrast with the blue sky and the branch itself is very sharp. I am a big fan of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison - - we live in Colorado and have been there several times. A beautiful place.   Posted: 11/09/2020 10:37:22

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Very stark and crisp. I like this one a lot. I agree with Al and Jerry about the top branch. I took a little of the top part off.   Posted: 11/09/2020 11:50:39
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes there are lots of "creatures" in that branch. Nice simple colors. Very sharp. This might work well as a vertical too. In the vertical position I can see at least one dancer. Good work!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:47:39

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes, very interesting branch. It appears to look like the rack of a buck. I did a bit of flipping and flopping and here is one I came up with.   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:06:43
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