Jessica Manelis  

In the Meadow by Jessica Manelis

February 2021 - In the Meadow

About the Image(s)

I like to go to Longwood Gardens all year round. I was there last month and found myself a little disappointed that they still had everything inside decorated for Christmas. I had my fill of the poinsettia and Christmas ornament shots back in December. Since it wasn't too cold (and less crowded), I decided to walk the grounds and headed over to the meadow. This is shot from the bottom of the hill of the meadow. It was a sunny day. I did some processing in Topaz and eliminated some figures who were walking through the meadow. I know the sky color is a little off, but I would love to know your thoughts. This is not a typical image for me.

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9 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I very much like the scene and the feeling that it invokes. Yes, the sky color is a bit off and I would like it to be more blue. To me, that expanse of featureless sky needs either some clouds or some cropping. To me the picture would have been nicer if it had been possible to shoot it from a point further to the right, and possibly also closer to the tree so as to move the lovely tree closer to the house and a little larger.   Posted: 02/03/2021 08:45:17

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is a nice view, I would crop the bottom and the top, I recently had some lecture and was told that the foreground and background should be not more than 1/3 of each. try it   Posted: 02/07/2021 17:36:10

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Oh I like this one, Jessica! I particularly like the remote feeling that it evokes. Some of the sky and the right hand side might be cropped but not so much as to remove the remote feeling. The foreground also might benefit from a little post sharpening. But overall, a very nice job!   Posted: 02/09/2021 09:36:45

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I enjoy your subject scene very much. My thoughts would be to crop off the right, just leaving the two tall trees. Then crop about 1/2 of the sky. Try some dodging/ burning or use a radial spotlight to draw our attention to the building using light. Since this is a place you can return to, I would encourage you to try more photos of this and similar scenes.
  Posted: 02/09/2021 12:03:58

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Initial impression is the general subject of a winter scene in the last weeks of winter. Agree with the comments on color and over all composition as the eye tends to wander from one area to the next with out a place to land. Maybe a higher vantage point, reduce the amount of sky by 20% of attention without being in the center of the photo. Minor cropping on the right and bottom would strengthen the composition and make the house more of the center of attention without being in the middle of the photo. The winter weeds and nude trees bring back fond memories.   Posted: 02/09/2021 12:35:56
Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Your additions make a world of difference. The photo is sharper and more vibrant. Nice work.   Posted: 02/20/2021 18:51:40

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
My network was down earlier but is working now. I cropped and then added a sky in Luminar. What do you think?   Posted: 02/09/2021 15:10:10
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Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Dorinda's sky is beautiful, but it is now competing with the interesting landscape. A sky with a cloud or hint of a cloud might be more compatible with the rest of the image.   Posted: 02/17/2021 12:10:51

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Very nice image I think house needs to be larger by cropping from right and top I also wanted to keep and emphasize the winter dry grass It has such great texture I agree with Robert that the many beautiful clouds in Dorinda's revision pull the eye away from the winter grass and house I added a custom sky of mine which had fewer clouds I think the foreground in my image needs to be lightened more like yours   Posted: 02/26/2021 18:01:27
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