Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  

Palouse S bend by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

May 2020 - Palouse S bend

May 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA


About the Image(s)

As you can see I have done very little to this. It was taken when we went to the last PSA conference and did a trip to the
Palouse on our own, stopping often to take photos of the shapes made by the harvesters. I liked the S bend leading to the grove of trees and I still can't decide whether it is better in colour or mono. All I've done is convert to mono and tweak the various colur sliders to accentuate the dark and brighten the light areas. i also cropped a small amount because I didn't like the left edge of the bend running so close to the frame edge and it gave me a leading line from the corner to the trees. Do you agree that this is needed?

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9 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I take note of your discussion about the cropping you have chosen. I think both your crop and your original framing have reasons to be, and I like them equally. I like your crop for the reasons you have given, but I also like the original for its extended S curve in the fields.
However, I find all those tire tracks across the fields disturbing. I guess they would not appear in fields that had crops grown up.   Posted: 05/04/2020 20:27:39
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Unfortunately we weren't there during the growing season. Most of the pictures of The Palouse that I had seen before were taken in full growth or as the crops turned colour and looked wonderful. When we were there, everything looked drab and grey and needed a lot of tweaking to produce vibrant colous -and then with differential contrast they make good mono images.   Posted: 05/05/2020 04:42:51

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, the conference was not at the best time of the year to be in the Palouse. I think that you did a good job of what you had. I do like the mono better since the colors are not that pretty. I played with your original to get the full S curve into the image. I did not do nearly as good as you in conversion to mono, but I did reverse the image, to make the S more of a lead in, and to put the trees into a better position for composition. What do you think?   Posted: 05/05/2020 15:57:05
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I hadn't thought of turning it round but I agree that it leads left to right on yours. The colours aren't pretty as you say but if I wanted to use it as a colour images then I could increase their saturation and make a feature of them ! I have used some of my other images taken then and the evening shots have worked well.   Posted: 05/06/2020 03:47:29

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Sigh. Why is is so hard to remember to always consider flipping an image? Good idea, Tom.   Posted: 05/08/2020 00:01:04

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Actually, I find the color image's contrast between the green trees and browns in the fields interesting. It seems that gets a bit lost in the monochrome image. The way Tom reversed the image also creates a nice leading line and maintains the strong S curve from your original composition that I think works well.   Posted: 05/19/2020 23:55:33
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thanks. I suspect it means I can use it for both mono and colour exhibitions and maybe it will achieve acceptances in both. We shall see!   Posted: 05/20/2020 03:20:22

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Although like the monochrome image, I must admit that like Jennifer, the color version interests me. Even though the colors are muted and could probably do well with an uptick in saturation, I do think it deserves a chance in color exhibitions.   Posted: 05/22/2020 18:55:16
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I have played with increasing saturation and might do this for some exhibitions where I suspect they like increased vibrance on colours.   Posted: 05/23/2020 04:06:50