Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

A Walk in the Woods by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

May 2020 - A Walk in the Woods

May 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

A Walk in the Woods is one of the few pleasures we have left in my community due to this awful health crisis. But we are grateful, since we have lots of green space and numerous nature trails. I made this image with my usual Canon 7D conversion which is deep black and white. Settings were ISO 200; f/14; 0.4 sec.
I initially processed this in LR and PS with some additional selective adjustments in Viveza. It took some experimenting to get the subtle colors I wanted. I finally decicded that the yellow and blue toning worked best. Suggestions for improvment will be appreciated.

6 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
I like the brown/sepia tone, I think it is much more interesting than the monochrome. The blue-grey sky makes me think there is a storm coming.
I like how the curve caries the eye into the image.
This being a fairly tall image you could try darkening the lower edge so the viewer's gaze is directed up into the lighter mid portion.
  Posted: 05/02/2020 15:59:02

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
I do like the simplicity of this and the toning which gives a warm feel to the image. Love the straightness of the trees reaching upwards with just the hint of a sky peeping through.The lead in of the boardwalk is great as it leads through about a third of the image before reaching the trees. I can't think of anything you could do to improve an already perfect image but perhaps Terry has a point about darkening the base.   Posted: 05/11/2020 06:30:54

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
This is a very strong picture for a number of reasons. The path is different as it has a shape of its own instead of the usual dirt straight path into the woods. Another is that you didn't need to show the full height of the trees. What is shown is quite sufficient to "tell" the viewer it is a big woods with lots of tall trees. And for me the most important is the coloring. The yellow is a soft inviting yellow and not a bit harsh as it could be. The bits of blue nicely interrupt the overall yellow cast. I Like it. If it doesn't do well in competition it certainly will do well hanging on a wall as it will calm one down during these trying times.   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:37:33

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This image is very atmospheric. The path provides a strong lead in line and I like the glimpse of the handrail/bench through the trees in the distance. It makes me feel that I would like to walk through the wood to find out what lies beyond. The toning you've used is very sympathetic to the image. I cannot suggest any way of improving it.   Posted: 05/14/2020 09:45:03

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
You find the best subjects to photograph! I really like the yellows and browns in your processing and as I scrolled down to post comments I noticed that I liked the photo even more as the top disappeared. As Stuart said you don't need to see the tops of the trees so play with cropping it down towards the boardwalk which is really and extending more of the foreground you cropped initially.   Posted: 05/18/2020 12:20:41

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I like the leading lines up into the woods. I like what you did with the processing, nice colors.   Posted: 05/19/2020 08:48:57


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