Debbie Perez  

The Young Home by Debbie Perez

September 2020 - The Young Home

September 2020 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

This is a photo from the archives. Mr and Mrs Owen Young lived in this house during the winter and eventually retired here. Today, this house is the Visitor's Center for Washington Oaks State Park. I love the three sister oaks in their front yard. I often wonder why they chose to put their house on this little hill because one can't see the river view but maybe, the trees were beaconing to them. This is a very wide angle (15 mm) so it lead to a lot of distortion. I have tried various tricks to get the distortion under control. The trees do bend because of the winds that have shaped them over the years. I suspect I used Clir but I honestly don't remember. I did do a bit of a crop. Distortion correction was done with ACR as a filter in PS.

7 comments posted

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Using such a short focal lens enables you to take a really different approach to a scene and I like what your did. The three trees are certainly beautiful, especially the one in the foreground and they all make the building secondary. The building is important as it adds a completely different element to the overall scene. Unfortunately I feel the trees are leaning to the left or is it because the house is on a hill. Probably if you "straightened" the trees the house would be on a slant! The patch of blue sky keeps puling me out of the scene so wondered if you cropped most of it out. The tree on the left has been cropped and is fine.   Posted: 09/11/2020 14:34:34
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I did try straighten up the trees and you don't want to see it, lol!! There is a bit of a hill on which the house sits but the trees aren't too far from the ocean and have seen many a storm. They actually "bend" towards the river. If I cropped out the sky, I would lose a piece of the house. May be a different angle would have been a better choice. Will hopefully get back and try a different spot.   Posted: 09/11/2020 18:35:09

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
How delicate you have made this. It would have been very easy to give this a much harder effect as the trees look strong, mature and well developed. Particularly like the way the foliage has turned out and the shadow play on the grass. We have many trees in our area bent by the wind, so do not find these out of character. Nice soft arty image. Like it.   Posted: 09/13/2020 03:25:50

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
It's the trees in the foreground in this photo that immediately struck me. The texture of the trunks and the foliage are lovely. That they lean to the right doesn't, in my opinion, detract from the image but the tree in the background on the right looks a little odd so I too would suggest cropping the image on this side albeit that it might mean losing a little of the building.   Posted: 09/13/2020 08:08:28

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I remembered that you had submitted another image of this home some time ago, so I went back into previous rounds to find it. This version is much more interesting than the last one. The lines of the trees and the soft clouds in the sky and the shadows on the lawn feel to me like they are radiating out from the cneter - a pleasing effect in my opinon. Also, the colors you have produced work well I think. Very nice job. I am curious if this is a rework of the original capture or if it is an entiredly different image.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:59:52
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
It is an entirely different image but I looked back and I have submitted a whole lot of images from Washington Oaks. You have a good memory. I know I'm drawn to those oaks, they are such beautiful trees. This one was taken with a much wider lens (same camera) and was taken earlier this year. I probably will capture it again (hopefully).   Posted: 09/13/2020 16:55:29

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
I like the details and look of the image.
Nice job with the processing. I don't really notice the distortion. Might try croping up a bit from the bottom.   Posted: 09/21/2020 09:04:12


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