Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Step Into the Fairy Forest by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

November 2020 - Step Into the Fairy Forest

November 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was made at a natural area near one of our state parks. I have always thought this intimate landscape had IR potential, but because of the dense ferns and other foliage, it is a challenge to create a composition that has a path for the eye to follow into the scene. This is not my first attempt, but it is the first one I have been remotely satisfied with.
I made the image with my ususal Canon 7D 830nm camera and a wide angle lens. Settings were /14; ISO 200. As you can see, I did quite a bit of dodge and burn and used CLir to tease out the color. I have worked on this over a period of months, so I am not certain what else I did with it. I hope to be able to return to that location next spring or summer so any ideas you have about how capture or process it will be helpful.

5 comments posted

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This image is gorgeous. Leaving the sky out was certainly the right decision. The contrast between the grey steps and the golden foliage is lovely. The steps provide a perfect lead in and draw the eye through to the trees beyond. I cannot suggest any improvements.   Posted: 11/15/2020 12:45:22

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I like the composition of the scene but feel the yellow coloring is a bit overwhelming. (It seems to be a characteristic from using CLiR.) The stone steps hold a lot of interest as their construction appears that each stone was carefully placed for a good step and the same care was exercised with the surrounding wall to the left of the steps. And of course they are a good lead in to the mysterious forest.   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:22:17

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Lovely place and I love how the stones steps bring you into the lushness. I don't mind the golden tress but do feel that the lighter areas have a bit too much brightness which dampens the detail of some of the ferns. Maybe adding a bit of structure to those areas would help balance.   Posted: 11/16/2020 10:31:07

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Nice I like the way your eye follows the path into the image.   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:03:35

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
The only comment one can make is to stack superlatives on top of superlatives. Gorgeous.
I guess the only, very little, suggestion I would make is trying a bit more structure on the stones. A little more lichen pop might be OK, but not necessary.   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:53:56


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