Michael Jack  

Frozen Orchard by Michael Jack

September 2020 - Frozen Orchard

About the Image(s)

On the rare occasion anymore when Indiana has more than a dusting of snow and temperatures drop, such a day happened and I went out to look for subjects. We had 6 inches of snow and temperature in the mid-teens. I ran across an orchard which was part of an apple retail business and asked the owners if they were ok with me going on their property to photograph. They looked at me like I was mentally unbalanced and said knock my socks off. I later took them back some prints. This image was one of my favorites.

Canon 5D MkIV, Canon 24-105 f4L lens, ISO 400, 24mm, f16, 1/180 sec. Processed in LR and Nik Silver Effex

9 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the diagonal line of the trees. I think the contrast is right, keeping some grey tones instead of white. Maybe you could give it some more contrast by burning the dark spots on the trees slightly. Luminosity mask is a good tool for doing that.   Posted: 09/04/2020 01:31:44

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I have always been a fan of High Key style images and this is no exception to that rule. When you have limited tones and colors it always draws more attention to the technical aspects of the image. In this case I feel that a bit of sharpness would help the trees. I like the diagonal lines as this also draws power to the image and adds impact.

With my limited knowledge of B/W I still feel that contrast help to improve B/W images. This I would increase the blacks to add to the contrast. I would also make a slight crop from the left---see my attachment.   Posted: 09/04/2020 15:57:39
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Richard White   Richard White
Nice work in knocking your socks off. Nicely done. The diagonal line is nicely done leading to more white area on the right which draws the viewers eye to right side of the photo. I believe Larry's image is an improvement in adding more contrast.   Posted: 09/05/2020 17:43:07

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
The orchard owners did not realize what beauty lurked in their rows of naked trees. You did a great job with seeing the opportunity and capturing it.
My only thought is to have looked at more of an angle down the row of trees, standing a bit closer to the first tree. Just my personal preference in this type of situation.   Posted: 09/06/2020 00:21:57

George R Phile   George R Phile
Great image of a simple scene! A bit more contrast would be better as Larry has shown. I like that there are no footprints or anything in the snow, that makes it a pristine scene. Great job.   Posted: 09/08/2020 09:57:00

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
(Group 34)
Beautiful and calming. Very nice!   Posted: 09/13/2020 12:47:31

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Nice image, very simple and pleasing to the eye. I do think the contrast could by enhanced a bit and I like Arne's suggestion of a luminosity mask.   Posted: 09/14/2020 23:58:31

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Thanks for the comments. There seems to be a common theme of contrast.   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:04:42

Debbie DeLong   Debbie DeLong
Beautiful capture of a pristine and simple scene.   Posted: 09/17/2020 09:09:41


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