Anne Nettles  

Window To The World by Anne Nettles

February 2021 - Window To The World

February 2021 - Anne Nettles


About the Image(s)

This is an image I took four years ago in Colorado. I have never critiqued it, so I am excited to hear peoples' thoughts and suggestions. It was taken on top of a mountain while four-wheeling in Colorado. I took the image from inside a very old outbuilding. The whole scene outside was very contrasty. I did not use an ND filter, though I should have. What I like the is symmetry and shapes the window and door create. I did basic edits in LR to open up the shadows (curves) and also bring the highlights down. I added some clarity and texture to the wood with the adjustment brush. I also increased the dehaze slider to bring out a more natural blue to the sky. I tweaked the blacks and whites on the histogram in LR. It was a single shot. I think next time I would use an ND filter and bracket the composition, then combine it in PS.

What do you think? Do you like the concept, technique, etc. Things I could do better?

9 comments posted

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
I forgot to add that this image is part of my series 'Shapes in the Landscape.' I mentioned it last month as a goal for 2021. I would like to add at least 6 more images to the series. I started the idea four years ago, and then life got busy and we moved to a different state! The concept of this composition is the juxtapositions of shapes, symmetrical/asymetrical, rectangles/triangles, and manmade (the shed) and natural the distant mountains. I hope together they will make-up interesting series I can hang in a gallery. I hope to eventually get 12 images. Maybe in the months to come, I will post some others. It is a fun concept and I really enjoy being out "in" the landscape looking for the next image.   Posted: 02/02/2021 12:24:46
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Dear Anne,
I love your shape in landscape concept! What I great project! I might steal the idea.
This picture is great in a lot of ways. Postcard-ready.
Maybe you went a little too far in the contrast, texture, or dehaze sliders. Slider work definitely improves everything but I think maybe a little too far; it doesn't look real.
I love the composition and the view out the window, it's just the texture in the woodwork that seems a little too sharp.
  Posted: 02/24/2021 16:06:29

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I've been there and taken a shot, but not as nice, as yours. You framed the mountain beautifully. At first I wasn't sure about the paneling on the left. But that's what makes the photo real in my opinion. I am full of questions....what was it like to live there...imagine the winters to name one.
Thanks for the memory!!!!!   Posted: 02/07/2021 10:33:11
Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Thank you for your thoughts Jaime. The paneling on the left is actually a door that was wide open. It is hard to know if it is the wall or a door.   Posted: 02/20/2021 09:04:37

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Wow Anne, you nailed this one! This image could easily have been taken in Australia and in fact I have several similar in my bank. Our old buildings aren't made of timber, but of stone mortared together. The stone is light in colour and poses a very interesting problem when we try to get this type of shot in one click. I love the way you were able to get everything so sharp! The textures and colours in the timber are great.   Posted: 02/08/2021 18:36:14

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Nice capture and treatment in post. It's a great idea to work in projects like this (and something for the rest of us to look forward to in these terrible times). My only minor suggestion is perhaps slightly too much crop on the right hand side, I liked the two horizontal cracks in the wall.   Posted: 02/15/2021 04:09:49
Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Thanks Andrew, I appreciate your thoughts. I am going to go back and see if I like the original without the crop.
  Posted: 02/20/2021 09:06:20

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Anne, I think your Lightroom tweaks notched it! You have great detail in both the highlights and shadows of the barn interior and the landscape outside.

As Jamie did, I questioned the lightness of the door in the lower left. On thinking about it I would leave it for balance and contrast but try tweaking it so that the shift from light to dark is not so pronounced.   Posted: 02/20/2021 10:56:26

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Wow, the detail of the door and the landscape are amazing. You did a great job of bringing out the detail and making this a really great photo. We all try this type of framing a scene, but this is the best I have every seen. Great job.   Posted: 02/22/2021 12:45:41


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