Don MacKenzie  

Winter Pond by Don MacKenzie

January 2020 - Winter Pond

January 2020 - Don MacKenzie


About the Image(s)

I named this one "Winter Pond" even though the water is not frozen. Took this in South Florida two weeks ago. Struck me as a simple contrast in black and white. Shot in RAW at f-9, 1/1600 sec., ISO at 1600, reduced exposure, increased contrast, increased black and set luminance at 100. While in JPEG, cropped, converted to black and white. and used "Clone" tool to eliminate a couple of distractions

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9 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Nice B&W image that reminds me of an ink drawing. The difficulty I'm having with it, is that there is probably too much going on. It might have been more effective if you captured only a few branches coming out of the water. As it is, the overlapping branches negate the stark outlines and makes the image rather confusing.   Posted: 01/02/2020 16:22:00

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like this in monochrome and the high key treatment. I have always wanted to take a photo like this. The reflections are a nice touch and keep the reeds from "floating" in the frame. It may be a little busy, but, for me, it works.   Posted: 01/02/2020 22:12:45

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
I really like the way that you changed the image into a simple contrast of black and white. I would have cleaned up a few more distractions like the angled lines in the forefront of the photo.   Posted: 01/03/2020 17:42:12

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
great idea, thank you to prompt me to go out in the cold to look for possible scenes....

back to the subject, I'd like to less/simpler tree branches so to further your idea.   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:14:21

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Had I been there, I would have concentrated on the reflections at the bottom of the picture.   Posted: 01/16/2020 21:46:35

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It strike me at the first glance. It looks like dendritic trees of pyramidal neurons that ascended from the deep cortical layers to the more superficial layers. It is very simple and beautiful! ( I am a brain scientist!)   Posted: 01/22/2020 00:03:41
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
You have stated an interesting comment even if I don't fully understand. Thanks   Posted: 01/22/2020 09:54:57
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
I remember Grey Dunn has made an illustration of the cortical neurons as shown in attached figure ( It is a reminiscent of Don's work! For people working in the lab and studying the brain, the complicated images of the cells and neurons, fibers of the brain are all mysterious and stunning beautiful! Greg Dunn is a neuroscientist and turned artist and introduces the beauty of the brain to people outside this field. Even most of us do not understand the Brain; we can still get inspiration and appreciation of the science-inspired art.   Posted: 01/25/2020 07:34:58
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Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Inspiration can come from a variety of places. As you say, even from the construction of the brain.   Posted: 01/25/2020 08:51:15