Ray Henrikson  

Ice Fishing shack in the Adirondacks by Ray Henrikson

March 2020 - Ice Fishing shack in the Adirondacks

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. Question: Does one submit to the Digital Dialog group an image that one likes and is proud of or an image that you think might have potential but just doesn't work? The latter case is a please for help! This image is one I like, however. Photographed this winter on a small lake in the Adirondacks of upstate NY. I was walking around the lake on snowshoes and saw this scene. I liked its simplicity, its stark colors, and the potential for composition. The scene also means something to one who likes winter and who has fond memories of ice fishing. Taken with my Samsung Galaxy J3 phone with minimal processing in Picassa. I feel the vignetting adds to the scene.

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10 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
I like this image a lot; not sure why though. Maybe, it's just the simplicity and feeling of isolation that's accentuated by the bold colors. Usually, a clear blue sky is a killer, but, in this case, it works. If I were to suggest any changes, it would be to crop the image on the right a little...maybe up to where the mountain peak hits the tree line. I find the white thing in the trees and the contrasty shadows in the tire tracks in the snow to be somewhat distracting, and pulls my focus from the shed.   Posted: 03/03/2020 10:19:06

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
My first glance at this image was that it was very simple. It's an example of how photographers select a scene that means something to them but doesn't convey that to the viewer. The cabin is placed in the left third which is good, but I think there is too much snow on the right, crop it somewhat. If you could go back, I would go either at twilight when there are a few stars in the sky or cloudy sky. Then, I would place a flashlight in the cabin, build a fire so there is smoke coming out of the pipe. Then snap your photo. It just needs a little warmth or interest in the sky.   Posted: 03/05/2020 08:06:23
Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I like the suggestion about cropping on the right that you and others made. Your other ideas about stars and a light in the window are good ones but won't happen this season!   Posted: 03/10/2020 13:54:39

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I like your photo for some of the same reasons you state--simplicity, stark colors. And it resonates with those of us having done some ice fishing and like winter. Looking at it from a composition stand point, I would suggest cropping out some of the top and some of the right side. Note suggestions from Phyllis--very perceptive!   Posted: 03/07/2020 13:52:59

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, an appealing composition. I tried emphasizing the starkness by switching to monochrome. My Group 32 is a monochrome group.   Posted: 03/10/2020 00:54:21
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Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
I have come and look at this simple one and back away without a word, thinking on the iced lake, I have the same scene, how would I take the picture.

I hope you have a few other angles and shots, I would look for one that has a little bit more space on the left, and a step or two away from the shed and perhaps a foot or so lower than this one, just my imagination at work. :)
  Posted: 03/11/2020 11:10:19

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
You have a nice image, but I feel you have areas you don't need. I cropped off from the right side and a little from the bottom. I feel this makes the Fishing Shack stand out, as this is your main image in the photo .   Posted: 03/13/2020 20:47:19
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Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I agree.   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:10:35

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have nice details and clarity. I agree with the others that the right side needs to be cropped some. I like Stuart's crop and Stephen's monochrome version. In the monochrome treatment, the tracks in the snow show up and add a little interest to the right side   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:32:18

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
It is very beautiful snow scene. I have been living in the Syracuse for one year, in 2008. Thus the deep freeze snow scene is quite familiar and memorable. I agree that a bit crop in the right will make some improvement. I also feel that the dark tress may be lightened up a little bit to reveal the detail texture.

  Posted: 03/24/2020 08:45:31