Jack Florence Jr  

Oxbow Bend by Jack Florence Jr

November 2019 - Oxbow Bend

About the Image(s)

I made a visit to Grand Tetons last month, and while unfortunately the clouds never cleared from the mountains, the fresh snow and lack of people made for a nice visit.
In this version, I liked the way the snow on the branches gave the foreground some interest, and some of the details like the distant forest on the right. Processed in Silver fx.

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8 comments posted

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I was there this past Summer and really enjoyed your scene with the snow.I think you nailed the tonality. I would rework the composition. I suggested cropping the bottom and the right side. Then your leading line is more definite and the foreground becomes the river. The detail of the snow on the bushes, in my opinion, is too interesting and detracts from the mountains. I would also crop from the right side to keep the aspect ratio. That would move the mountains more off center and make them more important and would repeat the outline of the the trees on the left.   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:24:01

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
This is somewhere I know - having been there a number of years ago in the fall. I like your image very much in B&W (makes me think I should look at my old phots, although no snow!).

I agree with Albert that cropping a tad of the right (which doesn't add much) would help move the mountain peak further away from the middle. Cropping from the bottom so the left bottom corner is just water may be an idea, but I'm less sure of this.

Could you darken the white clouds a tad that are around the snowy peak? I just wonder whether this would make the mountains pop a bit more.   Posted: 11/13/2019 11:57:00

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks for the good comments. I knew something wasn't quite right. I did have a slightly different perspective which maybe improves a bit.   Posted: 11/14/2019 09:22:56
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Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I have been there as well, in the fall when the trees were in full Fall colors. This, to my eye, is a wonderful winter scene. I have read the other comments and I disagree about removing the bushes in the lower right. To me they add the aspect of a frame for the river leading my eye to follow the river up to the central mountain peak. Your touch of darkening the clouds worked well for me.

Great black and white image Jack, sort of reminds me of something Ansel Adams might have done.

Thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 11/15/2019 11:48:18

Don Crow   Don Crow
Nice shot Jack. I too have been there many times but never with snow. I always try to get my shot without the bushes along the lower right, I think they distract from a fantastic scene. You did a great job capturing the tonal range.
I did a little cropping and content aware fill. Maybe it improves the shot.
Regardless, its a nice shot.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:08:20
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Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Beautiful image ...great leading line of the shoreline. Choice of black and white really fits this image   Posted: 11/16/2019 15:21:05

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Jack, the snow makes this image for me. I have been there in the other seasons but not in winter. For me cropping the foreground as Don suggests, draws my eye in to the mountain. but either way it is a wonderful image.   Posted: 11/18/2019 12:46:20

John Erve   John Erve
I like how the river leads into the Grand Teton Mountain. The dark clouds add a sense of drama and keep my eye in the image. There is a good range of tones so this winter scene is a perfect subject for a monochrome. My feelings on the foreground are mixed: on the one hand it does provide some interest, but on the other hand, the focus is not sharp enough for me to get a sense if I am looking at tree tops or shrubbery on the bank. Maybe cropping most of this to create a panorama, as Don suggests, would emphasize the majesty of the scene in the distance.
  Posted: 11/19/2019 21:58:21