Lisa Auerbach  

Brookside Gardens by Lisa Auerbach

February 2021 - Brookside Gardens

February 2021 - Lisa Auerbach


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Brookside Gardens still offers a hope of nature through the pandemic. On this day there was a dusting of snow. I like the reflection of the trees in the water.
The sky offered no beauty so I cropped it. I used curves to bring out colors. Finally, I removed some lights and fencing and added a slight vignette.
Canon EOS R tripod mounted; Canon 24-105 lens at 24mm; 1/16;f/18;ISO 100;pattern metering

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10 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I was a bit torn when I first looked at your image. I like how the left side of the pond curves around the reflective tree tops. Looking at it that way the bridge is a side detail. However, I didn't like the other manmade structures which were what was catching my eye. As an experiment, I cropped in to make the bridge the center of attention. I also added blue to the shadows and darkened and added clarity to the water to provide some contrast to the scene. Just a different approach.   Posted: 02/02/2021 12:19:06
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I have one image like the one you cropped. I liked both of them, and since the left is "hand of man" I considered leaving it out. However, the feeling that I got from being where I was helped me decide to include it.
Thanks, Mike. I always respect your suggestions.   Posted: 02/02/2021 13:01:49

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like how you cropped out the gray sky and removed the chain and post. I also like the trees reflected in the pond but like Mike the man made structures on the left side are distracting from the nice scene and for me make that corner look cluttered. I tried a little different crop.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:57:40
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Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I like your crop. Enough of the left is included for what I wanted.   Posted: 02/13/2021 11:56:57

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
For me, the way you cropped the sky out turns what may have been merely a snapshot into something more special, so good choice in my opinon. In your image as posted,one of the first things I noticed was the pine branches protruding into the image on the left. This is a persona nit pick I know but I always try not to have branches that are not connected to a tree trunk or anything else that is visible extending into my image. So, having said that, I prefer the crop that Pam has offered. I like keeping the snow at the bottom because the curve has a nice organic feel for me. I think you did a good job getting teh correct white balance for snow. Did you do a custom white balance in camera or adjust in post processing?
WE are excited that we are supposed to have measurable snow here in Central Arkansas this week. We have not had snow for a long time and I have a location in mind that I hope will make a good winter postcard type scene. We shall see.   Posted: 02/13/2021 10:39:47
Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Thrilled for you to get snow. It is magical.
Actually, I worked hard to get the snow right in the camera. I was quite pleased with it. I wasn't sure about the tree on the left but I will remember your suggestion in the future. It makes sense.   Posted: 02/13/2021 11:55:13

Ally Green   Ally Green
A pleasing composition and nice reflections of the trees in the water and i like the way you have bought out the colours. In my opinion i would have cropped in from the left to take out those structures as Pam as suggested. I might also have cropped in from the bottom to show less snow so as to focus on the lovely tree relections.   Posted: 02/14/2021 16:18:00

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
What a peaceful spot. I like the warmth in colors in the processed version. I like Pam's crop for it retains the reflections of the tree tops, the curve of the pond and the rim of snow. Mike was right to crop out the man made elements. I see in the original a chain blocking the left, but if possible a different angle from the left might also have been interesting.   Posted: 02/17/2021 17:34:16

LC Boros   LC Boros
As a winter scene I appreciate what you are working towards, but for me this image is problematic. Mainly because the foreground is so cluttered it fights for my eye's attention: instead of gazing into the the water and its reflections. I would adjust your crop to remove much of the foreground and restore more of the tree tops in the background. This would maintain the symmetry of original. You said you cropped because the sky didn't offer anything, but because this is a reflection image and the sky is present in the pond, not having it also visible above the tree tops, breaks the trope.

Additionally I prefer the color/levels of the water in the unedited version. You might want to try white balancing off the snow in the background and adjusting your levels to cool things even more and unmuddied the water. I'd shoot to bring out the greens of the pine trees. This would also help make the sky a bit less grey.   Posted: 02/19/2021 02:24:07
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LC Boros   LC Boros
just had a thought: you also might want to play with this as a black and white image.   Posted: 02/19/2021 21:42:47