Murphy Hektner, APSA  


Mountain Ash in Fall by Murphy Hektner, APSA

October 2020 - Mountain Ash in Fall

About the Image(s)




DATA; Nikon D700
27-70 zoom @ 62mm
ISO 200
1/13
f/11
tripod
Lighting was open shade with blue sky above and no wind
no flash.

Mountain Ash is a medium size shrub growing to about 7 feet tall that is found at high elevations in the Cascade Mountains. In fall time the leaves turn into a kaleidoscope of colors, and it becomes a very showy bush.


8 comments posted




Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
How colorful. Since it is a peaceful image, it might be better as a horizontal image. A design image. Is there any way to get some depth into the image?   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:20:08
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Charles: Thank you for your comments. I tried to set this picture up as a horizonal as you mention, however the composition became kind of passive in my humble opinion and the picture seemed to lack impact. Thought the vertical composition seemed to portray more drama.

As far as adding more depth in the image the branches are on a flat plane with each other so I could maintain good sharpness throughout the colorful leaves. Any suggestions on how I could accomplish more depth in the image would be appreciated.   Posted: 10/04/2020 16:54:41
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Neal: Sorry I messed up on your name, was talking to a friend Charles on the phone and it carried over on my message to you.   Posted: 10/05/2020 17:41:53



Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Murphy
I find this image to be very pleasing to my eye. It's a kaleidoscope of colors. I like it.
Barbara   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:21:59



Richard Story   Richard Story
MURPHY,
I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT YOUR IMAGE FOR A LONG TIME AND THEN COMING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN. NOW HAVING DONE THAT,HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS.

FIRST THE COLORS ARE OUTSTANDING, WE DON'T HAVE MT ASH HERE (WE DON'T EVEN HAVE MTS)BUT I DO BELIEVE THESE ARE TRUE COLORS IN FALL.
YOU HAVE A TELLTALE DIAGONAL LINE FROM BOTTOM LEFT TO UPPER RIGHT, IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE DARK GREEN LEAVES, THAT KEEPS TAKING MY EYE THRU THE IMAGES WHERE I FIND MYSELF LOOKING FOR MAYBE HIDDEN DESIGNS ( I DIDN'T FIND ANY), BUT I'LL KEEP LOOKING.
WHEN I FIRST LOOKED AT THIS IMAGE SOMETHING STRUCK ME AS FAMILIAR...THEN IT CAME TO ME, "MONET" LILY POND KIND OF SCENES, LOOKING DOWN THRU THE WATER TO THE GROWTHS UNDER THE WATER, THAT'S THE FEELING I GET WHEN I LOOK THRU THE FOREGROUND.

NICE JOB THANKS FOR TICKLING MY MIND!!   Posted: 10/12/2020 18:10:50
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Richard: Thanks for your positive comments regarding Mountain Ash. The colors are true, not enhanced at all. To me the diagonal line from bottom left to upper right is a vital part of the composition as you suggest. Must admit I had not connected "Monet" type scenes with this rendition, I really like "Monet" scenes for their softness and mood.   Posted: 10/12/2020 18:29:35



Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Hi Murphy,
You've managed to capture all Fall's beautiful colors in one image - great! Compositional, try cropping this somewhere in
the mid-point. That may help the eye and the mind focus on your great montage of fall colors.





















  Posted: 10/16/2020 12:22:10



Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Murphy, Love the colors and composition. Nature gives us such beauty and you have captured a beautiful fall close-up. I particularly like the composition with the diagonal line of green leaves with their subtle color. A good balance between bright and subdued. All technical qualities are excellent.   Posted: 10/19/2020 11:31:00



 

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