Jason Stewart  

As Above, So Below by Jason Stewart

June 2020 - As Above, So Below

About the Image(s)

As above, so below

Canon 5Diii
Canon 24-105
1/50 sec. f/13 96mm ISO 250

I went for a morning drive with my camera. I stopped by this lake in Jim Thorpe when I noticed the light hitting these reeds that brought out their gold amongst this dreary background. I added some purposeful motion blur to the image and liked the results.

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7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
On first glance the image has eye appeal. The golden color of the reeds stand out and easily attract the eye. The image is well framed and exposed and i like the position of the horizon line.

Next we get into the creative aspects of the image. At this point we get to the mantra that the maker is always right. It is their image and how they see it in their creative mind's eye is the golden rule. Based upon that assessment the image works quite well. It has immediate eye appeal, it is presented well, the technical aspects more than adequately demonstrate the maker's creative concept, the use of color works well and the quality of the light makes the image come alive.

If this were displayed in any category other than Nature I would quickly score it a 10. It is that unique and different (read that refreshing). For me (my nature bias leans toward realism) the image feels awkward in the Nature category.   Posted: 06/04/2020 13:12:52

Mark Winter   Mark Winter

I think that is great when photographers try new techniques, perspectives, etc. I really like the lighting on this image and how the reeds stand out against the almost black trees. I like the concept of motion blur. As Larry said, the artistic part is up to the maker. I would have perhaps tried a little more blur to make it almost an abstract. Well done.   Posted: 06/08/2020 13:35:49

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Good application of the creative thought Jason. Amazing golden light used to its full potential to create an impact on the viewer. I felt it is an abstract on the first look and understood your concept after reading through.
Overall it is a very nice image coming out of an ordinary scene owing to great lighting.   Posted: 06/09/2020 22:48:50

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
I like the image a lot. I am somewhat a realest myself but I too like to delve into the abstract or creative side of nature photography. Like Larry said it's you image and whatever you do to make it your image is great. The thing that makes this image work is that it is easy to see your intent and that you have done a excellent job. I like the colors, the reflection, The syementry of the motion. I think the picture has some drama and because of the blur action seems almost magical I can't find anything displeasing about the photo. Great work!   Posted: 06/13/2020 15:59:11

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you all. I tend to go for more realistic imagery myself. Every now and then though I try to push myself into something different. Just to give it a try.   Posted: 06/14/2020 07:44:56

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Wow, I like the motion blur and the symmetry of the image. Beautiful and very artsy for a nature image. This would make a great print!   Posted: 06/16/2020 10:18:06

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Jason, What a great image of reflections. I really enjoy viewing images like these to study and try to emmulate as well. The image has a mystic feel to it which maybe caused by the way the reflections hit the water, the light, and colors.

What really stands out is the background of the trees. They look like an oil painting and they are also carried into the water in the foreground perfectly. The yellow of the grass is what separates the image and I like that seperation. It really compells to be a Modern Abstract nature photo. What would really be cool is to have it enlarged and made into to Tryptic for a large wall.

I love the lines, both horizontally and vertically. It has a so much depth in the image, and the Point of View, makes me feel that I am there seeing in person.   Posted: 06/20/2020 07:02:35