Pierre Williot  

Frozen Pond by Pierre Williot

December 2019 - Frozen Pond

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Leica DG 12-60 f/2.8-4.0, Hand held

Setting: ISO 400, 12 mm (24 mm full frame equivalent), f/10, variable speeds (see below), Adjustments in LightRoom.
The capture was performed with a pano of bracketed images: 5 images per frame (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) X pano of 8 frames = 40 images.
I realized that there was some mouvement artefacts at the level of the small branches due to the light wind.
Instead of using all the images, I selected a pano of 8 images using the best histograms per frame (trying not to over expose). I end up selecting 3 frames at 1/400 sec, 3 frames at 1/250 sec and 2 frames at 1/320 sec due to the differences in lighting.

I was attracted by the calmness of this end of fall scenery: frozen pond, blurred mirror image of the barren trees.
TIFFT Nature Preserve, Buffalo, New York, November 30th 2019.


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9 comments posted

Hi Pierre. You have certainly captured a peaceful scene. We very rarely see this environment in Aus. Like the lines that the branches make as they reach up and out of the image.The little brown twig at the bottom is a little distracting and could be easily removed. Your image is close to a mono image and this would be my only suggestion but you do lose the nice blue. You have achieved what you set out to do. Cheers Glenn   Posted: 12/11/2019 18:00:27
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Glen,
Thanks for your nice comments. One could be also creative by decrease the saturation of all the colors except for the blue!   Posted: 12/14/2019 11:37:46
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Kathryn Engle
There's potential, but maybe a bit more clean up as mentioned previously. I like Pierre's modification a bit more and maybe eliminate a few more of the front lying little branches that are distracting.   Posted: 12/14/2019 23:16:48

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Image has a kind of wild and untamed flavor with all those limbs. The b&w version from Glen seems to blend those limbs into the sky and thereby bring the focus downward and onto the icy water features where I think you intended it to be. To further that movement, I suggest to increase the contrast a bit on the pond using a mask or equivalent.   Posted: 12/18/2019 09:40:40
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
  Posted: 12/18/2019 18:05:01

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
I feel the image is busy and difficult to focus on your stated goal: attraction to the calmness of this fall scenery; the frozen pond, blurred mirror image of the barren tree. So in an attempt to simplify the scene, I cropped to 16:9 pano.
The branch crowning the top assists with your eye movement around the image from the edge of the pond to the branch and back again. It also eliminates viewing the movement of the small branches. Consider it another view to consider.
I like Glen's suggestion of desating colors with exception of blue.   Posted: 12/18/2019 09:57:40
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
This bring back to the surface the whole concept of cropping and what one feel important to preserve and eliminate. I personally like the upper branches on the top with the clouds in the sky.
Removing the left part is helpful with the cleanup of the foreground.
Thanks for your perspective.
  Posted: 12/18/2019 18:09:25

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I agree with Judy's suggestion to crop the image. It's far more elegant to me. My eyes then looked for some thing crisp around the center of the scene as a POI. Nice work Pierre.   Posted: 12/19/2019 11:14:01

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Pierre,
This strikes me as a dark, moody scene with great textures, contrast and geometry. I tried to emphasize these factors and found I prefer the B&W version.
Happy Holidays
Todd   Posted: 12/24/2019 13:53:46
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