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Snow Covered Cattails by Pierre Williot

March 2020 - Snow Covered Cattails

About the Image(s)

Title: Snow Covered Cattails.

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Olympus f2.8, 40-150 mm, Hand held

Setting: ISO 200, 40 mm (full frame 80 mm equivalent), f/14, 1/400 sec

This is a snow covered marsh with heavy growth of Cattails.

10 comments posted

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
The cattails are a fascinating element! I am eager to see more of them. My first impression in viewing this composition is that cattails do not command as much attention as they deserve. The complex tones and patterns in the background woods effectively compete with the cattails. But to me, this image is not about the woods. The opposite tones of the snow and cattails, suggest a black & white composition. The attached image is a suggestion for how you might proceed. To my eye it gets to the nut of what this image is about.   Posted: 03/09/2020 09:05:09
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks. Nice to have various opinions on cropping and treatment.   Posted: 03/09/2020 18:16:42

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
My interest is drawn to the cattails also; especially as the fragmites pushed them out of my favorite wetland at home; I miss them. The trees appear dark and heavy above them, although the snow on their branches helps and perhaps can be played up more. So my thought is to consider a vertical crop to accentuate the verticality of the cattails. Am not sure if you have the pixels in the original for such a severe crop however.   Posted: 03/09/2020 16:26:44
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Judy, I like this one much better.   Posted: 03/09/2020 18:17:23

Wayne Schmitz   Wayne Schmitz
Hi Pierre, interesting shot...it can be hard to shoot snow. Just curious if there would be an opportunity to create an abstract shot. You could slow the shutter down and move the lens from bottom to top. It may do some great things with the color and snow.   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:40:52
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Interesting twist. I just had a few attempts, mainly in forests. Worth a try.
  Posted: 03/18/2020 17:56:45

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Pierre,

I love the idea how you compose the image in three color layers. Dark grey, light brown and white. I suggest you keep the color as it is. To me, its unique. Let's compare with portrait composition. I think this is stronger than the landscape format.   Posted: 03/14/2020 22:34:49
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very interesting to see all these various cropping treatments of a single image. Thanks for your input. I like it. Difficult to decide between yours and Judy's version.
  Posted: 03/18/2020 17:59:28

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Pierre,

I think the portrait orientation helps emphasize the verticality of the Cattails and trees. If you could increase the luminosity of the brown leaves in the tree I think that would help pull the eye up from the cattails into the tree layer.   Posted: 03/18/2020 16:08:24
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I agree with your comments and all the previous ones.
Thanks.   Posted: 03/18/2020 18:00:23


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