Valerie Pohio  

Isolation by Valerie Pohio

August 2019 - Isolation

August 2019 - Valerie Pohio


About the Image(s)

I haven’t done an awful lot to the original image. I cropped a little of the sky and the foreground out to give the image more of a balance. I desaturated the colour palette to make the image cooler and the feel more isolated. I put a blur adjustment over the mountains very, very slightly to really pop the buildings. The foreground then appeared a bit boring so I popped a toi toi plant in (taken in the same area) which I felt did not detract from the central subject, but gave it a little more of a feeling of being hidden and alone. I also sharpened the cottage to bring out the rather interesting detail. I wondered about doing more to the sky, but decided there was enough going on elsewhere.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Hi Valerie,
I'd say you achieved what you set out to do with this photo. I like the addition of the weeds in the foreground, it looks like it belongs there and adds to the overall feeling of the scene without detracting from the subject. The sky is perfect, doing more to it would have changed the mood and story line. Great job!   Posted: 08/05/2019 00:35:45
Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Thanks Marie.   Posted: 08/05/2019 16:10:33

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Valerie
So love the muted tones of this image it sits well with the scene composition is spot on as the lead in line on the left really takes the eye straight to the main subject of the image the plant addition is a master stroke as it balances the picture and fills in what would be dead space as for the sky in my humble opinion leave well alone it sits well with the mood and atmosphere of the picture.   Posted: 08/05/2019 17:45:23
Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Thanks Ian. I tried dropping in another gloomy sky with more detail, but it made it all too busy and changed the mood. I think, as both you and Marie say, leaving it as is, is probably the way to go.   Posted: 08/05/2019 18:03:39

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Valerie, your image has an Andrew Wyeth feel to it. I like it very much. The colors in your adjusted image are actually warmer, however the adjusted image has a more of that isolated-in-cold-winter affect. The curved road that leads to the house, and the position of the house within the canvas are strong compositional elements. The sky sets the bleak tone of the day, and I would not change it. I would reduce the size of the clump of grass that you added. While it does provide some depth, it competes with the house for my eye's attention. On this hot hot day I view your image with longing.   Posted: 08/09/2019 07:14:57

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Valerie, I like the composition and wintry feel of the image. I agree with Judith that it reminds us of the paintings of my late neighbor, Andrew Wyeth, in the stark, spare feeling. In Chadds Ford we constantly see work by the Wyeth family and have the Brandywine River Museum as a center of this 'school' of art. For me the added toi toi took away some of the stark isolation. The brooding sky and reduced color saturation help the mood. The composition formed by the lane and buildings is spot on. My eyes enjoyed wandering around the buildings and trees of the homestead. Many exhibitors would add impact by adding a dark sky and increasing the contrast of the buildings, but I find your less contrasty interpretation more interesting and timeless. Excellent work. Karl   Posted: 08/09/2019 10:40:27

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I think you did all of the right things to this lovely photo -- not too much, just enough! I was going to say the desaturation and blurring made it very painterly, but having read the other comments I think Wyeth is the right name!   Posted: 08/18/2019 16:31:43

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Thanks everyone for the positive and constructive comments. I had not heard of Andrew Wyeth and was very interested to wander through his artworks. What a wonderful and unique style he has!

I really enjoy reading the posted comments and following up the different suggestions, exploring new techniques and discovering new photographers/artists!

  Posted: 08/18/2019 17:56:11

Such a delightful image Valerie, and lush tones.
I would not change anything , you have done a great job as it is.
  Posted: 08/19/2019 06:09:03