Judith Lesnaw  

Dogwood Rising by Judith Lesnaw

May 2020 - Dogwood Rising

May 2020 - Judith Lesnaw


About the Image(s)

Several weeks ago I ventured out into my front yard for my daily safari. The sky was very overcast, and looking up I saw the branches of my Dogwood tree in muted silhouette. I scanned the canopy for isolated branches that would make a good minimalist image. I shot the photo with a Canon 80D and Tamron 16-300mm lens set to 300mm. Camera settings were: Aperture priority f8.0; 1/8000 sec; ISO 1600.

I thought that the original image was moody, and minimalist. I began post processing in Lightroom Classic. I cropped and tilted the image and began to play with adjustments. During the sliding of the sliders for highlights, shadows, color highlights, texture, noise reduction and contrast a totally different image and mood appeared. I liked it much better. I call it "Dogwood Rising". It is a metaphor for what I hope will be the course of our lives as we emerge from the "Time of COVID".

4 comments posted

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Judith, love the title! I like the colors, so reminiscent of a fragrant peach. I particularly like the overall delicateness and brightness of the image and your interpretation of the scene.   Posted: 05/06/2020 00:05:59

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Beautiful Judith. The colour palette is delicious. I wonder if it needs the long green stem....I rather like the gentle curve from just below the two little leaves. You've lost a little detail in your experimenting and there is some noise there too. I don't think it detracts, but you could try Topaz's denoise app. It does an amazing job. On second thoughts, it may sharpen it a little though, so perhaps leave as is. I really like the effect you've achieved.   Posted: 05/24/2020 23:16:37

May Meng   May Meng
Love the simplicity of life as it is and hope for the sunshine to fill the rest!   Posted: 05/28/2020 11:18:39

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Judith, A very elegant dogwood! Beautiful classic composition and wonderful color palette. This would be a good candidate for a print on matte fine art paper or maybe even kozo paper (see Moab papers). I love it as is. Karl   Posted: 05/29/2020 09:14:20


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