Dirk-Olaf Leimann  

Wild Goose in Germany by Dirk-Olaf Leimann

January 2020 - Wild Goose in Germany

About the Image(s)

This was taken at a small National Forest in Germany, in January where it was cold and clear. The aim of the day was to take images from Wild Goose, but then we found this place which left a deep impression on us, frozen lake and white snow and very cold.


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8 comments posted

Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I find this high key image pleasant. The light grey tonality and haze of the trees in the distance create the sense of distance. It is amazing that you captured those birds in such tight formation and that they are placed in just the right spot to balance the composition.

I was puzzled by the reflections of the main tree and fence posts. I like how the main tree is reflected into ice? However, given that the land is flat, I wondered why the tree was in water to up to mid tree trunk height and the pattern of some of the other reflections. Is this image a composite?

One suggesting is to crop slightly tighter at the top of the image if you wished to bring more attention to the tree on camera left. Keeping the fence post in on camera right gives the sense that the scene keeps moving on.   Posted: 01/10/2020 08:29:39

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
To everyone:

Again, and I keep trying to get the PSA to upgrade their system, in many cases it is fruitless to revise, change or fix participants photos because everything is in Low Resolution.

In addition, the original and final images are in many cases, hard to really understand or see clearly. So, group members are not sure if what they see is due to Low Resolution of other issue.

Oh, well. We do our best.   Posted: 01/12/2020 09:09:44

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Dirk!

I like these type of vivid renderings - I sometimes render my BW similarly, but for sure it needs to be done on the correct subject - and here I feel this winter-scape is one of them. The scene is engaging, but hard to really enjoy, as I see a lot of blurring or pixelation.

The entire scene seems pixelated. Also, are those mountains in the background? Did you selectively wash them out?

I guess, a bit more information on how this photograph was captured would help to identify and answer a few of these questions.

Thanks, Dirk. :)

  Posted: 01/12/2020 09:20:30

Hi Dirk, beautiful high key image! In the image, I like the simplicity of the composition. Beautiful reflection and very nice shape of the left branch. I love it. Wonder if you accept modification of the scene or not, such as removing some other reflection and the posts. I feel it might look better if only this tree and reflection w/o others. I did a small modification as the attachment. Dirk, you did something that I want to do but haven't succeed yet. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll try some of my own snow shots later.   Posted: 01/14/2020 06:57:59
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Now, it seems a little bit too lonely. Or maybe keep the posts but remove the other trees reflection.
  Posted: 01/14/2020 06:59:32
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Assuming the entire original photograph is untouched:

No. Will have to disagree with you Jane: Nothing should be removed - not because I think its not authentic to do so, but removing shapes, lines and even textures, as a whole, would tear out the characteristic elements which represent the essence of the scene.

Alternatively, we can comment on how to capture the scene in the future: whether that is from a slightly different perspective (from position or lens choice), shoot at a different time of day, or revise post-production values.

Overall, the composition is great! A lovely Winter Scene that one can easily feel the chill with the first look. :)   Posted: 01/14/2020 07:21:04

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
This is a stunning image, in my opinion. I love the starkness of it. I deeply appreciate the crop, the reflections, the birds, the high-key, everything. To me, this is a job well done!   Posted: 01/17/2020 06:12:16

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Dirk
Interesting winter landscape, but the image quality does not allow you to appreciate the beauty, too pixelated or compressed   Posted: 01/28/2020 10:47:52