Charles Walker  

Red Maple & Bridge by Charles Walker

June 2020 - Red Maple & Bridge

June 2020 - Charles Walker


About the Image(s)

All the photographers that I have met have stories about while driving suddenly seeing a great image outside their periphery. They stop the car abruptly, and if lucky, have the camera equipment needed to take the shot. Usually such shot opportunities are not in reality as grand as what was in the mind’s eye. The results are often disappointing. The current photograph is a case in point. While driving home last Fall on foggy morning at sunrise, I saw this image on the fairway of a local golf course. With the sun rising fast, there was no time to setup a tripod, so I selected a higher ISO (800) then quickly took a series of handheld shots. All were disappointing, but with some post processing work on one of the images, something closer to what was in my mind’s eye emerged. Camera data: f/16, 1/160, 52mm, ISO=800.

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

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
To my eye you did an excellent job in Capture with the composition of this image. I feel that the Post-processing work has well brought out the color of the tree. It seems to me that the color of that tree and the line of the bridge draw and hold the viewer's eye.

From my experience over-exposure always enhances the fog so I am wondering if you had any other exposures that could have been blended with this to make right side background as "foggy" as the left side and further enhance the tree and bridge.   Posted: 06/03/2020 05:30:20
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
That is a great idea Gary. I think I do have such an over exposure. I'll give it the good old college try.   Posted: 06/05/2020 20:31:20

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
(Group 5)
Your capture was well timed, this is a beautiful shot I wish that you could have moved further to the left so that the tree would not appear to be so close to the bridge, but a little separated--but isn't that always the case--it was probably not possible. Good work!
  Posted: 06/05/2020 08:57:07

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Barbara, I could not agree more about the placement of the tree. I did try shots moving to the left but when doing so lost the reflection (I am addicted to reflections). My skills in post processing are limited, but maybe I could move the tree or the bridge?   Posted: 06/05/2020 20:34:29

Gary La Musga
I really love the capture and the essence of the fog, the bridge an red colored tree. And being hand held! You did a nice job in post processing, and sharping the photo

I like the composition, I was wondering if you would have been able to get more of the water, to increase the reflections? Either way, very nice shot.
  Posted: 06/05/2020 23:26:38

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Nicely done Charles. I think you did a fine job with this image in post processing. I don't think it is possible for an original image captured under those circumstances to look like what you mind saw at the time you took the photo. I like the composition, I think the tree is well placed.   Posted: 06/06/2020 11:02:15

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Great foggy day image. The brilliant tree really adds a lot to the composition. This image has a very mystical feel to it. Your post processing was very well done. Nice job!   Posted: 06/07/2020 13:56:06

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This is an image I would expect to see over someone's living room couch. The fog is to die for and you utilize it well as a background to the colorful Maple(?) tree. And then there's the bridge to all another wonderful geometric contrast to Nature's designs. Very well done!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:49:56