Karen Botvin  

Foot Bridge Magnolia Gardens by Karen Botvin

November 2021 - Foot Bridge Magnolia Gardens

November 2021 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

This image was made using my Nikon Z7 with the 14-30 S lens at 17.5 mm, ISO 160, f/8 at 1/125sec. This was the last stop on my way back home from a 15-day photo trip. Having never been to the Magnolia Plantation in North Carolina, I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I did know that this foot bridge was there. I made some adjustments in Lightroom to lighten the shadows and darken the highlights. I then took it into PS to remove the few strands of moss that were hanging down in the top center. Then onto to Nik ColorEfecs were I added the Brilliance Warm filter but lessened some of the saturation. I love the reflections in the water from the trees, the moss, and the bridge. What do you all think? Your comments are much appreciated.

10 comments posted

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
The reflection is a WOW factore in this image. The diagonal bridge across the frame does well, and creates a football-shaped reflection of the openings over the water.
Good job with the editing.
Well done!   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:37:22
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thank you, Jim, for your comments. I wasn't really sure about the angle of the bridge but from all accounts thus far, it seems to be a winner.   Posted: 11/04/2021 13:41:36

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very impressive and striking image with more than one compositional asset. They way you have used the line of the bridge to lead to selected areas of light is brilliant. Also the drooping fronds from the trees point to the bridge. The ? weed at the start of the bridge doesn't contribute but would be difficult to take out, and the tree trunk on the right could be darkened to help with leading into the background.   Posted: 11/03/2021 10:32:18
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Piers, for your detailed remarks. I have seen other images of this bridge and none were quite as angled as mine, so I wasn't sure about it. I'm happy for the positive comments. The "weed" as you called it, is a Swamp Hibiscus which are very common in Florida around water and yes, I did try removing it to no avail. I managed to get some off the top and hoped that was enough to be less distracting. I see now that the tree on right definitely needs to be darkened. It's funny how one gets so intent on something, (in my case the Swamp Hibiscus and the angle of the bridge), that we miss the more obvious.   Posted: 11/04/2021 13:48:16

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Such a serene place, and I imagine you got a real wow when you first saw it. I think you have captured the bridge at the perfect angle to lead us across. The blue sky that we usually don't want is great for this against your trees and the reflection in the water. I suggest darkening the lower section of the right tree just a tad and then lightening the upper just a tad to balance more. Beautiful!   Posted: 11/03/2021 17:11:15
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thank you, Shirley. This really is a magnificent setting and the morning I was there was just perfect. I see now and agree that I need to address the tree on the right. Since I'm just starting to do more landscapes, I just wasn't sure about the bridge and its angle. I am more a thinker then a creative type so I kept thinking that the bridge should be leading one into the image but to something special instead of just the trees. I have to keep viewing others' landscape images to get a better understanding of subject definition.   Posted: 11/04/2021 13:55:13

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
All of these comments are spot on. I think the only thing I would add is to try and take the tree on the right out of the photo entirely! That way what is important is the bridge and the refection.   Posted: 11/05/2021 08:36:20
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Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks, Jaqueline, but I rather like the tree on the right as a border. Without it, the image feels cramped to me. I'm curious what others might think. Btw, Congratulations on your image being included in this month's showcase!   Posted: 11/05/2021 08:41:53
Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Hey, thanks! You are probably right about the tree but htought it would be interesting to try it!   Posted: 11/05/2021 08:44:19

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Karen, I too, like the tree on the right. It helps to tell more of the story. Well done!
  Posted: 11/09/2021 09:14:27


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