Jose Cartas  

Huntley Meadows by Jose Cartas

June 2022 - Huntley Meadows

About the Image(s)

This is a wetland park in Northern Virginia, a 45-minute drive from home. I went there recently looking for wildlife, but there was none. At least, it was an opportunity to capture some reflections in the wet areas. This is a straight shot, where the only post-processing was cropping. Technical specifications: 135mm. lens, 1.0 sec. at f/16, ISO 50, tripod.

5 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Very interesting different "levels" of reflections from the spacing of the trees. The bottom left reflection might be darkened down so that the eye is not pulled there. But I certainly would not want the left tree cropped out, as I think it gives the image contrast and a framing base. Similarly, you might consider darkening the water on the right edge to help with that framing, and balance with the top right.   Posted: 06/05/2022 10:24:28

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Nice image! I agree with Bob on the darkening of the sides, maybe even an overall vignette, so your eye is drawn into the center. I am not quite sure about the left hand side tree though (it draws a lot of attention by having bright parts), but either darken it or crop it out entirely (5x4 image). See what you like most.   Posted: 06/07/2022 04:14:34

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I find the image overall too green! I would decrease the saturation of the greens and maybe increase yellow to get some contrast. Darkening might help as Bob suggests.

The trees form good framing for the composition so I would definitely not remove either of them.   Posted: 06/08/2022 11:13:34

Andy Patterson   Andy Patterson
I find this almost that there is no "horizon" or ground-level. I don't think that is necessarily bad though--it is an interesting effect. My only other comment is that there isn't really a subject--although the entire image is pleasant, there is nothing that talks to me as the subject of the image. Of course, not all images need a specific subject--but it usually helps if there is something, even something small, that would stand out a bit.   Posted: 06/09/2022 22:43:03

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I like the mood of the image. Smooth and peaceful water surface has a calming effect. The colors look quite natural to me as well. I wonder if finding a vanishing point could further improve the composition.   Posted: 06/27/2022 10:55:59


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