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Muir Woods Sunshine and shadows by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

May 2022 - Muir Woods Sunshine and shadows

May 2022 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

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About the Image(s)

This was taken in 2012 when we visited Yosemite for a PSA conference and one of the trips was to Muir Woods. I had forgotten about them but I was looking for something suitable for converting to mono and wanted woodland. I was taking everything three times to give myself the option of using HDR conversions to get the range of exposures in what was a dark wood but with bright, sunlit areas. I used 3 colour images to get this and selected Painterly . Then I converted to mono in Ps and tweaked the bright areas to keep them bright but darkened the shadows to increase the contrast so it looked more dramatic. I cloned out the small indicator post on the right. I’ve got two versions in colour but I liked the mono best,
I do like contre jour images but they always give problems of overbright areas. You might see more of my tree pictures next month


23 comments posted




Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Yosemite is one of my favorite places. I like your mono and color versions - both are inviting. The way you have composed the image encourages the viewer to go further in the woods and experience nature. I might consider cropping on the right up to the tree as I don't think the far right adds to the image, but that's minor. Overall, I think this is a serene image that makes me feel as though I'm there in the wood.   Posted: 05/04/2022 18:20:09
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thanks. I debated cropping the right but couldn't make my mind up. I also wondered if I should either darken or crop middle top left where there is a bright triangular area of sunlight. It catches my eye now I've seen it ans annoys me.   Posted: 05/05/2022 05:01:15
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I don't find it distracting at all! In fact I think it adds to the depth.   Posted: 05/10/2022 17:37:58



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I like both images, and find the subject tranquil, something I like very much. I note the lack of a center of attention, like a person or an animal, and for me that adds to the tranquility. I am wondering if you could have even more contrast, per your usual approach.   Posted: 05/07/2022 17:35:06
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Gosh! You don't usually say that about my pictures. I actually liked the detail which remained in the central area even though the tree trunks were quite dark.   Posted: 05/08/2022 10:15:55



Kym Houston
I really like both of them and it looks like a wonderful place to sit and ponder.   Posted: 05/09/2022 01:13:39
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
It was actually a lovely wander through place. Unfortunately there's not usually enough time on any of the PSA conference trips to sit and contemplate. It is necessary to rush through the venue so as not to miss anything. We often redo the trips later on, to give ourselves time to take the photos and meander round to get all the various photo opportunities.   Posted: 05/09/2022 04:15:49



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Your mono image seems a bit dark to me, and you have lost the detail in the large tree trunk that is in the color image. If you did crop off on the right back to the tree, as suggested by Lynne, then you would have a stopping point in the image, and it would bring out the curve in the path more. It looks like a nice place to take a stroll.   Posted: 05/09/2022 15:10:04
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I can see the detail in the tree trunk on my monitor so maybe mine is set lighter.   Posted: 05/09/2022 17:28:29



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I can see it on mine to, but it is more distinctive on the color image. Looking at them again, that may be because the colors bring it out more. Your monochrome has a full tonal range, from black to white. I am thinking that the monochrome has more of a moody feeling that I don't think fits what I want to feel for the image, if that makes sense. The color image looks like a nice pathway on a sunny day.   Posted: 05/09/2022 20:54:35
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Well, moody is what I was aiming for! Perhaps showing the colour was the wrong thing to do because it made several people think wandering through the sunlit glade was the gentle mood, whereas I wanted to create a darker emotion. Just shows what a bit of post processing can actually do. Maybe I need to go further to make it threatening!   Posted: 05/10/2022 04:05:21
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Well, you did what you intended to do. You should not have shown the color image!   Posted: 05/10/2022 07:23:33



Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A photo judge once said to our club in Utah: I never want to see another grove of aspen trees, but if I do, I hope you composed it so that the viewer's eye can "walk" into the grove......asking the Qs: What's in there? Who's been here before?

Very nice.

Muir Woods: I was there the first time in 1938 and many more while we lived in SF and Berkeley (aka Berzerkley). Makes one want to cry when thinking of all the Redwood groves that have been cut down in the name of progress (aka money)...Yes, I'm truly an Environmental Activist.   Posted: 05/10/2022 10:22:07
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
My sister in law lives in Berkeley and yes. Berzerkley for sure. So called progress...it leaves much to be desired in some cases. In other cases it's downright criminal.   Posted: 05/10/2022 17:41:22
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
thanks   Posted: 05/10/2022 18:12:08
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
We don't normally get aspens here or sequoia so to see them is a treat for me. We have some ancient oak woodlands but we are constantly in fear of some developer getting their hands on them for new house building, despite being protected. We also have ancient yews -usually in church graveyards and they are protected. Our other woodlands tend to be walked through a lot so they aren't as wild as one imagines.   Posted: 05/11/2022 12:13:29
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, and some have killed by wildfires.   Posted: 05/14/2022 15:19:27
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
We don't usually get forest fires here. When we have fires it is because some idiot has started it either intentionally or because they had a barbeque or something and it is usually a moorland fire -gorse and heather and then the peat burns underground for ages. Very destructive. We are getting more high temperature years with too little rain and some people don't seem to appreciate the fire hazard. There are fewer people who smoke nowadays so that is good because there are fewer chances for accidental fires.   Posted: 05/14/2022 15:27:22
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
The reason redwood trees have aged so well is their resistance to fire.
  Posted: 05/14/2022 16:10:18
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
That was before global warming and the severe drought in California.   Posted: 05/14/2022 16:37:23
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, your droughts are on a scale we can't imagine in GB. We have a week of no rain and it is a severe drought! Two weeks and we have hosepipe bans. I couldn't live where it doesn't rain frequently!   Posted: 05/15/2022 04:14:33



Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Muir Woods is lovely, but I find it challenging to compose compelling photos there. Your side lighting is a nice idea, but the contrast is losing detail in the shadows and highlights on my monitor. Of course, we've already determined my monitor needs some adjustment, but I see Tom mentioned a similar issue viewing this image on his monitor, also. Even without the sign on top, I'm finding the stake somewhat distracting, and it and the fence likely would preclude this being a nature division image anyway, so I'd recommend removing it. My personal preference here is for the color image this time.
I do miss the year-round rains, and the toll the drought, wildfires, and bark beetles have taken on our Central California forests is quite depressing. After growing up on the prairie, I have a particularly strong attachment to trees and forests, somehow.   Posted: 05/25/2022 00:51:07
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I hadn't thought of this as a nature image. I've done too much tweaking for me to enter in Nature. I wanted a pictorial image so removing the stake isn't a problem at all. What is worrying is how different monitors show it. Maybe this is why pictures I think are really good don't even get accepted in Internationals!   Posted: 05/25/2022 04:31:34



 

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