Trey Foerster  


Natural Bridge by Trey Foerster

July 2021 - Natural Bridge

July 2021 - Trey Foerster

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About the Image(s)

Natural Bridge, a 530-acre state park, contains the largest natural bridge known in Wisconsin, created by wind erosion and weathering of the sandstone. The arch measures 25 feet in width and 15 feet in height on its inside dimensions. This weathered formation was missed by the glaciers during the last Ice Age. Tech stuff: ISO 100, f/11, 1/6 sec., manual exposure, center weighted average metering, 32mm focal length. The challenge was to bring out the center focus of the small tree inside the arch and to paint the rocks and keep as much of the detail allowable using it as a frame. The highlights in the back draw the eye towards the central focus tree. Standard PS and LR processing, painting done in Topaz Studio, some dodging and burning in PS, then added a vignette.


5 comments posted




Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
You brought this rendition to life. Your processing choices allows us to see the beautifully lit tree in the center of the "bridge." Using the bridge as a frame worked excellently; especially since you cropped out the sky and some of the foliage on the right. The resultant painting also seems "smoother" and "quieter" - without the harsh lines in the original bridge, I now get such a great sense of calmness. Great job.   Posted: 07/11/2021 09:38:04



Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Cindy said it, but I will agree that your crop eliminated the white sky which took my eye away from the subject. The framing of the charming tree with the rock bridge formation really produced a nice composition. Love the deep tones and hint of warmth.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:59:10



Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Cindy said it, but I will agree that your crop eliminated the white sky which took my eye away from the subject. The framing of the charming tree with the rock bridge formation really produced a nice composition. Love the deep tones and hint of warmth.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:59:11



Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
It has all been said by Cindy and Nancy. Interesting scene. Well done Trey.   Posted: 07/19/2021 04:11:56



Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Trey, you did a masterful job with cropping and/or cloning the top and the colors are just magnificent. The only thing is that I feel like the "bridge" is sort of a cliff now, since the sky is no longer visible on top. I wonder if toning down the sky to a dark navy shade (but letting it still show up as sky) could keep that bridge feeling. (Just my 2 cents). I think your rich colors work well enough to keep my eye in the frame.   Posted: 07/21/2021 18:57:05



 

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