Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Bridge Over the Creek by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

September 2021 - Bridge Over the Creek

September 2021 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Photographed locally along the cycle path during the recent lockdown. It was taken during the course of the morning when we had the dust of snow. Besides creating a snow scene and laying emphasis on the grassland and trees, I gave a hint of blue to the path in keeping with rest of the theme.
Workflow: RAW image converted to B&W with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro ‘Fine Art Process’ Preset. Removed unwanted objects using Select and Fill tools. Adjusted contrast using Levels. Finally added a bit of vignette by going to Lightroom.
Camera used was IR converted Canon 40D; 17-85mm Zoom f/4.5 “ 5.6 IS at 27mm; 1/90th sec. @ f/22; ISO 320.

8 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I think you've composed this scene very well, Palli, and the result is very pleasing. The two trees leaning in opposite directions, the bridge, the river, and the road with dashed line all come together so well.

Interestingly, before reading your caption, I was thinking, this is one of those infrareds that evoke snow, so you were successful in that goal as well. I would like to see this scene after a heavy snowfall.   Posted: 09/02/2021 10:50:45

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Wonderful composition. My eye initially goes between the trees to the bridge. The path takes you into the picture and to the bridge or you can go down the creek to the bridge....

The blue tint works well in my view

Top marks

Emil   Posted: 09/02/2021 13:31:58

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Beautiful local scene and composition. The toning is good too. I like the way the road is leading the viewer to the scene and the bridge. On my large monitor I see some cloning artifacts around the left of the two main trees.   Posted: 09/03/2021 08:59:24

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,

Great scene! Personally, I am troubled by the large mass of road, even as it leads to the bridge. I would have liked a composition with you more to the right and maybe onto the snow/grasses with little or no roadway. Also, it doesn't look completely sharp to my eye...but that could have been your intent? Standing right where you were but bending down to near the road surface might also have minimized the 'mass' of road that troubles me a bit.   Posted: 09/05/2021 16:34:55

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thank you all for the feedback which is most helpful. As to Gary's point of moving to the right, I did try it, but was not happy with the composition. I wanted to leave a space between the two trees and the dashed line leading to the bridge .. so settled on that!
As to the image not being entirely sharp, I used the 'Screen' blend mode to keep it on the soft side ... which was intentional!!!
  Posted: 09/06/2021 18:52:14

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Pali, I like the scene, the path converging with the bridge and the water and snow complete it. The path is a strong element, but if the white center line was removed, would it be in better balance? Removing the support wires added to the naturalness of the scene. Using a wide angle lens at f/22 should have given you great depth of field, however some of the foliage at left side seems less sharp?   Posted: 09/12/2021 22:10:15

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli
Your processing here is so very well done. The bluish tone invokes the snowy scene. As I examined it, I did realize that the softness at the edges was intentional, as it is sharp in the central area. I think that darkening the stream below the bridge would make another lead towards the bridge and keep my eye in that area between the trees. Well seen!   Posted: 09/13/2021 08:35:58

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Charles and Melanie for the observation and comments.   Posted: 09/16/2021 20:58:46


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