Kate Byrne  

Walkway to Nowhere by Kate Byrne

August 2022 - Walkway to Nowhere

About the Image(s)

I am in great need of any and all feedback. This photo was taken on a perfect September day while driving through Eastern Oregon in the high desert. I came upon this walkway that seemed to head into the never-ending distance. (In reality, it was a very long walk, but stopped at some long-ago Native American skirmish between tribes).

I need advice because I worked hours on this and failed every time. I was able to mask the sky and improve the color of that but not the foreground desert. The curving walkway was too difficult to get the masking brush in and out of, no matter how small I made the brush. I kept overlapping the walkway and it was so obvious. Any tips on how to mask narrow, tiny spaces will be appreciated.

This is kind of scene I really like, just wide-open spaces and lots of sky.

I used my Olympus SPS10UZ, 1/800, f5.6, 6.3mm, ISO 50.

7 comments posted

Kirk Gulledge   Kirk Gulledge
Hi Kathleen: Like you I love winding paths that move toward something- like mountains in the distance. This is a nice very distinct path on a lovely day, and I would suggest that the path be more made more prominent as the subject of the picture. Your picture gives most of the weight to the sky, but if you would crop down the sky and the sides of the picture to bring more focus to the path, it would be stronger. I tried to do that with your image, and it's attached.
Incidentally, is that Pierre's name on your picture?

  Posted: 08/04/2022 18:12:10
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Kate Byrne   Kate Byrne
Thank you, Kirk. I see what you mean. I guess I did not realize the sky was so dominating. Does look better a bit cropped.

By the way, to everyone in the group, I prefer to go by Kate. Although my legal name is listed, I never use it.

Thanks for the comments.
  Posted: 08/05/2022 08:14:24

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Sorry about my name…. I reduced the size of the image to put it on the site but did not realise that my watermark was added…. Sorry™   Posted: 08/04/2022 18:50:55

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Kate well done the idea of using the bend in the path adds greatly to the composition, I would have liked the path to stand out a little more as it is a great attraction. A drone shot would have done this or maybe cropping out a little of the sky   Posted: 08/08/2022 00:16:38

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Kate,
I like it. I agree with Kirk that a distant landmark (mountain, big rock, a person) would have made this image more powerful, producing more of a 3D effect (even better with someone close and someone distant).
Well done.
  Posted: 08/13/2022 13:13:43

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Kate, it's a story telling image to me. I agree with Kirk reply and crop.   Posted: 08/15/2022 21:35:09

Kathryn Engle
Nice shot. S curves are always nice, but better if there is another subject at the end of the curve, (agree with Pierre on this one). S curves are usually a way to bring one's eyes to a particular subject.   Posted: 08/15/2022 23:24:37


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