Georgianne Giese  


Driftwood Journey by Georgianne Giese

July 2021 - Driftwood Journey

July 2021 - Georgianne Giese

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About the Image(s)

Years ago, we traveled to our favorite photography site, White Sands, NM. The patterns in the sand were of varying styles and colors (dependent upon the time of day). I took this shot of a lone piece of wood drifting down the side of a well patterned dune.

Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of study of minimalism in photography. I thought of White Sands and went hunting. I found this image, which I love. It shows the starkness of the landscape, as well as one of the beautiful patterns.

I didn’t do much to this image. Most of the work was done with the Auto button in Camera Raw. I upped the contrast and lowered the blacks to accentuate the pattern. I also moved the Clarity slider up a bit. After opening it in PS, I noticed that the lightest part was high, so I used NIK Color Efex Pro preset, Darken/Lighten Center to move the center light down to the right of and just a bit higher than the driftwood. There were some unwelcome spots on the image, which I removed with the Healing Brush tool.

On the personal side, I am home now, and just finished up my first week post-radiation therapy. It was the worst week so far. Doc says it takes a while for the full effect of the radiation therapy to catch up in the body. However, the mouth is healing, slowly but surely. I don’t have to take pain meds as of yesterday. My taste buds have been destroyed, so everything tastes just terrible. Eating is terribly difficult, physically and taste wise. I was not a fussy eater and was a real foodie before, so I hope that they will regrow, as they often do after radiation. Otherwise, I will fade away as a stick! Maybe I could then slide down the banks of the dunes at White Sands!


10 comments posted




Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Georgianne, I'm SO pleased to see you joining us. Welcome back!
It has to be an awful side-effect, things tasting terrible, especially as eating is now more possible. I love interesting foods and especially chocolate deserts; like you , I would definitely miss them both.

I like your minimalist image, full of interesting textures and lines in the sand. Those NM white sand dunes are indeed amazing. I remember we slid down them on a piece of discarded cardboard some many years ago; it was fun!

So, about improving the photo - in my opinion, I feel the driftwood needs some tidying up (cloning away the stray bits of grass and finding (or creating) a little detail in the blacks. I imagine it being a fish going upstream to spawn (as the salmon do here in Sequim). Therefore, I've made the "banks" of the stream darker by adding separate levels adj layers on each sides of the center (in the luminosity blend mode, so the color doesn't change). I also added a bit of contrast into the bright area at the bottom left corner to make it look like the fish's wake.
  Posted: 07/02/2021 18:08:36
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Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I really like your enhancements, especially the brightening of the smooth trail behind that moving stick! Thanks for the suggestions!   Posted: 07/12/2021 12:57:02



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
I am so glad you are doing better and you are back. I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I hope your photography will take your mind off all of that for a while. Take care. I love this image. I tried to get more detail in the stick. I took the black brush and darken the sand lines. I also gave the stick a little more room. This is a beautiful image.   Posted: 07/07/2021 16:24:25
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Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Thanks Linda. I like the added contrast and the bright tail around the moving wood. The detail in the stick is also nice. I wasn't sure about bringing out that detail, as it does fight a bit against the minimalist approach. But your enhancements do look nice.   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:07:59
Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Thanks Linda. I like the added contrast and the bright tail around the moving wood. The detail in the stick is also nice. I wasn't sure about bringing out that detail, as it does fight a bit against the minimalist approach. But your enhancements do look nice.   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:08:00



Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Woohoo!! No more radiation. It does takes a while (think months, not weeks) to get back to normal, but you will make it. With no taste, you can simply find things with lots of calories to compensate for the reduced volume. You can eat all those high-calorie foods that don't taste good right now. The chocolate will wait patiently for you.
Your image is great. I had to really examine it to realize it was just a stick. It looks like a little salamander peeking over the ridges of sand. The sparkles in the sand add a dimension. I also like the adjustments that Witta and Linda made.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:40:14



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I just want to add that the beautiful dunes are always moving. This particular image was on the downside of a dune, and debris like this stick creep across that face. The white sands are actually gypsum. Gypsum is rare in a sand and it reflects very well. Hence the sands change their color to reflect the colors of the sky, which can be very vivid at sunset. The effect is slight, but beautiful.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 13:13:02



Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I just want to add that the beautiful dunes are always moving. This particular image was on the downside of a dune, and debris like this stick creep across that face. The white sands are actually gypsum. Gypsum is rare in a sand and it reflects very well. Hence the sands change their color to reflect the colors of the sky, which can be very vivid at sunset. The effect is slight, but beautiful.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 13:13:02



Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Georgianne - sending much love your way.
This is a very moving image, simple and impactful. Something I would definitely hang on my wall!   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:37:53



Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really enjoy this simple image and the edits you made. I also wanted a hint more detail of the stick and think that adds a bit more to the image.

Nicely captured!   Posted: 07/22/2021 21:29:00



 

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