Laurie McShane  

Desolate by Laurie McShane

November 2021 - Desolate

About the Image(s)

This image, called "Desolate", was shot from a moving bus on the coast of Spain. It was a dreary, rainy day and there was something about seeing this man staring out at the ship that just seemed so very lonely. I cleaned up some of the stray branches on the trees, and added some clarity to the flagstones. There is quite a bit of noise, but it kind of fits with the rainy day. Would it be better to try and get the trees out of there altogether, or let them frame the scene? I look forward to your opinions.

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9 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I think this is highly successful to express the feeling in the title. You might try removing the trees--I am not sure. How about a closer crop--just an alternative--what do you think?   Posted: 11/05/2021 14:31:24
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Laurie McShane
Thanks, Stephen. I went back and forth on the trees....glad you commented on it   Posted: 11/05/2021 14:47:32

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
Laurie, your capture of "desolate" is indeed desolate. Nice message/image. I liked what Stephen did, but I rather like the framing by the leafless trees. Maybe just a crop up from the bottom to remove the distractions at the base of the trees.   Posted: 11/05/2021 14:46:18
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Andrew. Appreciate your ideas   Posted: 11/05/2021 14:48:51

Kathleen Colligan
I like seeing the trees frame it too. The dark trees definitely add to the emotion/message . I agree with Andrew's suggestion of cropping base of trees. Your photo surely tells a story of desolation on a rainy and dreary day.   Posted: 11/08/2021 05:15:42

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
I really like this shot and the overall theme you are trying to convey.

Also, I do think that the trees frame this image nicely, so I would opt for leaving them in the shot. But I would agree with Andrew that this shot could be cropped to eliminate the base of the trees.

The only thing I did notice is that the image is slightly crooked - the fence line is leaning to the right.

  Posted: 11/11/2021 13:29:31
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Greg.... Missed that!   Posted: 11/13/2021 09:03:57

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
I'd also keep the trees, they frame the person and the ship perfectly. What a story this image conjures up in my mind. There is a whole novel in this one shot. Fantastic image!   Posted: 11/12/2021 20:00:33
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Keith!   Posted: 11/13/2021 09:04:35