Laurie McShane  

Entangled by Laurie McShane

January 2022 - Entangled

About the Image(s)

This image, "Entangled", was taken in Door County, Michigan in August. I've never seen anything like these green rocks and loved how they were all entangled with the roots of the trees. I considered cropping in from the left and up from the bottom, but kind of like seeing the boundaries of the rocks. It was taken at 45mm, F8, 1/320 sec, ISO 6400. I took down the highlights behind the trees, and increased exposure of the rocks. I look forward to your suggestions.

8 comments posted

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
This is indeed an interesting photo. I really like how you have composed the shot which allows the viewer to focus on the entangled rocks and vines.

However, I do have a couple of suggestions:

1. The background (sky) is blown out. You may consider adding a layer to reduce the exposure of the sky to darken it slightly and bring out more detail;

2. I would also suggest increasing the saturation or vibrance to bring out the beautiful colors in the rocks and vines.

Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/01/2022 13:41:31

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
One more question. What was your rationale for shooting at ISO 6400?   Posted: 01/01/2022 13:48:48
Laurie McShane
I appreciate your comments. I don't have Photoshop, and so don't have the ability to add layers. I did try to darken the highlights,but will see how it goes to crop the top trees/sky out entirely. I'll also increase the vibrance. As far as the ISO 6400, that was not a conscious decision, and I was as surprised as anyone to see that that is what happened. I try to shoot strictly in manual, and sometimes settings get away from me.

Thanks!   Posted: 01/02/2022 13:28:49

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
The roots are an intriguing path into the picture. I think this has a lot of potential to be stronger. A couple of thoughts.

1. Burning in the sky area (top 1/3 of the photo) would help reduce the brightness impact of the bald sky. But, it may be hard to do. Give it a try.
2. Try cropping much of the sky out of the image if you do not like #1,
3. I think the overall image is underexposed...I think the implied "forest light" and the roots would be more mysterious and compelling (you can tell I am now "seeing and feeling" this through my eyes, not yours, proof you have captured my interest and imagination!)
  Posted: 01/02/2022 13:09:29

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
Agree with the comments about the sky. For my preference, I'd probably also darken the main part of the image (the ground including the roots and rocks) just a tiche. To me this looks like a woods or forest scene and darkening it would add to that feeling. The rocks are perfectly saturated to my liking. Finally, just a hint of sharpening for the ground areas might be nice.   Posted: 01/08/2022 19:40:40

Kathleen Colligan
I have thought about this interesting photo for awhile and don't really have any different suggestions than listed above. The reason I have thought about it is that I would have taken a photo too if I ever saw something in nature like this. Lucky you to witness this.   Posted: 01/12/2022 05:06:12

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Superb image , you really brought life into the roots of the jungle   Posted: 01/16/2022 00:15:44

Lena Sha
Laurie, im a fan of subjects like this. The tree's survival in harsh conditions, never stop amused me. Well seen!!
I understand that green rocks trigger your attention, but i still wondering if you would increase the contrast and convert it in black and white? something to think about..   Posted: 01/16/2022 13:31:07


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