Wed 27-Mar-13 01:07 PM | edited Fri 29-Mar-13 01:36 AM by Bump57
The day before the official coming of Spring we had no snow on the ground. The day after the first day of Spring we had this lovely new wet 7" of snow. Mother Nature has quite the sense of humor and I thank her for that sometimes. I had a hard time dialing in WB on this one. Look forward to your thoughts....
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Hi Scott, As usual immaculate. I have one small niggle and this is the amputated boat on the right. Have you had a good reason not including it? Did you focus on the foreground? It is pin sharp. One thing is sure I would not survive snow in spring, with a wind as indicated by the water.
Your "niggle" is a very valid one. Here is the reasoning to why it happend. Just out of the frame on the very lower right was a very large bird house that had fallen and was laying on the ground which didn't fit for what I wanted. I actually cloned out part of it. At first I even thought about not including the front of the boats, I just wanted to show the snow on the boats as some added interest. But I ended up liking the part of the boat that was not covered in snow and the curving snow line right in front of it. Another reason was I wanted to show the boats but not really all three, there is another one you can't see. I thought if I included all of them they might steal thunder from the water and snow covered trees across the way, this seemed like a good compromise at the time. Also just out of the frame in the upper right was part of the dam which didn't look right in the composition. I guess I was just after a nice clean composition. Do you think it would help if I toned down the yellow on the boat or even desaturated it all together? Or may just turn the whole thing B&W?
A very nice scene. This would be a typical autumn scene in Finland, with the river totally free of ice.
I am in Lapland for skiing, both XC and downhill. Here spring has "advanced" very far, in the sense that the trees have very little snow on them, only the thickest ice sculptures remain. Today, shortly before we returned to our cottage, I shot some white-throated dippers "fishing" (diving for larvae) from open patches of a local river. When I approached the river, on my skis, I probed the height of the snow. I could press my 160cm (5' 4") ski poles into the snow such that about 40cm (16") was visible. There is thus 4ft of snow remaining. People will be skiing here until mid-May.
I too would like to see more of the boat on the right; no reshooting, as I'm sure the snow is melting. It's so close to being monochromatic; I wonder if you could spot-desaturate the boats and not touch the rest?
Yes, the snow is mostly gone. I am going to see what I can do to improve the area where the yellow spot is. With several of you now with the same thought I have to wonder if the over all image now has merit or is even worth the time as the problem with the boat is still there, just a different color. Yes I can certainly remove only the yellow but is the thought of needing to see the whole boat still an issue after that? If so why bother to remove the yellow?
I like this version a lot. The cut-off boat adds a little tension to the composition. I find myself looking along the curve of the lower shoreline, back across the trees, at the underwater rocks, and then at the boats & the water some more. There's more to see in this image than the first glance, which makes it interesting.
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IMO, No and Yes. Would you keep the title? If so, the very subtle colors on the distant shore lend themselves to the notion that spring is close, but not quite here. Might you add a bit of saturation to those colors, or some additional areas of color? (If you were to convert to B&W, I think you would need a different title!)
Sun 31-Mar-13 12:04 AM | edited Sun 31-Mar-13 12:07 AM by Bump57
Truth be told I am terrible with titles. This one was more of me being sarcastic because we got 7 inches of snow the day after spring. I see what you mean about having a little more color on the far side if it was truly the title. I'm not sure the color is there, especially at this size. I did bring up the color of the remaining brown leaves that you already spotted. Not sure if they would go up any more, they are pretty small in the frame. I will look at it though. Out of curiosity if I did change it to b&W what to you see as a title?
Thanks for your comments Fred, they are appreciated!
Edit: Nope, there is no more color to be had back there.
>Out of curiosity if I did change it to b&W what to you see as a >title?
Not so good with titles either, but other than something really unoriginal such as "Winter on the Lake" I might try to tie it in with the boats. Maybe "Not Quite Ready to Launch" or "Waiting for Spring"?
Thank you so much for your comments. I am happy you see so much in this image. Interesting view point about the cut off boat. This image has not been cropped. So it was my intent to capture it as you see it. I never thought once about how the missing front of the boat might be perceived by others while taking it. It is just one more of the many things one may have to consider while composing a shot.