Elmwood Park's snowy day - the vertical

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 16 January 2012 in Cityscape & Urban.

Per James's request, I am posting a vertical of the first image in the Elmwood Park series (http://karla.aminus3.com/image/2012-01-10.html) This is still a crop of the original, since there was a lot of snowy space at the bottom and a lot of milky white sky at the top. This is one of those images on which I used the widest possible frame --- and now am faced with several possible crops to improve on the original. In the above post, I probably treated that center tree unfairly by cutting it off at its ankles and neck. ;) Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you for visiting! Your comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.

All my images are owned/copyrighted by me and no one is allowed to use them in any form unless I have give written permission for a specific use. Thank you.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, the tree deserves to be left uncut - but the snow brings such magic that that the everyday 'rules' seem less important, somehow. I do find, though, that I have to go to 'small' to enjoy the entire image here (which switch I loathe doing) and posting to a smaller size might be more friendly ?

16 Jan 2012 6:10am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie, for your insights! I tend to agree, now that I have both versions up. Ah yes, that vertical sizing. I am working to correct it. The Photoshop action I made obviously needs adjustment. Thanks for letting me know. Having to scroll or adjust size can be rather annoying.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beauty!!!!!!!!!!!

16 Jan 2012 8:45am

@omid: Thank you, Omid, for your visit and very nice comment!! :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Suggestion - leave it alone, it looks just fine. Pretty strong actually, this is the sort of picture that will stay in my mind a couple of hours later.

16 Jan 2012 2:57pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly! That is very nice for me to hear. Looking at this version actually made me feel expansive, vs. the first severely cropped version.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Second Curly - you are the photographer - what does it say to you? best…jf

16 Jan 2012 4:06pm

@ordinaryimages: Thanks, Jim, for your comment! What does it say to me---excellent question! Maybe I was right in the first place to frame the image with room to spare!?!? With the first image, I was trying for a different crop, just to be different, I think. Also, to show the snowy detail on the branches of the evergreen. However, while editing the version here, I realized there was a delightful "room to breath" and that was a very good thing to feel while looking at the image. Plus, I could admire the full height of this old tree--a worthy moment of its own.

James from Quakertown,PA, United States

This is very nice. The vertical has a pleasing balance and the tree is serves as a focal point yet your eye moves easily to the right and into the scene. The branches in the upper left are a bit annoying but not e deal breaker. Nice winter image.


16 Jan 2012 5:58pm

@James: Thanks, Jim, for your visit and comment. Those branches were even more annoying before cropping! ;) With more time and thought, I might have shifted a bit or changed the zoom. It's definitely something I need to pay more attention to. I appreciate your comments here very much!

franz from Baden, Austria

definitely a good decision, karla!

16 Jan 2012 7:25pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz!

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

This crop works. So does the image. Nicely balanced and beautiful.

16 Jan 2012 8:21pm

@Jim: Thank you, Jim. Always a quandary for me, the crop and the edits.

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Il est magnifique ainsi décoré de neige .... compliments

16 Jan 2012 10:27pm

@mimicy: Merci, Mimicry! The snow does a fine job of decorating, as if with white frosting.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That chills me to the bone. Well done.

17 Jan 2012 12:06am

@Ana Lúcia: Hello, Ana Lúcia! The sun was hiding, so no warmth in the air. Even the blue sky was missing. The one good thing---there was no wind! In Nebraska we quickly learn to wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather. I was dressed warmly, with warm boots, coat, hat and mittens. :)

Kala from United States

Gorgeous framing and tones Karla.

17 Jan 2012 1:05am

@Kala: Thanks, Kala!