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When I came across this path on a walk one sunday morning I knew I had to make an image and it would have to be a mono.
Two versions uploaded. I am curious to know which version you lot think is the stronger.
V2 for me
Love this scene. V2 for me too...
Stands out from the crowd. Makes an amazing impact.
I actually like the stark white on the road in V1.
Ex. mono & V2 for me....
definitely v1 for me Derek its beautifully classy, I think losing the brooding clouds at the top gives a cleaner and stronger comp...both superb but v1 is a creative piece of art
Like version #2, some how, feels more complete
Excellent capture, V2 for me
Many thanks for the GEA Rob. A lovely surprise.
Both work in their own way Derek, and for me V1 has the stronger lead in V2 has a good balance and may be more pleasing to the eye.
Good choice of mono too
Definitely version 2 for me.
A small crop, yet it gives a very different mood between the two images. I really like V2 for it's composition - it's a very good image and fits the frame perfectly. V1 has a darker, looming feel to it (yet the moody clouds are removed - don't you just love those counter-intuitive surprises).
Composition and post processing combined to make a sublime image. I wish it were mine.
For me, V1 is the stronger of the two ... it has much more presence (although they're both beautiful). There's such a stark simplicity about the whole composition; it's sublime and dreamlike and the way you've processed it works amazingly well. It wouldn't be the same in colour at all.
And yes, I also wish it was mine!
Striking effective work which has a surrealist feel thanks to the perfect and bright lines of the path and the high contrast obscuring most of the texture in the grass which might distract from the vector. I think V2 is the most effective. All the elements have more room to breathe, V1 is just a bit claustrophobic for my liking. In V2 you can see how the the cloud shapes above the trees echo the shape of the foliage and that adds further interest and vieweing pleasure.
Two great images Derek. I personally prefer V2, where the trees are smaller on the horizon, therefore look further away, thereby giving the image more depth than V1. The clouds in V2 also offer greater interest. Congratulations on your awards.
V2 for me. I love the longer lead in and composition. I think the horizon needs a touch of straightening though.
Partial to v2 for me Derek..
Thank you everyone especially Adam and Alan for their awards.
Interesting that the majority opinion seems to favour V2. My personal preference is for V1..but only just.
The colour file really dosnt look that interesting to be honest.
I had seen this view on a previous walk and had a clear vision in my head of what I wanted the finished image to look like. So when I visited again and saw the colour and light was quite bland when I took this but I was only interested in the composition/shapes so that wasn't a problem.
The post processing was fairly quick involving cloning out another walker and a couple of bushes and then boosting the contrast and adding a subtle sepia filter.
v2 for me as well, Derek, as Richard said, it is more pleasing to the eye with a better balance. Adding the extra sky gives a darkness to the top edge keeping your eye in the frame, and the extra height emphasises the sinuosity of the path.
I'm a real sucker for lead-in lines (although mine tend to be of the ' straight line to the horizon' variety - I have a project on the go on this very subject). However, there is something very soothing about an elongated 'S' (IMO anyway ) and the way it leads the eye in. V2 is my favourite - well worth a vote!
Cracking shot !!....lovely lead in via the winding path....but the sky in V2 adds a lot to the image for me !!!!.
Tidy photo Derek....love that never ending lead in !!
Both excellent but slight preference for V2
Simple and beautiful Derek. Well done
Very difficult to choose, Derek, as both have real merit. That sky in V2 is certainly very dramatic the way you've processed it, but for me it's almost as though there are two different styles competing... a clean and detached graphic study against the emotive drama of the sky. That kind of conflict creates a tension that can work, I'm just not so sure that it does here, for me at least.
I do like the slightly darker processing of V2, and I think the proportions of the frame suit the image better, but on balance I think I'd go for V1... though maybe crop a bit from the right hand side, say to about half way between the trees and the edge of the frame. That would balance the horizon and give you the better proportions of V2. It would also transfer some of the weight of the path away from the bottom edge which would improve the balance further.
But they really are both good. You pays yer money, you takes yer choice.
v2 I think but I can't put my finger on why
Deliberately hadn't looked at what others thought but seems there is quite a strong preference for v2
Thanks for taking the time to comment in depth Alan. I see your point ref cropping from the right on V1. I will give that a go.
V2 for me.
Definitely V2 for me-- though both are brilliant.
Both really excellent but has to be v2 for me for all the reasons already noted.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to vote and comment and special thanks to Alun for his UA.
I think Alan puts it very well when he says...
Quote: That sky in V2 is certainly very dramatic the way you've processed it, but for me it's almost as though there are two different styles competing... a clean and detached graphic study against the emotive drama of the sky. That kind of conflict creates a tension that can work, I'm just not so sure that it does here, for me at least.
For me V1 of the image has the stronger narrative. It invites me to travel down the path on a journey toward the copse of wood at its end. The light on the wood makes the copse seem enchanting - a place that promises something should I visit it. V2 doesn't add to this narrative, but rather distracts from its simplicity - the wood loses its emphasis and has to fight with the sky for my attention (I agree the sky is well processed in V2).
I am a man of simple pleasures and the more straightforward narrative of V1 wins - for me there is no real question in terms of which is the better version.
V1 for myself!
Works really well, great image.
I like the softer feel of v1 Derek - what a wonderful find that path was - congratulations on the GEA
Striking image with great lead in lines. V1 for me as I personally find V2 over processed.
Initially I thought v2 - because it's a great sky and part of me wants to include it, but after flipping between them about 20 times - now I think V1. To me it has a stronger graphic quality and I think Alan makes a very astute comment about the competing styles. I often suffer from the problem of trying to include all the 'nice' bits and my compositions suffer as a result. V1 I think is a simpler, stronger and braver composition. To be honest, I'm not so keen on the gritty nature of the processing - but really that's a minor nit pick. Great work.
Very strong composition Derek, especially V1.
Morning Derek, I'm sorry I missed this one., it would surely have had my award. I do prefer v1, although I couldn't define why. As always a top class image.
I have only just spotted the HC award. Thank you to the EPZ team for your recognition thats really great to receive.
Splendid images both, but V1 for me, I find the clouds distracting.
Great shots, Derek, but I think V2 wins out for me.
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