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Dockey Wood

By mark2uk
Popped over to Dockey Wood in Ashridge.

Not the usual display I'm afraid, the weather has got them confused.
Some aren't out yet, others are past there best. Need a quick spell of decent sunshine.

Used the tracks as a lead in. All comments appreciated.


Tags: Flowers Bluebells Trees Ashridge Flowers and plants Sony a350 Dockey wood

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netta1234 10 382 2 Wales
5 May 2012 9:43PM
Fantastic scene ,I like the track to lead you in to the wood's .Is there a person at the far end?It would proberbly look good if that person was a little bit closer to the camera SmileThere arent as many of them around here either,I blame the weather
paskinmj 13 11 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 10:59PM
Nice composition.
pablophotographer 11 2.0k 428
6 May 2012 12:09AM

I think there are nice details of colour in your picture such as the bright green foliage on the trees but I was looking at the bottom for quite a bit to distinguish if the brown lines were plants or something else. I have understood they are tyre marks. Before understanding this I was thinking to suggest you to shoot from a lower point. You might had been already low when you took this picture. If that car was yours I would have shot it like appearing crushed against the trees.

I think your horizon leans a little bit to the right.

I'd ask you to consider a black and white version or an infrared.
canonfan 12 7 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 12:35AM
Very well composed and captured
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 12:16PM
Overall, this works very well and the symmetrical composition is natural and sensible. I have just a few little suggestions.

- A little more depth of field would be nice, to get the foreground sharp.

- The lead-in takes us to a point in the background that's very close to what seems to be a person standing in the distance. I find that person rather distracting as he or she doesn't really fit in. Best cloned out, I think.

- It looks like it's leaning to the left: the ground slopes that way and most of the trees are leaning. Although the ground may well be a gentle hill and trees don't necessarily grow vertically, especially if there's a prevailing wind, I think the photo would feel more relaxed if it was straightened.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2256 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 2:14PM
I have bluebells growing in profusion in my garden, Mark.
At least you found some in the woods, and also managed to get a nice picture of them. The image has a tranquil atmosphere, the feeling of strolling through the bluebell woods and smelling the flowers, and I like the depth of the background trees compared to the openness of the foreground.
Without any Exif data, it's difficult to advise you, but I'd like to have seen more of the image in focus. The focus seems to be in the middle front, on the bluebells and path, then it starts to tail off, with detail only on the left foreground tree trunk. Maybe this was your intention, and that's ok if you like it that way, but a smaller aperture would enable you to get more of the scene in focus. Alternatively, manually focusing about 1/3 in is the best way to get scenes sharp from front to back.
The lead in is obviously ideal, but, like others, I feel that a figure walking along the path would be a real bonus.
I also feel the image would benefit from some added contrast and boosting of the colours.
In my modification, I straightened the image using the top line of the bluebells, cropped to achieve one third trees and two thirds bluebells on the vertical, then added some contrast and saturation.
mark2uk 16 1.1k 8 England
8 May 2012 11:51AM
Thanks for the comments - they are very much appreciated.

Teh image does need straightening - that is such a simple failure on my behalf. I was in a hurry to upload something and forgot to check the basics.
I alos should of cloned out any people in the distance......

Quote:manually focusing about 1/3 in is the best way to get scenes sharp from front to back.

Never knew this - will definitely give it a go.

YorkshireSam 12 110 3 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2012 1:44PM
I can only echo what has been said re the clarity and focus but since you wished to learn how else it might be improved I've done a modification and have added these notes...

The symmetrical composition placed all emphasis on the tracks in my opinion and was poor in both symmetry and in being sloped down to the right.
My natural liking for off centring things made me immediately look at a crop. Once cropped I hit auto tone in photoshop and that gave the added contrast.
I next selected the tracks and dropped the saturation in those to diminish their prominence a touch and give some attention back to the flowers and trees.
Next I selected the central area and tweaked the levels to add subtle variation to the overall lighting.
Lastly I cloned out the intruders.

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