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"The Forest Floor in May" or "A Picture of Two Halves"

By RonnieAG
I leave the choice of title to you.......although it is an image of two halves, I think it does work as a whole but I'd appreciate any opinion offered on that score.
It was taken last evening when I squelched in my wellies for an hour or so through the woods in Pollok Country Park.
And there's not a Spanish Invader in sight.

My thanks to all who commented on my Spanish Invader image and I offer special thanks to Ann {pluckyfilly} for her User Award which is much appreciated.

Ronnie.

PS: the image is cropped top and bottom from the original, has had shadows lightened slightly and highlights marginally subdued. Taken on a tripod at 1/10 sec. Otherwise as captured in camera. Although it was sunny, the sun did not reach the forest floor and the lighting was even. There has been some loss of contrast on uploading this image.......it looks a more vibrant on my Mac.

Tags: Glasgow Bluebells Ferns Landscape and travel Pollok country park North wood

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Comments


13 May 2014 12:10AM
Beautiful scene Ron, a fine composition,
Fred.

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mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
13 May 2014 12:34AM
You will know I don't give critiques Ronnie but as this is the reason for your upload here I do feel obligated to give one !!
The ''half and half'' does not bother me but the tree trunk at the left does.I feel it gives the pic a bit of an ''unbalanced'' look but I know it would be too much to expect having another tree trunk at the right to even things out.
Just my opinion my good friend and I do feel that anyone uploading in the critigue gallery must be disappointed if every comment was ''great shot'' !!
Mick.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 12:59AM
Never tire of these beautiful scenes of bluebell woods. Like Mike what what do I know about critique. I only know what I like.
Peter.
13 May 2014 1:00AM
I'm not sure Ronnie. But I may have tried making a square crop by cropping off the right side til square. I do like the green branches against the black shadow.
nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
13 May 2014 4:47AM
I agree about the two halves, Ronnie. You coudl make two out of one.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
13 May 2014 6:41AM
A lovely woodland scene Ronnie, very nice indeed. Hopefully the bluebells will still be around the week after next as I am away over the border to support my wife and friends who are walking the West Highland Way. I have failed miserably to get a decent bluebell shot this year and I'm hoping to remedy that whilst in Scotland.

Andy
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 7:10AM
love the comp ronnie wonderful colours and tones works for me a belter nice one Wink
andy
Your two halves could make a fine Triptych?
I do like to be different too.

Dougie
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 7:19AM
I very much like what I see and that's the most important thing about an image. Beautifully presented. Smile
13 May 2014 7:25AM
They gave up on me in art classes at school, Ronnie and the only 'balance' I know about is on a bicycle Wink
I just like looking at your Bluebells on the forest floor. The rest is a backdrop to this woodland 'stage' Smile

Simon
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
13 May 2014 7:43AM
A fine crop and presentation, Ronnie. Carol
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 55 13 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 7:44AM
My only suggestion is a slight crop on the left of the image, just before the fern, like the image though RonnieSmile

Cliff
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 8:26AM
No matter what the title, the image speaks for itself and it is a beautiful capture and presentation, Ronnie.

Ray
ali63 Plus
4 741 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 9:23AM
A beautiful carpet of Bluebells it works for me SmileSmile

Ali
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
13 May 2014 9:42AM
I have no problem with the composition, Ronnie. The trunk on the left provides an anchor/hinge and a diagonal balance to the horizontal nature of the image. The fern on the trunk is well placed on a third as well. The image is bright and vibrant on my monitor, I wouldn't want it 'turned up' any more, and the darks in the trees give it all a lovely depth. I'd be well pleased if I'd taken this.

Dave
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
13 May 2014 10:15AM
I like it Ronnie, if I had been there I would have captured it exactly like you have...I like the tree on the left...
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
13 May 2014 11:02AM
Time of year Ronnie, coloured natureSmile
Ron
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
13 May 2014 12:41PM
I think sometimes with this type of woodland shot ' less is more ' Ronnie.
I would go for a crop on the RH side to tighten the scene up a little. It may be a bluebell scene but the fern and stump are major elements in this, so the crop places them better in the frame for me.
I have done a mod to show what I mean to see what you think, I have made a slight levels adj too.
Brian.
CaroleS Plus
6 420 3 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 12:59PM
My only comment would be that my eye is drawn to the space on the left of the tree. The fern is on the third and does balance the comp, the colours and light are spot on in my opinion. Having tried to get some woodland bluebell shots, I know it is far from easy - I like this one!
Carole
13 May 2014 2:01PM
A beautiful carpet of blue Ronnie..Lin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
13 May 2014 3:01PM
Well worth squelching about in your wellies for, Ronnie! A nicely composed and presented shot, showing that lovely carpet of bluebells in their environment - works for me SmileSmile
Trev Smile
13 May 2014 5:28PM
The Ferns really do break up the Blue very nicely Ronnie, making it an even better composition. A lovely image.

John Smile
danbrann Plus
11 619 17
13 May 2014 5:55PM
Classic Spring Ronnie. Superb.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
13 May 2014 6:41PM
I love this picture it's natural and the woodland is not dense enough to take the eye from the main subject - being bluebells!
You mention this being in 2 halves but without the trees it would not work in the same way, I think you have the colour exactly right - my congrats Ronnie

I like giving critique, much better than just great pictureWink I would like to be a judge of competitions but I am not brave enough when it comes to speaking publiclySmile
13 May 2014 7:11PM
bejaysus a tripod and willies on the dark side good god man this is gettin serious if it had been twa hoffs and an a pint I maybe could have commented hic!, but its nae. So am giving ye a mod which is nae better that yer original, but ye asked fer wan so ye got it TongueWink

Like it Ronnie good saturation and natural colours

Graham
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
13 May 2014 7:52PM
One of the best Bluebell Wood images I have seen on here. You have captured the blue perfectly ~ not easy.

Albert
banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3492 Canada
13 May 2014 8:18PM
Hi Ronnie.

Sorry for the delay in the CT getting to this, - it appeared to be a regular upload with all these comments!

What browser are you using on the Mac ( iMac?), this could be causing a difference in how you see the uploaded image. On our iMac, I dare not use Safari because it doesnt render images on EPZ quite like Firefox with colour management enabled.

It does seem to have lost sharpness, as Im sure the original is a lot crisper, - its quite soft. Its not unacceptably soft, but it needs to be sharper.

Apart from that, I would prefer more exposure, - its a little under. It works as it is if the intended effect is a dark image, but brighter works too, though it has a different mood.

I can see why Brian cropped it; i tried a crop off the left, as I think that trunk is rather dominant, but it looks like what you have works best without taking the shot over again.

The mod is simply sharper, with an increase in exposure.


regards


Willie
13 May 2014 10:10PM
Ronnie, most things have been said, this is a lovely images that makes you feel like perhaps the cold had gone and new life begins....


Paul.
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 324 England
13 May 2014 10:51PM
Looks vibrant and contrasty on my screen (PC and Firefox).

This is an image where 'half and half' looks fine. A crop to obey the 'thirds' results in a less appealing image. The fern and trunk on the left prevent the whole image being half and half and provide a nice focal point, and the fern is on a third if we want to go that route!

Nice one.

Keith
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
14 May 2014 7:20AM
Really like the inclusion of the green foliage and placement of the fern off centre. It balances the image well. It also compliments the blue very well. What a wonderful carpet of blue. Worth the wellies trek. Great work Ronnie. paul
15 May 2014 6:36PM
Ronnie this is a lovely shot showing the extent of the bluebells and their lovely habitat. I also don't believe there is a wrong and a right way - I believe the idea is to see and capture something that makes a statement - in this case a joyful one. I would have made a second picture with some of the right side trimmed away to give a more classic composition and let people choose - and I bet you would have received a wide spectrum of opinion! A
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 May 2014 9:57PM
A very fine composition Ronnie, I like it just the way it isSmile
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 7:13PM
A beautiful woodland composition Ronnie.

Phil.

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