> Paved in Snow by Karen Montalvo
Paved in Snow by Karen Montalvo
Canon EOS 50D
1/100s f/10.0 at 50.0mm iso100
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Generally, I, too, have trouble with tilted images ... but here it works just beautifully, adding an enormous amount of visual appeal to what could be just an ordinary photograph. I agree with Jeff about the chain link fence. It may not be "in your face" visible, but it adds a distracting line between the grass horizon and the snow horizion further on.
As I scroll up and down on this image, I find that when the bottom of the image up to that first piece of debris or rock or whatever it is in the bottom of the frame is eliminated (cropped), decreasing the amount of snow in the foreground, the image becomes more interesting. It seems to emphasize the path even more. Kinda of a "less is more" phenomonon. I find the exposure and the overall softness of this image to be right on. The gate/fence(?) offers not only foreground interest, but also an invitation to follow the path.
You've captured a gentle, peaceful mood here, Karen. Very nice work. ...lpk
Karen, I echo Dave's comments. This is a great example of how to take a simple scene and make it an interesting image. My only additonal comment is that the horizontal (to the ground) chain link fence top by the trees is distracting to me. It would be a trivial thing to clone out and would keep the viewers eyes from being drawn to it. jvk
Well, I keep tilting my head to see if I'd like this as well as I do if it weren't artificially tilted. I do like the title for it, and the textures in the weeds v. the fence. Its frustrating me because it looks like it should be an ordinary snapshot and instead its a damn fine abstract with rich spatial relationships. Note how the foreground path tilts against the snowy field back there. I've gotten educated while looking at it. Thank you, Karen! - db