The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.
This was a photo I took on a very recent trip to some mountains in Tasmania, where I woke up to everything covered in frost. I came across the Scoparia shrub and its various roots and branches just as its leaves started to catch the rising sun. The juxtaposition between the warm, golden sunlight and the cool frost that covered the bush was what attracted me to this subject. I tried to compose it so that the exposed branches of the bush could be followed by the viewer to explore the rest of the frame, without trying to compete with the light in the image and vice versa. When photographing this subject, I waited until the sun started to illuminate the left side of the frame as well as the right so that it remained balanced, although I am unsure if the significantly larger amount of light on the right of the frame actually is balanced by the left.
I would appreciated all feedback, including on the aesthetic qualities of the image, if the juxtaposition between the frost and the light works and creates an interesting subject, as well as if the composition helps achieve this or if it is unbalanced and should be cropped or altered some other way.
Hi Keenan! I like this image a lot. The warm vs cool colors and the bare branches reaching into the rest of the frame work really well. In my opinion, the cool tones overwhelm warm tones a bit, and the bright yellow in the grass on the left edge distracts a little from the rest of the image. Both issues can be solved by cropping off the left. I think this would make a fine image even better.
I agree with Steve. The slight bit of warm light on the left side is more distracting than balancing. I think I would crop this to a horizontal 4x5 format which offsets the main cool-colored branches and sets a more dynamic flow from the cool colors to the warm branches in the URC. I downloaded and cropped your image. to illustrate what I am talking about.
Gorgeous image! I agree with the crop, or perhaps do slightly less and clone out some of the tips. I wonder about slightly taming the brightest warm tones, mostly in the UR corner. Maybe even with a slight desaturation there. This was a wonderful find!
Hi Diane, thank you for the feedback! I have desatured most of the warm tones and reduced the luminance slightly. I think taming the warm tones was a good idea, and the image feels more uniform in terms of saturation now.
I like it but I also like the color version too. The very bright area in the LR edge is an eye magnet. Burning down the that very bright area may help reduce its pull. I also like the rework of the color version.