Spring Colors-2



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I spent some time in early spring photographing the colors that appear in the trees as they leaf out. Though these are not a bold as fall colors, I often find them more interesting. I posted one of these a few weeks ago. Here’s a second image.

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All feedback is welcome. In terms of composition, the trunk of the tree dominates the center, which I think gives structure. But on the other hand, it’s the least colorful part of an image that is supposed to be about color. So does that work?

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Sony A7riv with a Tamron 70-180 lens at 180 mm, f/4 and 1/200th second.
Processed in Lightroom. Mostly exposure and contrast adjustments, with a little bit of masked adjustments to balance out the exposure.

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I like where you were going with this image Will. The colors of spring are more subtle, but just as lovely as those that appear in the fall. I do not mind seeing the tree trunk because as you said it gives structure and it is surrounded by the emerging spring leaves. I could see a little crop from the right and left sides to get rid of the brighter BG area and the dark limbs exiting the frame in the ULC and the URC. I hope you do not mind, but here is a rework with what I was thinking. I also boosted the saturation in the yellows just a little. Just my opinion of course. I like the mood you created here; I find it very relaxing.

Oops, sorry Will. I posted the wrong rework. Here is the one I meant to post.

Hi Will,
This is a wonderful shot. I love these fresh spring colors.

The trunk in the center of the picture doesn’t bother me either.
And I also like what @Ed_Lowe did with your image.

In addition, and this is entirely a matter of taste, the picture could benefit from a slightly cooler temperature.

This adds a bit to the color separation between the yellows and the greens.

A very spring feel to this image, Will, and I’ve always liked the variations in spring colors. As mentioned by others the trunk is not dominant enough to be a problem and it does add structure. I see where Ed was going with his crop, but I don’t find the branches leaving the frame to be much of an issue for me. I really like what he did with the yellows and though the cooler temperature that Jens suggested does increase the color separation, it’s not how I perceive spring. Spring is all about yellow-green and the cooler temperature results in more separation than feels right to me.

Thank you all for your replies. They’ve been very helpful in editing this image.

@Ed_Lowe , I like your crop, and I’ve used it in the dit. I also increased the saturation of the yellows, as you suggested.

@Jens_Ober , I moved the color a bit cooler in two ways. First, I did slightly reduce the color temperature. But I also used a technique I learned from some of Michael Frye’s online Lightroom classes (which I highly recommend). I used point color to select the greens and then moved their tint more to the green. I think this works well for increasing color separation.

@Dennis_Plank , I’m glad the Spring feel came through. I think the colors that convey Spring growth are different than those we look for in the Fall, though some can be as vibrant. In general though, for these images I am using a lighter hand on contrast and saturation.

I’m still thinking of gathering a group of these Spring color images into a project, but its really helpful to get comments on the individual images to make them as strong as possible

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Very nice Will, it looks like a waterfall of subtle color. I like the edit.

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