The Colours of Spring



I made this image over the Easter long weekend this past April. We spent the weekend in British Columbia, camping on a friend’s acreage which has an old, abandoned rail line running through it and this simple image was made during a walk along those old train tracks. I was really attracted to the vibrant colours of the shrubs along the way. The yellow ones are willows and I think the red ones are dogwoods, but I’m really not sure.

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Handheld with a Canon 5Dmk4 and the nifty fifty.


Looks like Easter, Tom. Lovely colors, detail and layering.

Tom, love the color palette and images like these especially.

Really vibrant and beautiful.

A very nice little scene you have captured here. It is sometimes hard to find out what to chose to include in this type of nature. I think you have made a good choice, letting the tree to the left and the yellow bush to the right framing the scene.


As others have already commented, the colors are wonderful here! Willow for sure, but not sure about dogwood - probably not, but then I’m no expert! I also think the variety of vegetation condensed in to a single frame works very well. Although the composition is a little unorganzed (lack of a better word), it does allow for the eye to easily explore all the color and details.

I played with a crop, but couldn’t come up with anything significantly better. These are the types of images that are so difficult to not only find, but then compose. I think you did well to capture this one.


This is terrific Tom. I can certainly see what drew you to take this image. As others have noted, the vibrant colors are the standout here. There is a distinct foreground and background which I find appealing in the image with the background trees providing a less chaotic pallet for the foreground brush to lie on. I really like that centered tree and am thinking you could crop into a portrait with that tree as the main subject. The orange bush on the right feels a little bit heavy to me so if you have more canvas to the left that could be added to the frame I think it would be better balanced but I understand if there is just chaos there. As @Lon_Overacker said, these types of scene can be very difficult to compose and I think you’ve done an outstanding job given the busy nature of this scene. I hope you don’t mind but I’ve included a couple of crops that may or may not help.

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@linda_mellor , @Mario_Cornacchione , @Mike_Friel , @Ola_Jovall , @Lon_Overacker , @David_Haynes - thank you all for your comments and feedback and I apologize for taking so long to reply. I’ve been busy with work and such and time got away from me.

David - I really like your suggested crops, especially the second horizontal one. I might just go in that direction! :slight_smile: