Make : NIKON CORPORATION
Model : NIKON D800
Date Time Original : 2014-02-16 15:29:25
Focal Length : 31/1
Exposure Time : 1/250
F Number : 5.6
Iso Speed Ratings : 100
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 31
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Copyright 2014 Wolfgang Arnold - CC BY-SA 3.0
Software : Aperture 3.5.1
Published: Sunday 9th of March 2014 04:16:46 PM
I really like it as is. The walls (green and brown/red break), and floor are geometric, while the tree's shadow is creating movement and dynamics to the whole.
Interesting melange of human/nature combination.
Fred, Pnina, Marjolein,
Many thanks for your comments. Initially, I had this in a hidden folder, therefore, Fred you probably didn't notice it earlier.
While I'm usually more a black & white guy, I also found that here the colours add a lot to the atmosphere.
@Marjolein: yes, I laughed :) - damn, despite working some time during postprocessing and closely examining details, I didn't notice this (at least consciously) myself... you've forever changed the way, I'll look at this photo ;-).
many thanks for your comment - in fact, I'm still experimenting with the subject and working on finding right balance between the shadow and the context. I might post one or two other shots of the same 'scene' - yet this is the one focusing most on the shadow. The rainpipe is indeed a bit distracting - I might play with cropping (or photoshopping...)
Wolfgang, you probably will laugh, but my first thought was that you could have put this one in the 'nude' category, as the shadow (on the wall beyond) casts a rather 'intriguing shadow'... ;-)
It initially put a different perspective on this, and seemed to dwarf the rest of the scenery, in some fashion...
When I let go of that perception, what strikes me most is the alluring way the intertwined shadows of the branches work against the austerity of the stone & brick wall(s) & background, this being further enhanced by the overall warmth of the sun reflected in that salmon-color..
( I much like the soft overall color pallet of your photo and think that a grey wall for example, would have created an altogether different atmosphere).
I for one as well appreciate the vertical lines (color contrasts and textures) of both pipe and pole, & would definitely keep them in the photo.
Like Marjolein, I'm not so sure the rainpipe is distracting, actually; I find it a nice counter-balance for the more random shadows, the colour of the walls, the red-white pole.... Something austere and almost serious in an otherwise pretty festive photo. Even the straight lines of the walls don't strike me as austere.. the rainpipe is the only one keeping a straight face.
I really like what you're onto here; it's a real springtime photo, but only implicitely so, like blossom before the fruit.
If you were presented with a bare wall and asked to decorate it with something, I don't think you could beat nature as it is presented here.
I wonder how a closer crop would look that would eliminate everything but the wall the shadow and the pipe?
Very well observed and captured!
Bare Tree + Shadow Two of my recent favourite subjects merge here: 'bare trees' and 'light and shadow' - more to follow...