Waiting to Awaken
Poudre River Trail
Yesterday Andrew and I went for a nice afternoon walk (we are both on Spring Break). We chose this wonderful section of the Poudre river trail near my daughter's school .. and then picked her up after our trip ...
Beautiful gentle walk along the big trees that surround the river ..
Everything is still brown and lifeless .. the birds are returning ..their sounds were always present on this walk .. but I am so so so ready for green ... wake up trees!!!!!!!!
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mesutilgim (89070) 2008-03-19 7:59
Hi John !
How nice to see you again, with this wonderfull b&w capture.
Here all the positive elements of a good photography can be seen. Pov, compo, light management, correct crop etc etc.
TFS and best regards
Gustaw (21670) 2008-03-19 8:52
I see next interesting photo in your gallery. It is good white and black photo. I like your long perspective. Nice and good composition. Good quality.
izmirli (3987) 2008-03-19 10:02
merhaba dear john
wonderful black white picture.wonderful trees and silhouettes.well done.
stego (24030) 2008-03-19 10:42
Wonderful compo, with those naked trees that look asleep, like you suggest. I like the imaginary visual path coming from the upper right corner to the low left. The contrast is right on the spot.
It's interesting how it looks more like Summer than Winter. Ok, in Summer trees have leaves, but they could be dry.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-03-19 12:37
Seems a fine peaceful place to wander with your son, and yes, I too am waiting for life to return after the long winter. In our climate on the west coast near Vancouver, Canada we are just beginning to see the first flowering shrubs and trees come into bloom - nice. Good capture here that certainly draws attention to the dull time of season. TFS. Gerald
bizsu (1015) 2008-03-19 14:23
Hello Dear John,
Very good B/W photo. Amazing trees. Great shot. Fantastic picture and composition. Good POV. Real spring lights. Congrat.
Take care !
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-03-20 8:54
your B&W choice is very atmospheric and works perfectly well for this composition.
Looks pretty much like some of the locations I usually bike through, north of Amsterdam, this time of the year.
Perfect crop and management of light.
Can't tell ya how much I'm ready for green (and SUNSHINE!) myself...
danyy (0) 2008-03-20 15:56
un style de traitement qui ne te ressemble pas beaucoup. Tu testes avec beaucoup de réussite et de maitrise, pas mal de styles de prises de vues et de rendus.
Ici, les contrastes de lumières sont superbes.
sarahnatalie (697) 2008-03-20 19:04
Your work, which I have recently discovered, is very beautiful. I love your collection about your son on TL. The importance of the Earth and you and your son's relationship to it is apparent in this photo. I like the lighting and perspective here. And I agree with you: Time for SPRING!
jhm (144204) 2008-03-21 0:49
I must something longer see than normally, this picture is absolutely very specially.
What a wonderful image with the trees against the sky, you write that this picture a colour image but I think more to B & W.
Do my think to my youth around the farm of my father, very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Easter weekend,
evanrizo (456) 2008-03-22 1:33
the idea to post it on B/W make the leafless trees more effective and more impressive.
Very good idea to post it in B/W and from this angle.
Have a nice weekend.
AROBN54 (11473) 2008-03-22 7:50
what a cool shot in B&W. I like the line of trees with the bare, starkness of the limbs. It really suits your note and your longing for spring. We are a lot futher into it here, but there are still bare trees and birds you can hear, but not see. Very nicely done!! Many thanks and have a wonderful Easter.
Buin (42362) 2008-03-22 8:22
I like these "nearly"-silhouettes very much! This must be a wonderful place. You should show us this in colours in some weeks! ;-)
Don't be impatient - spring will come!
Greetings from Gemany - it's snowing here - and Happy Easter!
gracious (20025) 2008-03-22 13:00
I compliment to this shot well captured and composed!
the B/W version is really suitable for this shot in a perfect atmosphere and mood for the scene, perfect choice!
very good pov with clarity and details
great job well done
Happy Easter, John!
angela926 (1884) 2008-03-22 18:10
Very lovely shot, nice composition and pov, beautiful tones, nice light and excellent sharpness and depth of field.
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-03-22 22:36
Hello John. Well done with the bw conversion here. The contrast and saturation is good in this brilliant perspective composition. Regards. Jusni
feather (51130) 2008-03-23 8:04
I like the way you have composed the image and used the perspective of the trees to lead the eye into the scene. The bare branches make wonderful patterns against the sky. I'm not too sure about your B&W conversion as the brownish tint you added has taken away any true whites. From the tone of your note I guess the tint was both a reflection of your mood and to represent the winter browns while awaiting some spring greens. Even though it was probably not what you wanted to convey I tried a WS to recover some whites and add more contrast. see what you think.
plimrn (21344) 2008-03-23 12:17
The tree silhouettes are very dramatic against the spring sky. We're still getting snow flurries in central Oregon, but the skiing has been great.
jaywalker (16101) 2008-03-24 6:42
Hi John, A nice B/W posting, the gray tones brighten up the shot, I like the line of trees to the right, the photo is sharp, with great texture, very well composed & summer is just around the corner, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
adores (40946) 2008-03-24 17:20
When I looked suddenly it reminded me of our trees here in the south.Very nice shot and a little different from your usual, guess it's because of the B&W but I like the atmosphere here.
You'll see, soon you'll have the green fields once more!
gunbud (34066) 2008-03-24 18:27
The B&w treatment seems appropriate for this somber image of the dorment trees waiting for enough warmth to bring out thier buds. Excellent clarity with good sharpness and details to this fine image.
jwmunro (286) 2008-03-31 18:41
Hello John -
I feel the same way. I just got back from California and spring has already sprung. Then we return to snow on Sunday and Monday morning. I think the B&W tells the story and our desire for spring. I don't know if it is old eyes or my monitor but the image does look a bit soft in left BG. Well presented.
Thank you for sharing.
batalay (36958) 2008-04-01 18:35
I wish we did see more b&w shots like this on TE. There is truly something timeless about this view. On Sunday while visiting a store going out of business, I picked up a pair of books, practically at giveaway prices — Matthew Brady's photographs from the 19th century, and Leonardo quotes (which by now I've seen many times). About your lovely photo, "Waiting to Awaken," we need to superimpose the statue "Awakening" by Seward Johnson. Warm regards, John,
ollie59 (796) 2008-04-09 16:37
Me to John ,i like the mono composition ,and the way the trees pan around .
hope you are well
danasam (1075) 2008-07-15 0:00
Hi John, wonderful B&W work, you succeed in make us feel what you wanted to makes us feels when looking at this photo, its so sad and empty, forbidden place, left out, thirsty and knowing that something coming in the way... wonderfully presented, very well done.
- Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) (14535)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2008-03-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus E 300, 58mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 7:56