12.13.2021 Giving it a rest

I shot this on November 28 and wasn’t quite sure whether it worked or not.  So it sat.  I’ve read that many photographers often don’t even look at their files for a while, letting some time go by so it can be judged objectively after the experience has rested a bit. I am sure we all have enthusiastically reviewed some images as soon as we got to our computer and were disappointed that the thrill of the moment didn’t seem to be captured as we imagined.  But once time has gone by and we can assess the shot without the fresh passion the value reveals itself … or not.  🙂

The birch tree in this picture is a favorite, lonesome of birch companionship and standing out from all the conifers that surround it. I’ve shared it here before for example and like to think that with each additional shoot I capture something a bit different and express the appeal it has for me a little better.

I processed this to highlight the birch tree and composed to have the reflected trees at each side frame the scene. Although I was standing next to highway Route 122, with traffic sporadically passing by, this scene still expresses a feeling of early morning quiet.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 12.13.2021 Giving it a rest

  1. For whatever reason, I’m liking the reflection of the birch more than the image of the birch itself.

    I know that feeling of getting excited about a picture while taking it but then not being so thrilled when I get home and see it on the computer screen. But then sometimes the excitement lasts and our expectation is fulfilled.

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    • As long as you find something to enjoy in the image then it works.

      There have been many times when I thought a shoot was a dismal failure only to discover that the proper tweaks brought something more out of the image than I recognized at first glance.


  2. Leya says:

    This is so beautiful – I cannot imagine traffic nearby? Love the reflections and the lighted tree.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    It’s like wine. Some photos get better with age, while others fall short of their former glory.

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  4. Tina says:

    It is a scene of quiet beauty and it’s hard to imagine cars zooming by.

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  5. Jim R says:

    When I rotate the image 90˚ it takes on a very different appeal.

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  6. Absolutely a winner, Steve!

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  7. Gallivanta says:

    It’s a very restful scene. Hard to imagine there was traffic close by.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    I for one am glad you came back to this one. I think it works incredibly well. I love the reflections. And I love the way the birch and the snow-dusted shore stand out so nicely against the darker background and water. And I do agree that sometimes letting photos simmer a while is a good idea. I’m not always good at doing it, but I have found it useful at times.

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    • I am not sure I would have processed this the same at an earlier time. For one thing I was learning the ins and outs of the new Lightroom masking panel so was able to make adjustments in a different way than previously. And as most of us have experienced, sometimes finding a gem in the archives that we forgot or didn’t quite know how to handle reaps benefits. Thanks, Todd!


  9. This works very nicely with that birch being the brightest element. I am one of those people who like to wait to review images … unless I am super excited about a particular shoot that is.

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    • Thanks, Denise! I’ve been attracted to this birch for a number of years. Maybe I should do a small folio of it through the seasons.Have you posted that lichen encrusted tree? I’d love to see it.


      • Whoops! I combined your comment with Lynn’s below. I should do like you and so many others and let the files rest before reviewing them. Enthusiasm sometimes blurs vision.


  10. bluebrightly says:

    Agreed, we see images differently with time. I have a similar spot, a wetland that floods with reflections that include a tree with lichens on its branches that looks pale compared to evergreens around it. Yes, it’s good to photograph these places over and over.

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    • Well, I replied to this in my comment to Denise. Early morning blearies. I would like to see that tree if you have posted it in the past. Familiarity can breed content too. That’s content not content. But content too. LOL

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Ha! Early morning silly, too, that’s good, Steve. I’ll email you a few – I thought I’d included photos of it in posts but now I can’t find any. Found a few in the archives. Funny how in my mind I’ve photographed it more than in reality, apparently, or maybe the keywording is lacking.

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