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Into the Garden

Into the Garden
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Copyright: Robert Harrison (seneca77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-08-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-25 16:54
Viewed: 3206
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken last year during our trip to Victoria, B.C. Pictured is my wife, Paula, stepping carefully along the stones in the Japanese Garden area of Butchart Gardens.

In Photoshop, I converted to black & white, then to duotone using a light green. I then adjusted the duotone curve slightly so it wasn't so green, but more of a gray with green overtones if that makes sense. It was an overcast day and I wanted to reflect some of the mystery of heading into a large, dark garden.

I ran the image through the unsharp mask filter twice, once at 15/85/0 to boost the contrast, and again at 50/0.7/0 for the usual sharpening.

Added small white border.

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I like the way the walkway and you wife leads the eye into the photo of the dark garden. You achieved what you set out to do and did it very well... nicely done. TFS


Hello Robert !

Cool leading line forcing us to follow this lady. I like the perspective and choice of filter too for this overcast day. Very moody, and the textures are well defined.
Cheers !

Hello Robert,

Nice, a photo with a story . . . or at least photo thought could have a story if one lets one's imagination go. I like the way the stones pull you into the image and how your wife is walking away along with several other aspects, the reflection, the water and the plants. Nice job.


Hi Robert.

Very nice photo. I like it. Good pov and contrast. Good decision to make it bw look a like. TFS!

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Hi, perfetta! Un saluto Mari

Hi Robert,
This charming stone bridge makes an excellent focal point to this dreamy b&w image.
Your catuious pedestrian is a nice touch as she bravely negotiates through this fiarytale landscape.
Regards, Tom

  • Zeperix Gold Star Critiquer [C: 136 W: 4 N: 116] (1069)
  • [2008-11-30 19:55]

Looks like an old B&W photo out of someone's travel diary. Probably has to do with the slight hue you've added - it works. The detail range in the B&W is very good - pitch black to ice white. The classic S-shape in your composition is well placed. Paula is also at the intersection of both the third rule and the diagonal rule. The stones under the water give this photo an especially interesting feel. TFS.

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