9 thoughts on “Doggie Door

  1. I’m looking at this, Cyndi, and liking it a lot, but wondering what could have been done to take it to being more spectacular. I know it’s a found shot, so it’s not like you had a lot of options other than camera angles. The green would have been more effective it it were brighter. This is one of those times I would monkey with color sat/hue to see if I could make that green pop a bit more. An old, washed-out plastic toy int the photo would have been perfect if the greenery had been absent. I think what’s going through my head here is that the splash of color is exactly what you need, but the actual color is too subdued to register. But if you added color, the greenery would detract. This is probably the best shot available under the circumstances, but I can’t help wishing it was naturally a bit different. Make sense?

    • Makes sense. I have quite a few shots of this house and actually shot it with 2 different cameras. I couldn’t get far enough away from it though due to road conditions. I think the thing I like about this one is the tree coming out from under the house. As far as color pops, I always hesitate to take it too far not knowing what it will look like on other people’s monitors. As has been discussed recently here, there’s a very fine line between popping and oversaturating. That’s one reason I think I will do more black and whites! Which presents its own challenges …

  2. I like it as is (sorry, Stuart). It has an understated “feel” to it. It is slowly disintegrating into the background of life. The subdued nature of the undersaturation reflects that.

    • Thank you. I haven’t quite figured out what it is that intrigues me about places like this but I think you hit upon the essence. I love the way plants, vines, and trees all live on, in and around the structure, even when the building is decaying and forgotten. Life goes on. The plants also seem to me an embrace of the dead structure, a way that Mother Nature says “you are still beautiful. I will adorn you”. A sort of tombstone with flowers.

  3. No need to be sorry, Doc. That’s what this sort of discussion is for. I like it too, as I said. I just feel that there’s something right on the edge of true greatness in this photo, and I’m frustrated that I can’t define what it is.

  4. Interesting discussion about a really nice shot. As for the question of whether there might be any way of popping it more, I’m looking at that tree. I’d say go back in spring and reshoot this when the tree is in bloom. See what that gets you. You’d have the same decay with the house, but you’ll get some color and thematically you’ll have a contrast with dead house and persistence of natural life, etc.

    • Good idea Sam. Some photographers may consider just adding something in Photoshop that wasn’t there but I can’t bring myself to do that. I would love to return and see something blooming soon. Daffodils are in bloom now and I am keeping my fingers crossed that just maybe there will be some there. That would be a nice pop of color!

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