Matthijs Bettman's picture

The last hour of the trip..

EDIT: I have added some more pictures to the post :-)

On our way back, we had one last, unplanned, stop at a small forst. At this forest we saw this scene unfolding before our eyes!
I had like 5 minutes to get these shots.

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Tayyeb Mubarik's picture

Cool Shot! The colored version is more striking in my opinion

Matthijs Bettman's picture

Thanks! :-) I have the same opinion, but also wanted to know the community arguments

Joe Scalise's picture

Five minutes well spent, Bravo!

Matthijs Bettman's picture

I was as happy as a baby with a lolypop, lol

I also prefer the colored one. Way more appealing!

Matthijs Bettman's picture

Thanks! :-) I have the same opinion, but also wanted to know the community arguments

Chris Jablonski's picture

You certainly did spend those five minutes well, Matthijs! I generally prefer colour, as Nature provides us with such beautiful ones, as in this case. However, the strong graphics of the scene lend themselves to monochrome rendition. Also, I prefer the second composition, the crop echoing and accentuating the tree forms, with the foreground providing just that nice bit of context and contrast. The colour image could use just a little more foreground for me, but that's nit-picking - both are really strong images. Well done.

Matthijs Bettman's picture

Thanks Chris! :-) I agree, nature gives us beautiful colours and that's why I normally don't like B/W images, but in this case I thought it gives the sunrays some extra pop or something.

You should have seen me running around like crazy, you would have laughed so hard.. lol

Chris Jablonski's picture

Ah, that's better! There was only the first colour shot when I posted. The extra foreground certainly does help. All very enjoyable images.

Matthijs Bettman's picture

About the image you saw first (top image) my thoughts was to make that photo about the sun rays through the trees, so i haven't thought about the foreground that much. Good tip, something to keep in mind when I have another opportunity to photograph something like this :-)

Chris Jablonski's picture

Well, you took enough variations to have the choice, Matthijs, a wise idea when good light can be so transient. People rightly point out how easy it is to blast away indiscriminately with digital, the images being essentially free, but I more often regret not taking more at the time than I regret having so many also-rans to cull later.

Andrew Almeida's picture

Well done! They all look great.

Alan Brown's picture

Well done Matthijs - wonderful moody images. Just goes to show that you need to follow the light and ensure you have your camera with you when you do.

Great job recognizing and seizing the limited opportunity!

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Good approach to photography, as well as images. If you focused on just one photo, you would not have these other beauties.
And this logo spoils the overall impression, and I do not know its purpose.
Just to mention, you can use them as abstractions. something like this from your No.3.

Matthijs Bettman's picture

How did you do this? Apart from mirroring the image? :-)

Radisa Zivkovic's picture

Just some work on color balance with some selective and sloppy use of path blur tool in PS.

Elizabeth Yorick's picture

Beautiful Job!! My favorites are numbers 2 and 4. I prefer the color's but the b&w is cool as well. I love the light streaming and the pop of color of the grass. You get those great highlights and shadow contrasts that really make these dynamic. Love them!!