chunter

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photoblog image Woodlea Woods in Spring

Woodlea Woods in Spring

Our local woodland - about 10 second's walk from my front door - after a smattering of snow that soon melted.

I've given this a touch of selective vertical motion blur, which I then blended with a reduced opacity Multiply layer to accentuate the nature of the tall, straight trees. The path leads you into the mysterious woodland.

Woodlea Woods in Spring

Our local woodland - about 10 second's walk from my front door - after a smattering of snow that soon melted.

I've given this a touch of selective vertical motion blur, which I then blended with a reduced opacity Multiply layer to accentuate the nature of the tall, straight trees. The path leads you into the mysterious woodland.

comments (15)

And it has worked really well. I really like this and would love to see it bigger
chunter: Thanks Bill. I regret the size here on Shutterchance is restricted by the width of the panoramic format. I cropped a lot of the foreground out as it was messy and uninteresting. The crop balanced it better.
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 9 Apr 2008, 10:42
Great shot. It has a mystical feeling to it.
chunter: Thanks Jessie. A little bit of blended blur has that effect.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2008, 10:43
Colin, this is an amazing shot and you lucky one...only 10 secondes from your front door.
Love the PP and thanks for the explanation, about the size, I use a different template, see your preferences, and the panorama can be bigger.
chunter: Thanks for your generous comment, as always Astrid. Thank you also for the tip on making it larger. I had quite forgotten the different template. I tried it once many months ago and switched back to this one. Perhaps I should try it again.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 9 Apr 2008, 10:55
Very poetic and soft one !
chunter: Thank you Ann for your visit. I must get back to visiting some of my regulars too. I will be there soon!
LIKEY!!!! nice PP too
chunter: Thanks a lot Patrick; good of you to say so.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 9 Apr 2008, 16:14
Oh, WOW, Colin. This is a Likey for me!
chunter: Can't you just imagine walking down that path? Thanks for popping in Ginnie.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Apr 2008, 16:36
I love the atmosphere the blur gives your shot Colin.smile
We had a bit more snow than that but it melted by lunchtime.
Nice veiw you have from your home too.
chunter: Ah, you're a bit further up country, aren't you? I think you had considerably more snow than we did. Shame it didn't last though. I could have done with a few more pictures.

While the wood is only ten seconds away, I have to walk about another 30 seconds or so to get here!

Good of you to drop by as always Tracy. Thanks.
  • jasgondomar
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Apr 2008, 17:09
picture de gran atractivo que ha sido muy bien procesado, pero parece naturaleza un poco ficticia.
chunter: Many thanks, jasgondomar. It does look a little 'unreal' doesn't it. Like a fantasy location.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • 9 Apr 2008, 18:22
Whatever you've done to it Colin, works awsomely here. The air is vibrating between the trees.
chunter: Thanks a bunch, VZ. Vibrating describes it nicely; like the strings of a harp, perhaps.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 9 Apr 2008, 19:29
beautiful work

very well executed
chunter: Very kind of you to say so DrAW.
Reducing the opacity of the motion blur works really well, LIKEY for me.
chunter: Gladulike it Nigel. By the way, whatever did happen to Spudulike?
  • kathryn
  • with the southern evening breeze in my hair
  • 9 Apr 2008, 23:43
Colin, this is where the woodland nymphs live.

Oh I would love to go here, even if only in my dreams.

Likey.
chunter: Oh, I love the woodland nymphs; they're saucy little creatures that flit about, tormenting and teasing. Playful creatures mostly.
Colin with the watery Spring sun in my left ear.
  • Steve
  • in blogging limbo
  • 11 Apr 2008, 10:35
Lovely shot Colin, very mysterious. But (there's always a but with me) I reckon the vertical motion blur should have been restricted to the trees, and masked out of the snowy foreground. It adds to the trees, but detracts from the foreground. Also, the diagonal twig on the left could do with being removed. Other than that, it's fabulous.
chunter: That's what I meant by "...selective vertical motion blur...". I applied it to the entire image, applied a layer mask and then painted it back in over the trees, but clearly I was a bit cavalier with my brush strokes and they impinged into some of the foreground. Entirely agree about the diagonal branch intruding from left. Didn't have the secateurs with me at the time!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Apr 2008, 12:51
Great effect - I must remember this.

Excellent picture.
chunter: I've seen it used before to better effect by the likes of Steve (on a bluebell wood if I remember correctly); not sure if Mal did something like it too. Anyway, whoever it was they did it better, but it was their images I was trying to emulate.

I think I need more practice. Thanks as always, Louis.
  • Daniel
  • Australia
  • 25 May 2008, 00:07
Nice work Chunter. I was take to the picture when looking at your archive. I would have loved it as it was taken too.
chunter: Many thanks Daniel. It was just OK as taken, but I wanted to try the technique and this image was ideal for what I had in mind. The result makes a more interesting image, I think, if not exactly how it looked at the time.

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