Where: Footbridge over the San Diego River, Mission Valley, San Diego
When: May 2011
As I mentioned in the main post, I struggled with this photo. As you see here, I originally cropped it as a vertical, with the canvas extending above the final version.
But there were issues - the color version was more vibrant, and maybe it better emphasized the contrast between the leaves and the water. However, I found some digital noise in the upper left - purplish pixels that I couldn't make go away - too distracting. On the other hand, the leaves looked dingy in this black and white photo.
The solution was simple enough - I cropped out the problem area and lightened the leaves a touch more. I'm happy with the result. It's a simpler, stronger composition with effective contrast that retains the abstract reflections in the water. And I'll always lean toward black and white, especially in a photo with no people.
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