Which Nature Trail spread do you like Best?

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    Apr 07, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    One of the sections of a nature book I'm working on will have photos of different trails, bridges, etc. Here are two typical natural-trail, two-page spreads that look similar. Which of the two do you like best? I need to pull one.

    #1
    pwfptrails.jpg

    #2
    bullruntrails.jpg
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    #2

    The log in the first one is distracting.
  • Gamemage7

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    Apr 07, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    #2, because I feel the path in the left picture gives a feeling of welcoming, while the picture in the right works more with the play of light on the trees, giving it a deeper feel. Number 1 has the issue of, like paul said, feeling distracting, and flat.
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    Apr 07, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    #2 ... I'm getting a "warmer" emotive connection with that one.

    The only proviso... it also depends on what else you have in the same vein. If either is similar to something else in your series, then take the one which offer more contrast/diversity.
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    Apr 07, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    I'm going to go with #1, but it's a little hard to tell from the size of these pictures. To me, #1 looks more like a natural foot path through the woods, except for the cut tree. On #2, I think I see steps on the left picture. The #2 picture also looks more grassy than woodsy. I'd prefer the woodsy one, but that's just a personal preference.
  • tautomer

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    Apr 07, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    I would want to hike #1, but #2 as a photo is far more pleasing to the eyes.
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    Apr 07, 2012 9:34 AM GMT
    The second one. I really, really, really wanna go running there.
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    Apr 07, 2012 9:46 AM GMT
    #2
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    Apr 07, 2012 9:56 AM GMT
    #2 looks better

    #1 looks like most trails you'll find out

    Depends on what you want to show with your book icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 10:19 AM GMT
    I like # 1 better.
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    Apr 07, 2012 10:43 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidI took the road less travelled......

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    Back on topic, OP, I'd get rid of the first one. The second spread is much better.
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    Apr 07, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    I like 2
  • toybrian

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    Apr 07, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    Go with the first pic at the top. Shows nature at its best with the path of man put into her for running and the trees that are fallen shows what happens in the woods. Looks better and the pics are more realistic to me. Just my opinion though. Thanks and good luck with book.
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    Apr 07, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
    Go with #2. I like Turbobilly's concept of logs that occur in nature a bit better than #1. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Shoot, I was hoping people would say #1 most because I like that trail better. I had a bad day while taking the pictures for #2 (Bull Run Trail) and sorta process the pictures with that day. Bull Run is also one of those very heavily-walked trails so the dirt is as pressed down as hard as cement....not very secluded and nature-like. But...they aren't bad pictures.

    Yes, on #2 there are ledge steps on the left picture. On the #1 left picture you can see the sunlight spots on the meandering trail up ahead. The log on #1 right is a typical shot of a fallen tree cut through, and I liked how it created this doorway of sort to the path beyond.

    All of the other trail picture I have are very unique with bridges, etc, but I saw that these two pages were similar and I need to cut one out to make more room for other pictures in the book.

    So................still at a loss. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 07, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    The bottom right picture in 2 looks amazing.
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 07, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Can;'t read your text, but, as they are now, I would pick #1, as it seems more natural; right photo #2 almost gives the impression of an abandoned orchard - less woodsy. I would burn in more the very dark portions of both of the left photos, as well as the very dark far background of Right photo#1. Left photo #2 is better than left photo #1 because of the light in the far background. Left photo #1 appears too dark - but evokes a mental image of the forest trail in A Virgin Spring (which is the opposite of inviting).
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    Apr 07, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif The two photos on the right have stronger composition. Neither of the ones on the left do much for me. Although it might be due in part to compression and shrinkage of the web browser. If the shadows in the middle distance weren't so deep, they'd be more three-dimensional.

    Some of those shots might benefit from HDR exposure.
  • LJay

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    Apr 07, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    #2 sets up a nice contrast between a walk into the woods and a walk through an old and now grown over orchard. The orchard is an interruption to nature, but it has been assimilated and feels gentler. The cut log in #1 is too sharp an interjection to produce ease.

    Sorry, Turbobilly, but my mind is right there in the gutter with yours.
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    Apr 07, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    I didn't realize that was Bull Run Trail. I haven't been on that in years. Bull Run Park used to be a very cruise-y area. Maybe it still is.

    One time when I was there, I got grilled by a park ranger. I know what he was thinking about my motives for being there. He didn't see my dog sleep in the back of my car. What a douchebag.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 07, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    #2. It has more depth and illumination in it. It invites you to take the trail and go somewhere.
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    Apr 10, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    Thank you for your feedback guys. I agree that the #2 right looks more like an orchard, but the lighting is nice. Still like #1's though. icon_confused.gif
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    This is good one:

    happy%2Btrail.jpg
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    Apr 10, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Not another Troll Flame War Thread!!! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 10, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidOne of the sections of a nature book I'm working on will have photos of different trails, bridges, etc. Here are two typical natural-trail, two-page spreads that look similar. Which of the two do you like best?
    #2
    bullruntrails.jpg

    #2 cause it looks more wild an unkept. #1 looks obviously touched by people with that cut log. As metaphors for a happy trail, #2 wins out also - always.