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#1 MarkM

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:00 PM

(say that 3 times fast)

 

Although it was mid-day I had to go out and take pictures!  Maybe a nearby wooded area would provide some interesting trees in the shade?  I ended up with these two different shots. 

 

I like the first (B&W) because of the magical feeling from the repeating shapes of the branches over the trail...leading who knows where.....?  Might be nice to capture in early am if there is fog/mist. 

The second I like for the branches more or less curving in unison.  (I had to try for the starburst but it might be distracting or too gimmicky).

Both had highlights reduced and shadows brought out in Lightroom, plus sundry other adjustments in the "Basic" panel. 

 

CC welcome!!!

 

1.  Trail 

40mm

f/14

1/4 second

ISO 100

 

2. Canopy

32mm

f/22

1/10 sec

ISO 100

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#2 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:31 PM

Very nice.  I like the colour shot best but in either case you have nice play between light and shadow.  I might suggest you actually bring your highlights up a bit in the second shot as the starburst seems  a bit tight.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:09 PM

Thanks Kerry,

I increased the highlight slider in the second shot until just before it blows out, which softens the area around the center of the starburst a bit.  Is this more what you had in mind?

Also, since you liked the color version I've attached the first shot in color as well...does this better suit your eye? 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:46 PM

Very nice Mark, nothing like old Cali Oak Trees!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:49 AM

First one is my favourite Mark as it seems to draw me in, looks like an interesting place to walk for sure.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:32 AM

Looks like you're channeling that guy from the video you posted. Nice shots Mark!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:04 AM

Smashing Mark!

The colour version of the oaks seems nicer to me.  It gives more detail and separation in the middle area of the picture.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:10 PM

Thanks fellas for all your encouragement!

Doug, boy those California Oak trees are awesome, all twisty and everything.  Beautiful.  Would be cool to try to capture in a mist.

Geedee, I like the first one because of the story it lends itself to.  Who knows what's beyond down that dark trail?

Jonny, you got it.  I was thinking of him and the personification of the trees.  These trees in particular seem to have lots of character.

Rod, I know what you mean.  The ground vs. tree leaves seems to stand out more in the color version, but I'm still torn between the two.



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:36 AM

I like the images Mark. If I had to choose one it would be the color version of the trail. I want to like the b&w better but it looks a bit flat on my monitor, lacking contrast perhaps. In any case the color version of the image works well.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 09:18 AM

Hi John
Thanks. I know what you mean about it looking flat. I did adjust contrast but maybe not enough. All shots seem to lack a polished finish or sheen that I've noticed in other images posted.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Thanks Kerry,

I increased the highlight slider in the second shot until just before it blows out, which softens the area around the center of the starburst a bit.  Is this more what you had in mind?

Also, since you liked the color version I've attached the first shot in color as well...does this better suit your eye? 

That first one is really nice, well done.  The trail shot does do better in colour in my opinion.  What you might try with that one, either in the B&W or colour version, is a bit of Dodging and Burning, which would bring up the contrast especially in the tree bark and give the image a bit more pop.  D&B judiciously applied might also enhance the first one as well.






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