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#1 David_MC

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 04:33 PM

Ventured out on this humid and misty morning down to the Sutton Wilderness Park in Norman, Oklahoma trying to get a little photography done before the rains moved in a little later.  Discovered a small pond filled with dead trees after making my way through the thick brush.  I felt that the B&W suits it well contrasting between the dark evergreens in the background and the light gray wood of the dead tree.
 
The 2nd image was a bit of a clumsy adventure for me.  Walking towards this tree required me to step down onto some rocks to get to it.  I hadn't bothered to check the bottom of my hiking boots with had compacted mud on them.  Took one step slipped fell a few feet and landed on my side.  My 7D wich was in my left hand slamming in the the ground on its back side.  I'm glad I was the only one in the park as anyone walking on the main trail would have been treated to an eruption of disembodied profanity.  Thankfully the 7D is built like a tank and managed to make it though with only a few superficial scuff marks along the card door and on the plastic under the LCD screen. 
 
Lesson of the day: Always check the condition of your footwear before stepping on slipper rocks.
 
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Posted 19 December 2017 - 05:11 PM

That second image really works, nice and moody. Too bad it cost you a fall. The first image I think would be better if you boosted the whites so the tree stands out from the background a little better.



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 05:41 PM



That second image really works, nice and moody. Too bad it cost you a fall. The first image I think would be better if you boosted the whites so the tree stands out from the background a little better.

 

Like this?

38459718104_13d4049bab_b.jpgIMG_9186-Edit-Edit-2 by David Covarrubias, on Flickr



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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:26 PM

Looks a lot better! Now the eye is instantly drawn to the tendrils (branches) of the tree instead of wandering the image.



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:47 AM

For me the first image has more appeal and as first posted.

 

I sympathise with your fall, when down amongst the old ship hulks I knew that stepping out into the mud would be a tad risky, but ever keen to find a better angle, I took a few tentative steps and one step too many where by the time I had framed up and pressed the shutter button... my foot had sunk too far and on trying to get that one unstuck put more pressure on the other foot... Lost my balance, camera hit the mud as did I.... Double Duh!  Fortunately no real damage done and given this camera and a 16-35 f4 were dropped into a Canadian lake circa 4 years back and after emptying all the water out of both camera and lens and carefully drying out over a period of days both camera and lens have operated just fine, so a little coating of mud was just shrugged off getting my jacket and trousers reasonably clean presented more of a challenge..(-:



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:26 AM

I really like the 2nd version of the white tree. Beautiful light and contrast, and simple background that doesn’t distract. The silhouetted dark tree (#2) seems to disappear against the far off trees, which doesn’t appeal to me.
#1 (revised) is stunning!




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