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I come past this tree every day on my way to work and it always sort of called to me (corny isn't it?). Originally I would have liked to see this piccy as a black and white high contrast, moody sky type of thing but the more I messed about with it the less I liked it (besides the sky not being quite moody enough at that time of day).

As I tend to suffer from composition deficiency, mods and criticism highly welcome!

Mick

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 May 2012 - 4:49 PM
Focal Length:40.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/1300sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Day After Day, Alone on a Hill
Username:woodlandlad woodlandlad
Uploaded:15 May 2012 - 9:26 AM
Tags:Field, Landscape / travel, Tree
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woodlandlad
15 May 2012 - 9:27 AM

Oh yeah! I meant to say that I understand the principal of leading lines to pull the eye, but do slightly curved leading lines have a place in photography ????

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Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 10:40 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great shot, love the comp and grass, it almost looks like astro turfGrin I have done two mods for you, The first in colour, I rotated a bit to take the curve into the corner of the image, I slightly altered the colour adding a touch of red that gave a bit more drama to the sky, gave a touch of contrast and brightness and then altered the graduation curves of the histogram slightly to add more drama to the sky then a little sharpen last of all. I have also done a mono version, after converting to mono I aded a tiny bit of red and blue to give a slight hue to the B&W. Hope you like themGrin
Nice imageSmile
Diane

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jdinne e2 Member 10jdinne vcard England
15 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

Good composition, the lines lead me to where I want to go, to the interesting tree. Curved lines work (better in a lot of cases) as well as straight lines. I do the like the B&W mod by Diane as I think scenes like this lend toward mono. Great image.

Rgds

John

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salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 3:07 PM

I think this a lovely, peaceful image and the curved lead lines are great. Being a bit of a "tidy up" freak, I just had to do a bit of pruning on the tree!

Geoff

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Steve-T  750 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 4:55 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Single tree on a hill - can see why you wanted to capture it! Your problem with a high contrast B&W is that green goes grey in B&W. Your sky blue (?) has too much green in it and therefore is becomes muddy when converted. So the solution is - make your blues blue with a simple colour balance adjustment (see first mod) - blue will then move towards black in B&W when a red filter is applied. Then to further separate the sky and the grass go one further than the red filter and apply an infared filter - this sends greens towards the white end of spectrum. Make further shifts with curves, perhaps a bit of diffuse glow add some grain for moodiness and you get my mod - not sure if this is what you were trying to do but I enjoyed having a go Wink Steve.

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Steve-T  750 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 5:11 PM

Forgot to add the most unhelpful/obvious comment in a critique which is: retake it on a different day Wink But seriously if it is close by eventually you will hit the perfect conditions Smile

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woodlandlad
15 May 2012 - 8:01 PM

Thanks for all the comments and the mods everyone. I'm was really pleased with this pic and then Steve came along and had to make the exact image I was looking for !!! Great job on the second mod. I gave up when I couldn't get the 'feel' I was looking for. Guess I just don't have the techniques yet. I'll keep trying though!

Mick

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