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As soon as i drove past this today my mind automatically said that it would look great in black and white. I used a tripod and shot the picture a few times. I then used photoshop to clone out a few ugly branches that detracted form the shape of the tree and used curves to really enhance the clouds.

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Nov 2011 - 11:33 AM
Focal Length:37mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Whitehall Tree
Username:AndyD999 AndyD999
Uploaded:24 Nov 2011 - 1:24 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, General, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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thatmanbrian
24 Nov 2011 - 3:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good image. Maybe the clouds behind the tree are too dark and reduce the impact of the silhuette? It needs to pop out more I think.

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SimonAlesbrook
24 Nov 2011 - 5:01 PM

Nice Image, would make a great postcard, I agree with the above clouds maybe a tad dark, try lightining them up a bit with your dodge/burn tool Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2011 - 5:41 PM

Idea and composition great but it is too heavy. You need the sky several shades lighter whilst retaining detail. Not sure, obviously, how you convert to mono, but the only decent way is with access to at least red, green and blue channels to achieve the desired mono tones.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2011 - 5:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree with Paul on all his points here Andy. I have uploaded a mod that makes this a black and white imge, rather than a black and grey image, and this makes white = white. Ive also cropped and flipped it left to right, - might look better.

Experiment with the Channel Mixer in Photoshop to get the mono output looking better, - assuming you use photoshop. Your mod is better, but still a little short.

Depending on your sill level, you can do what I did, - I used threshold and curves to identify white, - you need a version of Photoshop that can do this, - anything above Elements will do.

heres a link:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=24


Its meant to remove colour casts, and works well to, but will work with mono to show what needs to be white and black also.


Hope this helps,


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 24 Nov 2011 - 5:57 PM

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AndyD999
AndyD999  343 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2011 - 5:58 PM

i have posted a mod taking on board what you said. as for how i convert i do it in Adobe raw so that i have access to all the different colours. i will go back and have another look at it form scratch. Thanks for your comments

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AndyD999
AndyD999  343 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2011 - 8:42 AM

Willie,

Many thanks for your advice and the posting about threshold. I have just had a go and think its a great idea. Never knew you could do that. I have posted another mod using threshold and would really like to know what you think. As for the crop and flip i have stuck with my version as i prefer it, but i guess that is the beauty of photography in that everyone has there own opinions.

Many thanks
Andy

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thatmanbrian
25 Nov 2011 - 10:30 AM

Got it - that mod now makes the tree contrast nicely with the sky. Well done!

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