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Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment and vote on yesterday's offering. It did Iis doing??) better than hoped for.

Today's sacrificial lamb was shot a couple of weekends ago, not far from where I live, during a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll. I've been trying to get some shots of this for quite a while, and finally managed to get one or two, albeit at the wrong time of day/year/life...
Wink

A bright and largely featureless sky and the gnarly shape of this ancient (and possibly dead) oak tree prompted the mono conversion, which I'd secretly always intended for this subject, anyway!

Original RAW processed in colour followed by a 3x2 crop for composition followed by channel mixer and selective contrast massaging, for those interested in such witterings.

Having now scouted the territory, I'm sure I'll revisit again and again as conditions, light etc change.

It has a stark beauty to it that I like and hope you do too.
No doubt it will be plumbing the depths of digital obscurity before too long...Ah, wel...Smile

Thanks for stopping by.

Bill

Camera:Olympus E-500
Lens:Zuiko 14 - 45 @14mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Gnarled Oak
Username:BillyGoatGruff BillyGoatGruff
Uploaded:11 Mar 2008 - 10:09 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Tree oak b&w, Wildlife / nature
Votes:28

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zanzibarwinds
11 Mar 2008 - 10:12 AM

This is a stunning B&W shot. Thought it was a IR film shot at first, nice one Smile

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Chant57
Chant57 e2 Member 8372 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2008 - 10:16 AM

Excellent mono work
C

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peugeot406
11 Mar 2008 - 11:17 AM

Super image, it is a great mono image, well done
Brian

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11 Mar 2008 - 11:31 AM

Great image.. excellent in mono.
Jim

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2008 - 12:10 PM

Thank you, folks. Much appreciated.
Seems to be doing better than expected - still got the parachute handy, though - just in case it plummets to fiery oblivion.
Wink
Bill

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2008 - 12:42 PM

Great light and composition. I would have cloned out the white building as it takes the eye

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11 Mar 2008 - 12:52 PM

Great capture Smile

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 - 1:32 PM

Superb mono

Graeme

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11 Mar 2008 - 3:56 PM

Great work Bill

Dave

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stantonimaging
11 Mar 2008 - 4:35 PM

thanks for your constuctive comment bill, i love this image the only thing letting it down a bit is where you have darkend the sky and then had problems masking the tree so you have ended up with a halo round the tree. try using the tree as a mask for its self using a channel

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gary_d e2 Member 6533 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2008 - 5:15 PM

Great picture I like the Composition Bill

I share your love of the work of patricksmith read your comment on is portfolio and agree with every word, - Gary

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AlanBW  8 England
11 Mar 2008 - 5:17 PM

Wonderful mono image, love the shape of that magnificent tree

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 8:51 AM

Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.


Quote: Thanks for your constuctive comment bill, i love this image the only thing letting it down a bit is where you have darkend the sky and then had problems masking the tree so you have ended up with a halo round the tree. try using the tree as a mask for its self using a channel

Yep, Dave. Had a tricky time trying to isolate the tree adequately. Played with varying degrees of feathering/blurring masks. This was the best compromise, so far. The devil is in the myriad tiny twigs - any helpful tips are most welcome!
On the whole I'm quite pleased with the result, but no doubt will continue to refine techniques as time allows.

ATB all.
Bill Smile

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