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I would like to see what experienced Lightroom etc. users could make of this
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
It's potentially a good subject. You've photographed it straight on, with bits of background - that gives a fairly prosaic feel. I think my instinct would be to move in, look up, try to get a plain background, try to angle it for a more dynamic feel. Also to use a longer lens to isolate detail, there's just a bit too much detail here for me. But there are some strong lines and angles pulling against each other in the upper part of the tree - I'm seeing tortured arms and wings. So I'm thinking get rid of the foliage, maybe rotate, add some contrast, look for a square crop... perhaps look at changing the background... Nothing too far removed from reality, it's the realness of those textures that makes this interesting for me. I'll have a play with it and see what happens.
Mod uploaded. I've simply tried to replicate how I would want to take the subject - at an angle, from below, against a plain sky. So all I have done is paint out the foliage, rotate and crop, then adjust the light to give greater contrast. In particular I wanted a diagonal to rise from the bottom left corner, which gives a much more dynamic effect that standing straight.
A very strange tree indeed, Colm, and thankyou for the opportunity to play with it.
Like Moira, I immediately wanted to isolate the tree, then give it an alternative background. I was going to try for a bit of an eerie look, but went for "fairly straightforward" instead.
I chose one of my sky backgrounds that wasn't too detailed, so as not to detract from the outline of the tree. This one has some gulls flying around, which I felt interacted with the tree. The birds seem curious and even a bit wary about its form. I wanted the clouds to be moving diagonally so that I could lean the tree into them.
Two modifications. The second one is simply a square crop of my first.
Thanks very much Pamela and Moira, This is what I was hoping for. The seagulls bring Alfred Hitchcock to mind.
I will try a couple of angles and directions next week and upload for critique.
I am a bit confused about using a longer lens as I used an 18-70. I will try a 70-300 and stand in the next county
Sorry, the Exif above hasn't picked up your lens details so I assumed you were using a 50mm lens. I should have said a longer focal length - 70mm would enable you to go in closer for the angles and details.
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