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Day After Day, Alone on a Hill

By woodlandlad
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!


Tags: Field Tree Landscape and travel

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15 May 2012 9:27AM
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 Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 10:40AM
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
jdinne 14 16 England
15 May 2012 12:07PM
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.


salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 3:07PM
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!

Steve-T 11 56 66 England
15 May 2012 4:55PM
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.
Steve-T 11 56 66 England
15 May 2012 5:11PM
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
15 May 2012 8:01PM
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!


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