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Gnarled and Misted

By ctxuk  
I noticed this tree a few days prior to the morning I actually went to shoot it. The road alongside it is fairly busy, enough to be awkward perhaps to not get a vehicle in shot. I decided to go there during darkness or the Blue hour to record some shots of it, hoping to get dawn sunlight filtering through the branches, instead getting mist.
I have cropped the frame to make the framing better perhaps.
Shot in RAW. WB was on auto due to time of day. Tripod remote release.
Looking for comments and thoughts on shot, and perhaps suggestions to improve it.
Original file loaded as Mod 1 RAW converted by PS ACR no alterations sooc file no crop.

Tags: Trees Streetlight Mist Rough Blossom Dawn Delicate Landscape and travel Gnarled Night and low light


Spkr51 3 United States
17 Jun 2018 2:46AM
Beautiful image ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
17 Jun 2018 7:05AM
A couple of thoughts...

First, you were lucky to have the blossom there a 'few days' after first seeing it. Delay is often fatal!

Second, you took the misty shot, rather than the sunny one you planned, and that's good. It's important to take the shot you can, rather than mourning the one you couldn't. A bit of planning is good, but accepting what is there and being creative with it matters as well. For some purposes, persistence matters as well: if you really want a specific result, you need to keep going back on days that the weather may be right for the picture you want.

I don't see any particular virtue in using AWB, though shooting RAW and choosing how the final image looks is sound technique. Sometimes, the aim is to get the white balance that conveys the mood that you want, rather than making things strictly accurate all the time.
ctxuk 10 7 1 England
17 Jun 2018 8:36AM
Thank you spkr51
Thank you Dudler
I normally do a custom wb on each shoot, repeating as needed due to lighting changes. Obviously that doesn't work well at night.
I work 12 hour shifts and it was my first day off following seeing it as I passed by on a work day, I was fortunate to even see it before going to capture this.
Luckily Apple blossom isn't as fleeting as Cherry although it does have better days. Whilst I cursed the mist on getting up at 3.30 am to get ready and travel there, I decided to go and see anyhow, a good decision I thought on achieving this end result along with other frames shot. There are perhaps other years to get the dawn streaming through its branches whilst in full blossom.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4084 Canada
17 Jun 2018 2:55PM
I like what youve done.

Ive tried something different just as a different way to look at the scene.

Ive made the shot more misty, darker; not suggesting its better, rather another option for this nice image.


ctxuk 10 7 1 England
17 Jun 2018 5:12PM
Thanks banehawi / willie. I can see where you are coming from with your suggested mod, I wonder though it it would need the tree and blossom itself and that low wall plus daffs done on a lesser amount of added mist which I presume you have added by use of a simple white layer made semi transparent by opacity. I figure a mask over that to knock out the elements I mention and have varying levels of transparency to the white by use if brush opacity when blocking out the mask and allow the subject more clarity. I figure it could add depth also to it.

Those phone or power wires bug me in it still, I would have expected what you applied to make them sink back more but the opposite seems the case, they look more apparent to me.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2018 8:29PM
I like this the way it is presented, Martyn, and the mood captured.

Mist tends to create a soft, romantic feel to an image, which I think you have here.
For me, the depth created by the clarity of objects closer to the lens compared to elements that are further away, is what is so attractive.

You made use of the eerie atmosphere and used it to your advantage.
The strength is in the tree, with the vanishing vista behind, to give that three-dimensional quality.

You commented on the diagonal wires at the top, so I have made them disappear in my modification.

ctxuk 10 7 1 England
17 Jun 2018 8:45PM
Hello pamelajean

Thank you for the appreciative comments and mod.

I shot a number of frames of this at various settings selecting this from them as to my mind the most pleasing example if not technically the best of the bunch (some are hdr 5 frame stack).

I like the soft qualities to it, the specular and warm street lighting to the side and the fact you are unable to see what really lies beyond, just substantial impressions and form without strong detail. I think in many ways what I captured here is far better than what I had hoped to get in the frame. As you say, it also gives a lot of implied depth.

I ought not be so lazy perhaps and clone those wires out, it makes a huge difference imo. Thanks for doing it.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4084 Canada
18 Jun 2018 12:59PM
No, I used the dehaze control in CC2018 to apply haze rather than remove it, lowered contrast, and reduced saturation.

ctxuk 10 7 1 England
18 Jun 2018 8:24PM
Ah, nice one Willie, I had noticed dehaze has a very similar effect, of course, not as easy to paint a mask on it though. Thank you for letting me know, always useful little tips such as that.

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