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Jurassic Park Tree

By JackPrater
I tried to take a picture of this old tree after climbing it and getting a good shot with the over grown fern flooring. hope you like it?Smile im new to photography and using a Canon 600D with the standard lens.

Tags: Jurrasic Wildlife and nature

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Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 12:22AM
I can see why you would consider this a suitable subject but I don't think
it has enough impact.
I have uploaded a cropped modification which I hope looks like the horizontal tree is hugging or grabbing the upright tree trunk!
I've done some adjustments in levels, contrast and saturation and added some vibrance and sharpness to the image.
I see that you shoot in jpeg but RAW is much better for pulling back detail and colours.
This probably sounds a lot of information and changes but if you learn a bit at a time, you'll see your own progress.
I'm relatively new to photography and have learned a lot in four years but my goodness there's such a lot more for me to learn.
Don't be disheartened -it's a wonderful learning curve.
If this has been helpful ,tick as constructive and stay on the journey.

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 8:30AM
You are about a stop over exposed. If you are going to use manual you must meter carefully, ideally with a separate incident light meter or using the camera to meter from various angles. You need a single subject other than the branch which simply cuts across the centre of the image without any fixed focal point.

Something on one of the image thirds that pulls the eye is usually a good idea.

Focus_Man 6 481 631 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 4:22PM
To me this is what it is. Two tree branches which I feel cannot make a picture on their own as they sort of divert the viewers' eyes to each section in turn. A well exposed and well lit area with a blue sky, would I feel improve it a little, but it meeds a good bit of foreground interest on which to concentrate on. It could also do with being sharper, but f4.5 at FL 28mm is always going to prove problematic where DoF is concerned. It would appear that the light was not in your favour.

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
11 Sep 2012 6:34PM
Welcome to EPZ Jack.

I think this is a good example of a shot where what was in your minds eye is not what showed up in the photo?

The brain is amazing, - and it fills in what you think should be there, isnt bothered by the bright sky and compensates for it, and most of all, gives the scene an atmosphere. The camera cant do any of that without a load of help, - and thats photography.

If you look objectively at the shot, - you see ( at least I do ) dull, flat, grey, not very interesting, with a load of overblown sky top right.

The moss and lichen covered tree trunk is certainly worth taking a look at, - perhaps a close look, to exclude the sky that isnt possible for the camera to cope with?

try different positions, angles, and see what you can come up with. A photo needs a point of interest, - preferably located on a third (Google rule of thirds), and as is this is a general forest shot, not particular point of interest.

I have uploaded a version Ive come up with, - not a wole lot to work with, but placing that nice tree trunk on a diagonal is one option, as is having a little real sky (a cheat here), and a colour balance thats more in tune with a woodland scene.

One thing you need to always check, - after you re size your image, and befoe you upload it, - open the new image and check for sharpness. This has little sharpness, and can do with including that step in the upload process. The mod is sharpened.

Enjoy the site,



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