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Lone hawthorn

By MikeDGreen  
ISO 200
Processed using DxO Optics Pro V6

I was trying to isolate the tree against the blue/black, incoming storm clouds and bring out the coarse texture of the limestone pavement, essentially emphasising the wildness of the location and the tree's harsh environment.

I'm very much a beginner at both using an SLR and post-processing.

Tags: Hawthorn Yorkshire dales Landscape and travel Twisleton scar

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tobydeveson 16 13 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 12:15AM
I think i works really well. Great colours.

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19 Aug 2010 12:17AM
looks spot on to me
SteveNZ 9 4 5 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 12:18AM
Stunning shot! I think you achieved what you set out to do. Nicely processed. And the cropping suits the image well.
19 Aug 2010 12:21AM
Thanks for the comments!

I think the thing I'm having most difficulty with is knowing how much to sharpen things - this is the sharpest of the various versions I made of this capture (and I like it!), so any comments on that would be appreciated.
19 Aug 2010 12:21AM
Gerat photo, I would be proud of it.
SteveNZ 9 4 5 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 12:39AM

Quote:I think the thing I'm having most difficulty with is knowing how much to sharpen things - this is the sharpest of the various versions I made of this capture (and I like it!), so any comments on that would be appreciated.

Personally, if I'm going for a really sharp look, I play around with the sharpness settings until it looks oversharpened then back off slightly.
I'd say what you have done is about right for the size and subject in this image.
Cheers -- Steve.
19 Aug 2010 5:25AM
Looks good to me and agree with Steve on sharpness.
Regards Charles
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 8:25AM
Nice image in general. I'm on my netbook at the moment, so the screen is definately not calibrated, but the rocks look a little too bright. Particularly bottom right unless I tilt the screen right back, when things look Ok but then very contrasy.

Don't usually have the screen like that.

19 Aug 2010 10:15AM
I made it letterbox consciously, when I composed it, as the pavement 'runs out' just in front of the foreground rocks. Great point about burning in the RHS rocks: I knew I was unhappy about something in the image and that's possibly it! I shall do so once I have some s/w that can do that.

Thanks for the constructive comments.
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 12:07PM
Hi Mike

First of all welcome to the site and thanks very much for your upload.

It's a very striking image with that dramatic sky. The lone tree and the limestone pavement all work well together. As Frank says normally a pic with the horizon going through the middle so you have equal amounts of sky and foreground would not work. But the letterbox format suits the composition well.

Your camera has coped well with what is a challenging set of circumstances with the dark sky and the very bright pavement. However it does need a bit of adjustment at the processing stage. Be guided by your histogram which shows both under exposure (bunched pixels to the left) and overexposure (bunched pixels to the right) - the pixels should not touch either end of the display. I don't think the underexposure matters too much but it would be good to deal with the overexposure of the pavement. I have uploaded a mod for you where I have used a levels adjustment to darken the pavement.

I have Photoshop Elements 5 which has a handy tool called the sponge. You can use it to selectively add saturation to the pic. I have used it to bring out the colours in the tree just a little to help it to stand out just a bit more.

It's a good pic. I have seen quite a lot of pics of hawthorn trees and the limestone pavement but this one definitely has something different.

Best wishes and enjoy the site
19 Aug 2010 1:43PM
Hi Catherine,

Thank you for that modification. I can see what you've done, and I'm now experimenting with a trial version of Elements to see if I can do the same...

I was fortunate with that image, in that I've been back to the same place numerous times (now that I know a bit more about what I'm doing with the camera!) and never had such good light.

I'm reading lots on the site and it's all very useful! The ability to receive some critique is particularly useful as otherwise I'm 'working in a vacuum', so thanks again to everyone who commented.

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19 Aug 2010 5:31PM
Beautiful image, I really like the framing & the heavy sky...the f/g rocks are a wee bit light, but CathR's mod. has cured that....clearly you've got a good 'eye' for visualising an image, so I look forward to seeing more of your work if they're gonna be as good as this one !!!!
19 Aug 2010 8:47PM
Thank you!

I think I shall have to practise a fair bit to be able to do such mods easily, though I now have a version which is, at least, better, though not quite as good as CathR's!
Steve-T 11 56 66 England
19 Aug 2010 9:36PM
Welcome to EPZ Mike - I am fairly sure that we met on my only visit to Twisleton Scar and you described taking this image. Apologies if it wasn't you! Really like the dramatic sky. Steve.
19 Aug 2010 10:30PM
He Steve!

Yes, we did indeed meet. All I've got since then, up there, is wet and cold Wink To be fair, I do have a couple of others of this tree which are pretty good, but not as dramatic as this.

Thanks for the welcome,


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