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Lonely tree

By diehard4  
Landscape photo of a small tree.
Photographyed in a panoramic scene.

Tags: Landscape Panoramic Trees Landscape and travel

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
2 Jul 2020 11:13AM
Hi Jonathon and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I see you've been a member for a while but not posted in this Gallery yourself but I guess you kbow what it's about.

It would be helpful in terms of offerimng help if you could give us a bit more information, for example what you like or don't like about the image.
Did you crop this to a panoramic or did you stitch togehter two or more shots?

All I can comment on for now is what :I see.
The image is dark, the exposure being influenced by the bright sky, so you ned to apply exposure compensation at the time f capture or lighten in post proessing.
The branches on the far left are a distraction at the frame edge (note how the eye gets drawn to them) so either crop or clone them out.
Images of a lone tree work well. A central plaement in a symmetrical landscape would work well, though generally it looks better with it placed off centre.

I'll try a mod.
chase Plus
15 1.9k 482 England
2 Jul 2020 11:44AM
Hello Johnathan and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
A lone tree is a great subject, I don't find many around me as I am surrounded by woodland Sad
Good advice ref composition from Keith and I do like both his modifications, a couple of good ones for you to consider, especially as he has removed those intruding twigs on the left.

I will try a mod, colour from Keiths first one, cropping off lots of the fg. and putting the horizon on the lower third of the frame.
diehard4 8 5 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 1:03PM
Thanks for the critique and advice and I've modified the photo. As you can see in the updated image. I liked the idea of the image in black and white thanks dark lord.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
2 Jul 2020 2:57PM
That's a nice mod Jonathon.
With a scene like this there are quite a few options with composition and framing so we'll all see things a bit different. The trick is to try different ones when you're there if you can. No worries though as most of us think of something we could have done when we get home.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 6:29PM
Hello, Johnathan, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
Thank you for your feedback, and it's good to see your own modification, using inspiration from Keith.

I think you chose a good subject, but as a landscape there isn't much else of interest except for the lone tree. Going in a bit closer and making more of a feature of that tree could work well here.

Just a few compositional thoughts:-
1. Centralising your subject is rarely the best option. It's more pleasing to the eye if your subject is offset in the frame, either by using the Rule Of Thirds or simply cropping to place it over to one side.
2. Try to be aware of intrusions in your frame whilst you are shooting. It's easy to concentrate on your subject and getting it in focus, so that you ignore things like the branches intruding on the left.
3. There will often be times when you cannot decide between landscape or portrait format, so take both and decide later. Here, the sky is quite interesting, the ground is not, so you could work with that and perhaps try portrait/vertical, again offsetting the tree. I will try a modification.
4. By getting a bit lower, you could have placed most of your lone tree against the sky, showing its outline a lot better and preventing it from blending into the other trees behind it.


PS: My modification shows that drastic crop I mentioned above, a square format, with the tree on a thirds line, less ground, brightening, lifting shadows (for the ground) and with the colours slightly saturated.


diehard4 8 5 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 7:24PM
thank you pamelajean I've looked at the mod you have done and I agree it does look more interesting to be the lonely tree. I'll keep going and be more aware of framing my photos in the future and keep shooting.
😀 Thank you all.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2020 11:11AM
A warm, if belated, welcome from me too. I hope you will find the Critique Gallery useful. As much as anything this is about seeing your work through other people's eyes.

First find your subject, then think about how to compose for it. Composition isn't an arty-farty pretension, it's very practical. It's about how to get the viewer interested, how to encourage people to linger and explore the image. How to invite them in.

I did a filtered search on Lone tree in the main gallery, it came up with this collection. If you look carefully you will see that almost every picture places the tree off-centre.

Off-centre doesn't block the middle of the frame, instead it allows space for the viewer to move in mentally, so it is inviting. Central placement can work, it can make a powerful, dominant statement. But it's harder to get right...

Here the problem I think is actually too much space for the viewer. Remember that landscape (horizontal) format leads the eye horizontally from left to right. So here we start with those untidy bits of branch peeping in on the left, and finish with emptiness on the right. The tree is sort of incidental. Pamela's modification 5 works because it is so much more concise, no wasted space.

The lesson really is - think about placement of your subject for best effect, think about format because different shapes of frame create different moods. And think about what is happening at the edges of the frame, to avoid distractions.

I hope this helps, and I hope we shall see more from you.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2020 12:40PM
PS I've added my own modification, with notes. Aiming for bleak, desolate...
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
3 Jul 2020 7:51PM
And I'm even later at the party: welcome! And there's not a lot to add at this stage.

Decent quality form a mobile 'phone: though my personal view is that the best way to use them is to go relatively close and fill the frame. A landscape that depends on detail is always going to look better with higher resolution.

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