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By Ray12  
Shot at my local woods.

Tags: Dead Bluebells Flowers and plants Moss and lichens knarled wood


Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2018 2:36AM
Very ' Garden of Eden ' complete with snake Ray.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
17 May 2018 1:12PM
Difficult to critique Ray as youve clearly intentionally underexposed to achieve a dark image.

The tree is quite a nice specimen for this shot, more wicked with for me than garden of eden!

So alternates are really the only option for feedback, and the most obvious one is a mono; Ive loaded a mono and a slightly brighter, sharper colour, just to comoare.


dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
17 May 2018 4:32PM
My feeling is that it often works better to expose fairly normally, and darken the tones in processing - leaving a few small areas with brighter tones.

Willie's mod is the sort of thing I'd be aiming for.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
17 May 2018 7:56PM
You found a wonderful subject, Ray, full of twists, breaks, texture and covered in moss. There is beauty in the death of a tree and, of course, it becomes a home for diverse insect life.

I appreciate your desire for a more moody and atmospheric image by keeping it dark and mysterious, but by brightening it I found so much more interesting detail to be found in the tree.
So I have done that in my modification, as well as adjusting highlights and shadows a bit.

The out-of-focus bluebells in the foreground are a big distraction and pull my eye away from your tree. The blur in the background is fine, and in fact I love that carpet of blurry blue behind your subject.
So I have simply reduced the amount of oof bluebells, especially removing the largest one.
I carry some clips (clothes pegs would do) to pin back intruding flora. They can be very useful if an alternative shooting angle isn't available.
My second modification is a square crop, further concentrating attention on the twisty wood.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 620 England
17 May 2018 9:52PM
I find Willie's and Pamela's mods more involving as there's shadow detail.

True, underxposing can produce moody looking images and sometimes deep shadows can work very well, but equally you can end up with a muddy looking result.
Shooting mormally and adjusting later as John suggests will give you more control over how dark you go and how much detail to retain, especially if you use Curves adjustments and possiblt togehter with selective areas or Layer Masks.
A few lighter tones as mentioned introduce that bit of contrast that gives a lift to the image. Sopmetimes only subtle but it makes a difference.

It's a very interesting knarled tree trunk and thos out of focus bluebells really are distracting - fine as a backdrop but the subject you want the viewer to appreciate (the tree) needs to take top billing.

As it's your local woods( and I like the placement of the tree in the frame) you could shoot a series of images over the year from the same spot. I think autumn and winter should give some great results.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
19 May 2018 4:57PM
Very dark and heavy, thus difficult to look at. as john says, expose correctly, then work with dodge and burn tools to create an image.

Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2018 3:35PM
I really like the composition. (Green is my favourite colour), beautifully done. Isabel GrinGrin

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