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Tree lined road on a misty morning

By charliejohn
Took this just under a week ago whilst going into town. It is an old road with old building but the bright trees and misty buildings was something I had not seen before and it made it look different and unusual.

The sun coming through the tree was also something I tried to incorporate.

To be honest I am not sure if this is good or not, I keep coming back to it but my artistic eye is not refined enough.

Tags: Misty Trees Landsacape Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2522 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2018 5:24PM
I know the way certain images can nag at us, often there's a personal involvement in the subject. This is your comfort zone, literally... That can make it hard to view objectively.

OK, the first thing I noticed was that there appeared to be a significant tilt - and looking at the houses in the background confirms that. I'll upload a modification showing the adjustment needed to get verticals true. (I rotated and also skewed a tiny bit).

There's potential in the scene, I'm not sure that the composition is strong enough here. Can I make three suggestions for a return visit.

Firstly aim to get there a little bit before the sun rises above the rooftops, for the warm glow in the sky without the risk of flare.

Secondly, leave it a couple of months for stark, bare branches. I think getting those silhouetted against the light could give greater sense of atmosphere.

Finally stand back, try to include the bases of the tree trunks to 'ground' the composition. Here the trees look a bit like legs with the feet cut off.

There's a good picture to be had, with the diagonal rise of the trees in that early light.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
16 Oct 2018 8:22PM

Quote:the bright trees and misty buildings was something I had not seen before

That tells us that you're noticing the light which is the essence of photography, so that's good.
The next thing is to make the most of that light. Composition is an important part of that.

Here, I'd go wider so there's ore of the misty buildings in frame. That's where a lot of interest lies and whatthe viewer needs to explore. The semi-silhouetted trees are playing more of a support and contrasting role.

Alternatively, go in closer so there's less white sky on the left, which is a distraction and adds nothing to the visual information. A portrait format shot of the right hand half of this image would make for a strong image.

You could use the longer settings on your zoom to shoot further down the street, just selecting part of the scene. Sometimes less is more.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
16 Oct 2018 8:24PM
Both technically and aesthetically, a major issue here is the blank sky.

You will struggle to sort it really well without multiple exposures and some form of blending: my first mod uses an imitation fo a technique called HDR (high dynamic range). I've split the exposure and recombined the images - ideally, you'd use a series of bracketed exposures to do the same, with exposures spanning both sky and shadows.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2018 8:30PM
A misty scene behind the strength of trees is quite magical.

Compositionally, I'd like to have seen more of the tree trunks and houses. The image looks a little "cut off" at the bottom. I think the misty buildings are just as important as the trees, but you've allowed the trees to dominate the scene.

You were shooting into the light, and the sky is completely washed out. Also, the sun through the trees has affected some of the branches around it, washing out the area. Still, that's what you wanted, and it's quite effective.

In my modification I have cropped a lot off the left side and placed the sun on a thirds intersection (Rule Of Thirds). I slightly adjusted contrast and brightened. I didn't straighten the buildings for fear of losing more of the bottom than I wanted to. In the second modification I filled in the remaining bit of white sky in the top left corner, and removed a few bits of glare on the branches.

16 Oct 2018 9:16PM
Hi all and many thanks.

I did have the idea of focusing just on the sunlight and I like the fill in to take out that bland sky.

The sky was bland and I did consider putting false one in but then it would not have matched the misty conditions was my thinking. Never had that mist like that before so doubt I will see it again.

The only way I could have expanded the shot would have to been more straight on to the tree line and road. To go further back on tat angle was impossible as I was on a bridge over a tree lines stream. To the for left end of the picture is a messy junction, petrol station and buildings that look too urban.

I do wonder how it would look at night with the lights behind the trees over the road, a long exposure ( just practising with those ) would be interesting as thart road is busy between 5 pm and 8 pm.

There is quite a pleasant looking pub just off to the right side of the picture but the angle is obscured by a bridge.

I was concerned the area had little interest in pictures but now the ideas are being opened by your comments, thank you all.


banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4308 Canada
16 Oct 2018 9:55PM
Its all been said already, so Ive just added a mod thats another option.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
16 Oct 2018 10:34PM
Thank you for the feedback Charlie, it's godd to know when someone finds our critique helpful.

It sounds like you have plenty to think about for more images. The night shots sound like a good idea.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1933 England
19 Oct 2018 10:03AM
I concur - a conversation is always a good thing!

A very good landscape photographer siad that his successful pictures depend on light, composition, and location, in that order.

If you have the right light, and compose your picture well, the location doesn't matter much - a tree in the country, or a pylon in an urban wilderness will both make excellent subjects.

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