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Winter Trees

By Irishkate  
One for the mono fans today.
Finished off in topaz high contrast silvertone.
Well I was so surprised that you approved of the image of Roma in the snow,
which I thought would have the technical people telling me how to do better next time!!!
I wasn't going to upload it at all, hoping I'd get something better!
So many thanks for vs & cs for both uploads and lovely compliments about Roma.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

Tags: Black and white Winter trees Topaz high contrast Silvertone

Voters: morpheus1955, ColleenA, PattiW and 40 more

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ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
14 Feb 2014 10:25AM
Ooohhhh I like this Kate, an excellent capture and great mono processing
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
14 Feb 2014 10:37AM
I LOVE this one! PattiSmile
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
14 Feb 2014 10:51AM
Love this, Kate, the beautiful bark on these trees lends itself to being presented in mono. Carol
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 10:56AM
Birch produces wonderful bark, which stands out superbly in mono. Great picture Kate. Thank you for kind comments.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 11:13AM
A great mono imag Kate of these Siver BirchSmile

Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 11:26AM
Mono works well here... Very good image with wonderful textures on those trees. IB
BarbaraR 15 1.2k 1 England
14 Feb 2014 11:35AM
Lovely arty nature capture.
Like it lots !

14 Feb 2014 11:39AM
I like your basic composition, Kate, but there's stuff I'd change. ( Surprise surprise BlushGrinGrin )

Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
14 Feb 2014 12:21PM
I have to agree with Alan. I like the idea, but there needs to be some adjustment in the contrast to bring out all the beauty this has.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 12:43PM
Love the texture and patterns in this mono conversion SmileSmile
14 Feb 2014 1:14PM
A great B&W just a nice distance in the composition to show off the lovely texture with good light and shadow. Well done Kate.
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
14 Feb 2014 1:31PM
Mono showing the lovely texture of the tree bark but I would love to see the colour version.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
14 Feb 2014 2:26PM
With the blacks being a bit ''blacker'' Kate,
I think this would make a fine high contrast A3 print !!
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
14 Feb 2014 3:01PM
Not happy being a critic, but this one has possibilities, i think a crop somewhere of just the bottom part would be interesting-- you will know where to crop as you look into it!
Silvertone----sounds a nice color, (I do not have Topaz)
14 Feb 2014 3:09PM
a great shot,may be a tad light at the top but still a nice one.

cardikit Junior Member 9 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 3:36PM
These silver birch definitely deserve an airing - and mono suits them perfectly - great shot Kate. Smile

rayme330 10 17 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 3:44PM
A nicely toned and textured mono image, Kate.

14 Feb 2014 3:46PM
Beautiful image Kate!
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 3:50PM
Beautifully worked imagery which works so very well in monochrome...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
14 Feb 2014 4:16PM
Stark would make a great wall hanging Kate

14 Feb 2014 5:06PM
What an excellent mono image, Kate - so well processed.
I agree with Graham about it making a great wall hanging.

nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
14 Feb 2014 6:55PM
Good choice for conversion, makes a great b&W image, Kate.
richmowil Plus
13 475 2 England
14 Feb 2014 7:37PM
Nice Image Kate!! I like it a lot!!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 794 England
14 Feb 2014 7:55PM
Very nicely done Kate.
In fact, this makes me feel I ought to get out and get some more woodland images before the leaves start to appear.
14 Feb 2014 9:12PM
Thanks for enabling mods, Kate. As I said, I think your basic composition is good. Those graceful tree shapes are very attractive, and you've grouped them well, your point of view being very well chosen.

But the problem as I see it is two-fold...firstly, the contrast is a little low, which means those tree trunks don't really stand out from the background enough. In my mod I've used a Levels adjustment to increase contrast, mostly by moving the left slider in to raise the black point, though I also moved the right slider in to increase the whites. Then I darkened areas of the woodland floor ( you could use the Burn tool, soft brush set to approx. 40px/mid-tones/6% opacity... I use a completely different method, but those settings ought to work I think ) to make the trees stand out even more.

The other problem has already been suggested by "taggart." The tops of the trees look a bit lost against that white sky. If the image was in colour and the sky had been even slightly blue, there wouldn't be a problem, but in B&W you're dealing with tones, not hues, and there just isn't enough tonal variation in the top half of the frame for the trees to stand out. And in any case, all the interest is in the lower part of the image... the upper part is distracting rather than contributing, so I've cropped it out to focus attention on the interesting elements. See what you think.

Edit: this looks slightly different after uploading ( probably the compression ) so the highs are a bit too bright, but I think it's close enough for you to see what I'm getting at.

14 Feb 2014 9:22PM
P.S. As you can see, the differences aren't huge, it's the crop that's the main thing.
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
15 Feb 2014 9:43PM
I do like this KateSmile

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