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Lone Tree

By Bajob3
Again, looking for critique. I thought I would try a simple landscape this time and letterbox format. Was on my way home from a day along the coast and spotted this tree on the horizon with the evening colour behind it.

Tags: For sale Landscape and travel NIPA2019 Bristol 2017 Colour20182019



dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
10 Jan 2021 6:54PM
Nicely seen and cropped. Unless you're deliberately going for 'subtle' I'd zap up contrast and saturation a little, as in the mod.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
10 Jan 2021 7:15PM
Its fine, - I tried going the other way with a softer mod.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
10 Jan 2021 10:27PM
It would be useful here, as you'v made quite a crop, to upload the original to see how much you've cropped and for others to make alternative suggestions, though this letterbox format does work well.

Just a tweak to contrast and saturation makes a difference, something you don't want to take too far as it'll look unnatural. I think that's important here because of the stark simplicity on a winter evening.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
11 Jan 2021 5:30AM
Thanks for the original - other crops are possible, but I still like your lead.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
11 Jan 2021 8:06AM
I do prefer the original in Mod 3. There is no problem with the colours and saturation. The issue is the tree is to far to the left of the picture on all the images and mods. That is what the judges will pick up on in any competition. It should be on the thirds or on centre for maximum effect. Also looking at the image it is a little Noisy / run through the Noise reduction in photo shop. Tom.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2021 8:39AM
Thanks for adding the original. I've added a mod, really just to illustrate how many possibilities a subject like this offers.

I wanted to keep more depth in the base line, it supports the subject and there are attractive textures there. I cropped to place the tree off-centre in a square, then a grainy, contrasty b&w with frame and a hint of burn edges, worked in Nik Silver Efex.

The proportion work better for me, the processing may not be to your taste!
Nigel_NZ 17 26 3 New Zealand
11 Jan 2021 9:27AM
Original posted image is fine, John (Dudler) image has more oooomph version 3 & 4 seem lost in the over abundance of sky and lack of "width", I get the impression the poster wasn't wanting a regular 4:3 (is that right?) image. Not that I can drive these photo tweaking things, but I would be inclined to remove the twigs in the lower right side of the image. Don't get me started on photo judges.
chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
11 Jan 2021 11:23AM
I suspect there are quite a few different crops here as has already been demonstrated, unfortunately hefty crops and high ISO do result in noise being introduced and lack of clarity.
I do quite like the gentle pastel and slightly warmer colours in Willies mod (2) and the mono works nicely.
I would have been tempted to use my feet and get a little closer to that nice tree.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
11 Jan 2021 12:06PM

Quote:I would be inclined to remove the twigs in the lower right side of the image

I'm glad you mentioned those Nigel, they were starting to niggle me a little bit - once noticed they are a distraction.

Clearly you like the panoramic crop, the others are given just to show alternatives (and are always worth bearing in mind to get the most from a location).
That said, the panoramic is my preferred option and if that's what you 'see' at the time (sometimes we only notice the possibility aftwerwards) thwen consider taking two or more images to stitch together as quality will be superior.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2021 7:15PM
The 5th version is my favourite, and it's YOURS, so well done.
dudler Plus
19 2.1k 2018 England
12 Jan 2021 6:58AM
After an interesting discussion, I want to pick up just one point in there, raised by Tom. I entirely agree that some judges would pick this up for a heavily one-sided composition: and they are the same ones who insist on all images being shot at 100 ISO and having a single catchlight in each eye (and if there isn't one, add it!)

The 'Rule of Thirds' is good guidance as a generality, but it's not an unbreakable law. Quite often, using a dollop of negative space is a positive compositional tool, and for me, it works here. It's like breaking metre in a poem: bad poets do it all the time; mediocre poets never do it; and the very best do it sometimes for dramatic effect.

It's often a matter of personal choice, and that is a very positive thing - life would be exceedingly boring if we all did the same thing, all the time. But rigorous rule-following is best saved for heavy motorway traffic conditions. We can go wild in our pictures.

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