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Gnarled Oak

By BillyGoatGruff  
Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment and vote on yesterday's offering. It did Iis doing??) better than hoped for.

Today's sacrificial lamb was shot a couple of weekends ago, not far from where I live, during a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll. I've been trying to get some shots of this for quite a while, and finally managed to get one or two, albeit at the wrong time of day/year/life...
Wink

A bright and largely featureless sky and the gnarly shape of this ancient (and possibly dead) oak tree prompted the mono conversion, which I'd secretly always intended for this subject, anyway!

Original RAW processed in colour followed by a 3x2 crop for composition followed by channel mixer and selective contrast massaging, for those interested in such witterings.

Having now scouted the territory, I'm sure I'll revisit again and again as conditions, light etc change.

It has a stark beauty to it that I like and hope you do too.
No doubt it will be plumbing the depths of digital obscurity before too long...Ah, wel...Smile

Thanks for stopping by.

Bill

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Tree oak b and w

Voters: wamp, zanzibarwinds, Chant57 and 25 more


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Comments


zanzibarwinds 12 205 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 10:12AM
This is a stunning B&W shot. Thought it was a IR film shot at first, nice one Smile

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Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2008 10:16AM
Excellent mono work
C
peugeot406 9 7 1 England
11 Mar 2008 11:17AM
Super image, it is a great mono image, well done
Brian
plugin 11 1 Canada
11 Mar 2008 11:31AM
Great image.. excellent in mono.
Jim
11 Mar 2008 12:10PM
Thank you, folks. Much appreciated.
Seems to be doing better than expected - still got the parachute handy, though - just in case it plummets to fiery oblivion.
Wink
Bill
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
11 Mar 2008 12:42PM
Great light and composition. I would have cloned out the white building as it takes the eye
11 Mar 2008 12:52PM
Great capture Smile
Superb mono

Graeme
11 Mar 2008 3:56PM
Great work Bill

Dave
thanks for your constuctive comment bill, i love this image the only thing letting it down a bit is where you have darkend the sky and then had problems masking the tree so you have ended up with a halo round the tree. try using the tree as a mask for its self using a channel
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
11 Mar 2008 5:15PM
Great picture I like the Composition Bill

I share your love of the work of patricksmith read your comment on is portfolio and agree with every word, - Gary
AlanBW Plus
10 20 England
11 Mar 2008 5:17PM
Wonderful mono image, love the shape of that magnificent tree
12 Mar 2008 8:51AM
Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.


Quote:Thanks for your constuctive comment bill, i love this image the only thing letting it down a bit is where you have darkend the sky and then had problems masking the tree so you have ended up with a halo round the tree. try using the tree as a mask for its self using a channel


Yep, Dave. Had a tricky time trying to isolate the tree adequately. Played with varying degrees of feathering/blurring masks. This was the best compromise, so far. The devil is in the myriad tiny twigs - any helpful tips are most welcome!
On the whole I'm quite pleased with the result, but no doubt will continue to refine techniques as time allows.

ATB all.
Bill Smile

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