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Wierd tree for modification

By cjlar
I would like to see what experienced Lightroom etc. users could make of this

Tags: Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 838 1368 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 4:52PM
It's potentially a good subject. You've photographed it straight on, with bits of background - that gives a fairly prosaic feel. I think my instinct would be to move in, look up, try to get a plain background, try to angle it for a more dynamic feel. Also to use a longer lens to isolate detail, there's just a bit too much detail here for me. But there are some strong lines and angles pulling against each other in the upper part of the tree - I'm seeing tortured arms and wings. So I'm thinking get rid of the foliage, maybe rotate, add some contrast, look for a square crop... perhaps look at changing the background... Nothing too far removed from reality, it's the realness of those textures that makes this interesting for me. I'll have a play with it and see what happens.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 838 1368 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 5:17PM
Mod uploaded. I've simply tried to replicate how I would want to take the subject - at an angle, from below, against a plain sky. So all I have done is paint out the foliage, rotate and crop, then adjust the light to give greater contrast. In particular I wanted a diagonal to rise from the bottom left corner, which gives a much more dynamic effect that standing straight.
pamelajean Plus
10 949 1781 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 7:39PM
A very strange tree indeed, Colm, and thankyou for the opportunity to play with it.
Like Moira, I immediately wanted to isolate the tree, then give it an alternative background. I was going to try for a bit of an eerie look, but went for "fairly straightforward" instead.
I chose one of my sky backgrounds that wasn't too detailed, so as not to detract from the outline of the tree. This one has some gulls flying around, which I felt interacted with the tree. The birds seem curious and even a bit wary about its form. I wanted the clouds to be moving diagonally so that I could lean the tree into them.
Two modifications. The second one is simply a square crop of my first.
Pamela.
cjlar Plus
3 19 Ireland
2 Jul 2013 10:02PM
Thanks very much Pamela and Moira, This is what I was hoping for. The seagulls bring Alfred Hitchcock to mind.
I will try a couple of angles and directions next week and upload for critique.
I am a bit confused about using a longer lens as I used an 18-70. I will try a 70-300 and stand in the next countySmile
Thanks again
CJ
mrswoolybill Plus
9 838 1368 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 7:46AM
Sorry, the Exif above hasn't picked up your lens details so I assumed you were using a 50mm lens. I should have said a longer focal length - 70mm would enable you to go in closer for the angles and details.
Moira

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