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Burned forest

By Lakkou  
This is a side of a forest in North west of Tunisia which was burned in summer 2016, going through this morning, I wanted to turn this tragedy into a black and white photo (the original is in Mod)

Tags: Forest Black and white Burned trees

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Maiwand 15 3 73 England
23 Feb 2018 7:14PM
Fine shot.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
23 Feb 2018 10:17PM
Youve done well.

Mono is a natural choice for this, though there are other options.

I loaded a mod to show another possibility, - its not necessarily better, simply different.

The idea is to increase the height of the image without increasing the width, which makes the trees taller and thinner. Its also higher contrast and still colour, though desaturated a bit.


mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2018 7:53AM
I really like the simplicity and power.

The problem with a composition like this is the cut-off at the sides. I've uploaded a modification with a slice cropped off the right side. It gives a straightforward rise and fall along the top without cut-off trunks or half trees creeping in.

I like Willie's crop, it leads the eye to explore height rather than breadth. I wanted to try something different though.

Two other changes. The original seems to slant a bit - well trees are rarely perfectly straight. Anyway I skewed bottom left out a bit. I think a hint of converging verticals conveys height, without reducing the formality.

I also used the dodge tool very gently set to highlights, 3% exposure, huge brush, over the lower part of the frame. It gives a better sense of depth, 3-dimensional space, I think.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2018 8:28AM
The initial impact is quite strong, but I would not know this woodland had been burnt from your image. You would need to get in closer and show more detail of the damage and/or the resurgence of life.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1891 England
24 Feb 2018 4:12PM
I can understand why you'd want to make a picture of this - and that black and white is a natural choice for reportage.

I'll put in a word for colour, though - it makes it easier to see the difference between the burned trees and other things, especially as you have some unburned undergrowth in the foreground.

So my mod crops a fraction, and does three things - increased saturation, a levels adjustment to open up the midtones, and some burning in (appropriately) of the blackened trees, to try to make them show up better in contrast with the live foliage.

Does it work, do you think?
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
25 Feb 2018 9:09PM
They don't look burned in the mono image though those of us in more norhterly latitudes are used to seeing trees without leaves Smile

Howeer, you mono treatment has created an appealing image.

Lakkou 4 Tunisia
28 Feb 2018 9:19AM
Thank you all for your comments and mods, I liked them very much, as usual I learned something new.

I added a photo in mods of the side of the forest which was not burned to see the difference.

Thank you once again

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