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Looking up

By mark2uk
A walk in the woods with the camera resulted in this image.....

A little post processing to get the final result.

Tags: Leaves General Tree Green Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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mhfore Plus
10 6 176 England
15 Apr 2012 11:50AM
Morning Mark,

I'll tell you what, you certainly pick some different angles to take some of your shots from Wink and they work. The angle of this image as certainly given it a feeling of strength towering above you, well it does to me Grin.

Mark it appears to be a little to green on the trunk and would maybe make a stronger looking image with a bit more contrast (see mod). The adjustments I made were, select "Brightness/Contrast" and push the contrast to 33 and the brigthness to 16 then reduce the saturation to -9. Then in "Filters" at the bottom select "Other" then "High Pass" (if you have it) and I set the radius to 2.3, your copy (which you should be working on) will turn silver, don't worry. Then in your blend Options select "Soft Light" this will sharpen the image in places but I used this for the tree trunk, if you click the layer on and off you will see the effect and you can reduce the opacity or erase it from certain areas before you flatten.

Take care

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 3:51PM
This has the potential to be very strong, but there is something strange and un-natural about the tones. You do not say what the processing was, but it looks almost HDR. The result is a strange compression of tonal range - I think I would prefer it nearer 'real' tones.

pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1984 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 7:02PM
I looked at this yesterday, Mark and didn't have anything to say except for what Martin said about it being overly green throughout.
I see that you have uploaded this in your pf before, and have made a few slight adjustments, but you don't say what these are.
I certainly like your pov and the way the tree trunk emanates from the bottom left corner. One strong element is the way you captured the dark branch running up the trunk, which breaks up what would otherwise be a large and less interesting amount of space given to the trunk. I also like the way you have filled the frame with the tree.
The image isn't quite sharp, Mark, and maybe you needed a faster shutter speed, because leaves do move about a lot. However, it was probably quite dark beneath the tree canopy, and your ISO suggests this too. Lifting the image in editing would help, both with brightness and contrast.
I did a modification yesterday and will upload it, but don't remember everything I did. I think I adjusted levels, brightened the image, adjusted the colours and contrast, and was attempting to emphasize the dark branches and also bring out some detail in the leaves and bark. I also slightly desaturated the colours and used a high pass sharpen.

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