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Old tree and church building

By pablophotographer
Hello all.
I came across some rather impressive big tall trees on my walk the other day and I took pictures both with my camera and with the phone. If I remember correctly this tree had a branch going to the left as a cross but I decided to focus on the right side of it and place the church under the branch. The tiny space of the left of the tree is to show the circumference so I was keen in keeping it visible. The tree may lean a bit but as far I could judge the church tower in the background stands vertically.

I liked the picture at first now I have second thoughts about the composition, especially with the space above the tree branch. No squirel was available to pose there at the time.
A direct comparison of the image seen here with the image on the phone has significant difference on tint and vibrancy, it may all come to screen settings or the diffrenece of pixels per ince in the screen of the phone compared to the device I use.., mobile is not calibrated for sure, hmm.

For years I have been liking the contrast results given by the Kodak Professional BW400CN. After its demise, I used Fujifilm Neopan 400CN which produces softer tones. If my memory serves me right pictures shot in the late 40's and 50's I recall seeing from old photo albums with the rice paper in betwen images looked soft in their tonality. Have we been used to be seeing stronger black and whiite toned images that we render the softer tones inappropriate?

Thanking you all in advance for your thoughts, manipulations and input.

Tags: Soft Tree Black and white

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2018 1:58PM
The space at the top grabbed my eye before I even registered the church. That's counter-productive... Without it, the upturned L-shape makes a very effective frame. But a crop at the top needs a crop at the bottom to balance it, I think.

The mono is a bit fifty shades of grey, I suspect that the light was flat and hazy and that is difficult to convey in a flat image because it kills the sense of distance, movement from here to there. If you look at the histogram, you'll see that the main curve occupies only a fraction of the baseline, in the middle.

I shall go and have a play with this...

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2081 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2018 3:52PM
It's an interesting image and my first thought was to do what Moira has done, but having seen that, I went for something different.

You mention your concern about the space above the tree branch. I felt that most of it should be kept in the frame because there is so much plain area below the church. So I cropped to not only place the church on a thirds line (horizontally), but also to place the church in the middle of the frame (vertically).

I used the burn tool on the right side of the tree (there is quite a lot of light spoiling the contrast there), then brightened the image overall, made blacks blacker, did a Levels adjustment, and sharpened.

banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4009 Canada
18 Apr 2018 4:29PM
Is it mono from the phone, or did you convert to mono?
pablophotographer 7 1.2k 348
18 Apr 2018 7:05PM

Quote:Is it mono from the phone, or did you convert to mono?
the main picture is a mono conversion from the software in the phone
pablophotographer 7 1.2k 348
18 Apr 2018 7:07PM

Quote:Is it mono from the phone, or did you convert to mono?

The mono conversion of the main picture was done in the phone by the provided sofware and it was uploaded straight from the phone.
dudler Plus
15 866 1490 England
18 Apr 2018 8:52PM
My thought is that I'd like to see a little more space on the left, so that the trunk leaves the frame right in the top left corner. And...

Looking at older pictures, in annuals, there was a tendency to make tones soft up to the Sixties, at least. Then - and it may be my imagination, as I was young then - the Swinging Sixties, the Bailey/Lichfield generation, produced bright and sparkling BW images. Look at Bailey's portraits of Michael Caine, the Krays, and others.

Now, there's a belief that every image should cover the whoel range, and it's enforced a little too often, maybe.

It was always a fault to make a print 'beige' (as one frined says). But soft and gentle can be a valid artistic decision...

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