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Lone Tree

By penelope_r
Taken mid afternoon at Broke Inlet an isolated fishing spot on the South West Coast of Western Australia

Tags: Landscape General Lone tree Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Broke inlet

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
6 Jan 2009 6:54PM
Hi Penny,

You have a good idea here to show an isolated tree on the beach.

Shots like this are most effective when there is a sense of real isolation, - for example the tree is small, far away, in a large open, empty space. So one suggestion would be to shoot further away, - but Im sure there were reasons why you didnt, - other things/people nearby.

The image itself can be improved by increasing contrast, - it looks a little flat. I looked at many of you portfolio pics and a lot of them similarly lack contrast. This may simply be due to the bright,harsh light (better contrast in morning or evening with the light softer and at an angle). Either way, you can improve this with a simeple levels or curves adjustment on Photoshop. For this image for example, open the levels window, and you will see that the graph is bunched up in the middle. Drag the left and right slider inwards until they just touch the start of the graph (histogram) and you will see an immediate improvement.
You might also consider using a circular polarizer in those bright conditions, it will provide much deeper colours and better contrast.

This is essentially what I have done in the mod. IN addition, I added some sky to the top of the image simply to illustrate a composition til whereby placing the horizon one third of the way up or down the frame can be better than potting it right in the middle.


I hope you find this helpful,


Regards


Willie
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
9 Jan 2009 12:48AM
I think Willie has it well covered here - I think a polariser would probably work well in deepening the colours here. I agree with Wiile preferring to have seen the tree in wider surroundings to emphasise the sense of "lone-ness"

Stephen
penelope_r 14 1 Australia
12 Jan 2009 7:56AM
Thanks to both of you for your critques. I really found them helpful in trying to improve my images. - Penny

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