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Bare Trees

By rmd
I was drawn to take this image because of the contrast between the firs and the bare trees. Did not do very much post processing, just darkened down the foreground ( wall was quite bright and distracting) , lightened the foreground trees. I would welcome a critique.

Tags: Landscape photography Landscape and travel Trees autumn

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
12 Nov 2019 9:23PM
This is a nice landscape detail, and those bare trees do make a contrast.
However, they don't stand out strongly. Looking at the background I'm guessing the lioght was hazy, and stronger light would have created more contrast. Maybe that happened when you toned down the foreground brightness.

Three objects is a good number thouigh.

The contrast can be pushed further here and a mono is a possibility so I'll try a couple of mods.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2019 9:33PM
Thanks for telling us what you saw here, and what have done here. I do like the simplicity, and the contrast in the trees. Life and death.

My feeling is that you perhaps overdid the darkening, this does look underexposed to me and the result is a bit flat. If you look at the histogram it is bunched to the left, so no really light tones. Now think of Old Master paintings, those seemingly random flecks of white paint. Those are the highlights that bring a scene to life, give a 3-dimensional feel, and that's what is lacking here.

I've uploaded a quick modification. Plus 10% brightness, a Levels tweak moving the right hand slider in to boost those highlights, then some very gentle dodging (highlights) and burning (shadows) - huge brush, just 3% exposure for both, working over the trees.

And I agree with Keith above, b&w beckons...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
12 Nov 2019 9:34PM
In my coloiur mod I warmed the colour balance then made separate Curves adjustments to the foreground, trees and sky.

For the mono mod I used Nik SilverEfex, choosing a high contrast preset folled by adjusting red yellow and blue response. I than added a vignette to focus attention on those bare trunks.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
13 Nov 2019 12:23AM
I think, when we were all using film, this would have passed muster pretty well: a little underexposure looks good, and it's easy to overlook a slight lack of sparkle and brilliance.

But we have the tools to correct this, and I've just taken a simple approach to making the trees shine, using Levels.

It would be interesting to see an unprocessed version, to understand where you started from.

Finally, I think that you're right on the borderline with sharpening, almost but not quite reaching hte point of things starting to look wiry and gritty.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
13 Nov 2019 2:34PM
Its underexposed, so it does look a but dull, and its nice if yu get the whiter trees to be a bit brighter as dudler mentions.

Ive uploaded another mod with this done, and also cropped space from the bottom while adding a bit of sky to the top.


rmd 5 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2019 7:05PM
Thanks for your constructive comments. I do appreciate them.

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