The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.
I haven’t been out to shoot anything in weeks since the weather has just been so dreary and cold. So I thought I’d get into some shots from last year that I haven’t put up here. This is from the day I finally photographed tamarack pines in all their golden glory. I have plans to hit this area of the county again come spring when they are in their green glory. Tamaracks are my favorite trees so I feel badly that I’ve ignored them for so long.
Anyway…nothing specific in terms of feedback, but I’d like a general consensus as to how the composition and processing looks. This group of trees, and for that matter, most of them, are at the back of open ponds surrounded by marshy/boggy areas that you can’t get into without getting wet. So I used a long lens and I think I was on the top of a viewing platform as well, so there are different viewpoints to be had.
Lr for most of the processing and the crop because the foreground is basically uniform. Added a lot of contrast into this because of the backlighting, also some exposure. Texture, clarity & vibrance. Achieved the saturation and look of the colors in the Calibration panel only. Some sleight of hand in Photoshop as well as use of masks to further sculpt and model the trees.
I really like this one, Kristen. I think I’d be tempted to burn the row of leafless trees behind the tamarack pines, as it would likely give the golden color a little more “pop” without having to increase saturation. It might even be worth doing the same and desaturating by just a touch the grasses surrounding the trees. Perfectly fine image as-is, just my 2 cents on how I might try processing it. Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful image of a beautiful tree, @_Kris . Like @Matt_Payne, I found the little guy in the center foreground to be a bit distracting actually. While the entire image is beautiful, I think the left half of your original composition is the best, and I like it as a vertical (4x5 ratio) to emphasize a layer effect of textures and colors.
Thanks @Lon_Overacker, @kristal, @Matt_Payne & @jefflafrenierre - so I guess now I will reveal my sleight of hand. It had to do with the little tree in front. It’s not really there. I moved it from much closer in the image because I liked it, but not where it was. Here’s the uncropped version with the tree in its proper place -