Inspired to post by @Bonnie_Lampley and her lovely “through the branching” images, I selectively focused through some closer branching with a wide aperture, creating what looks like an image from a dream.
I processed it to a brownish monochrome to enhance the unfocused effect and minimize distraction from color.
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Any critique is welcome
Is this a composite: No
Nikkor 70-300mm @ 300mm
Ooooh, lovely! I like the way the main tree goes in and out of haziness - that really gives this the feel of a dream. And the warm toning is lovely adds to the feeling. The only thing that catches my eye is the shadow of a vertical trunk in the background in the left 1/3 of the frame. It disrupts the flow of the dream as it cuts through the graceful curving branches. Maybe you intended that to be a disturbing element. If not, it could be lightened (with the right luminosity mask - maybe selecting just midtones).
Thanks for your comment on the distraction of the background trunks. I played a bit with a range mask in LR to isolate them the adjusted shadows, highlights, contrast, and haze. I rather like the variable haziness across the scene - it really gives it an uncertain focus. I guess I don’t mind a bit of the background trunks in an unfocused state since it is clear to me that I’m in a forested location.
I reposted and would love to hear any further comments, especially if you are still distracted by the background trunks.
Repost looks good. The variable haziness is definitely a plus.
Matt: Intriguing image nicely conceived and executed. I do prefer the repost. Well done. >=))>
Thank you, Bill! I prefer the repost too.