In The Farmer's Field

During one of the first blizzards of 2017, my girlfriend and I chose to go on a photo-centered walk along the back-roads by my house. Although this tree had not stood out to me earlier - most likely due to the lack of separation from the surrounding environment - it certainly did that day. I could not resist creating an image from the scene. This one in particular was what helped solidify my wanting to create calming photographs to print large and hang on the wall.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

Anything your heart desires.

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Anything your heart desires.

Any pertinent technical details:

Nikon D7200 | 85mm 1.8G | f/9 1/40 ISO 100

Allow other members to download your photo to demonstrate processing examples only?

Go for it.

Hey Cody,

I think the composition. Your use of negative space drew me in to find the dark tree.

One thing I would try is to reduce the contrast of the background elements to simplify the scene further

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This looks real nice! I agree with Nathan about the nice use of negative space. No suggestions from me, looks most enjoyable as presented.

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I like it as is, but I also have a suggestion that you could look at and see if you like it. Try cropping off most of the upper part. I tried this, and I still really like how the tree stands out against the trees, buildings and snow. Doing that crop let me see the snow falling across the tree and those bushes on the left. I thought it was really cool. It gives a different feel from this wider angle, and I like both versions. I think it still has the calming effect you talked about. In fact, for me, it makes me feel like I am right there in the snowstorm.
Nice image!

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Thank you all for the comments. I will definitely go back to this photograph in post-production and test out some things, but more importantly will keep them in mind for future images similar to this one.

I can also see this working with a slightly different crop rather than square. There’s a lot of empty space up at the top and I realize that’s part of the mood that you’ve created but I might like to see what it looks like as a rectangular crop.

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