This is a very beautiful photo Lon. I love how the larger tree is extending its branches toward the smaller tree, almost like a parent encouraging or comforting their child with a hand on the shoulder. I like how you managed to isolate those trees against the chaos of the other branches, and how those other branches form a wonderful pattern in the background. This works great for me as it stands. Really lovely work.
That’s OK Lon, you’re an expert on theses type of scenes. With me, Yeah, more rocks…
This is excellent for what is a group of very stark and battered looking trees overall. The main cedar is the key attraction here no doubt and you’ve got it isolated as good as it gets. An obvious B&W conversion and extremely well worked in the end…
Yeah more trees; but you do them so expertly, Lon. I have no suggestions as this is a beautifully crafted image. The off center comp works nicely as does the B&W processing. I particularly like how the limbs of the one tree seem to be reaching out to the surrounding trees.
Really beautiful Lon. For something that has a lot of complexity in it, it retains a very delicate feeling due to the graceful shape of the “glowy” tree. The luminosity on that “glowy” tree is perfect IMO, even if you did add some Orton type effect to it. It’s a nit pick, but I would crop a bit off the left to eliminate some of the distractions that others have mentioned.
Thanks for the comments everyone! Good call on the clean up, especially upper left. There’s so many branches in this one! Lot’s of little things that could be fixed if this ever sees print.
Any glow would be a result of tweaking things in Nik’s EFex PRO2 conversion. There’s just two other layers, a burn layer and a brightness/contrast layer concentrating on reducing some contrast on the the right to make the brighter tree stand out a little more.
This one looks dead and a bit ghostly in the presentation. I like the image just fine. My only comment would be that the crop at the top feels a bit abrupt or not quite right. Although I’m not quite sure what would look right. Maybe one more side branch lower. At least with a scroll crop if feels a bit more balanced.
Lon, I think the off center comp works, however I might prefer just a hair more room on the RHS, seems to feel a little imbalanced. I’m thinking you could also do some judicious burning on that brighter branch coming into the frame near top left, or alternatively cloning it out. This is a compelling scene that works quite well as B&W.