Rowan alone



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An image from scouting a local woodland I’m interested in feedback on.

I was drawn to this by the lone young Rowan tree at the base of these much larger, and older, pines.

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I’m unsure about this image generally but specifically the foreground, it was tricky to deal with, the greens were too luminous and it just looked messy. I’ve tried a few things and think it’s ‘ok’ now but would value others opinions.

Technical Details

Nikon Z7 II
Nikkor 24-70 F4 @ 70mm and F8
ISO 64

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Hi Dom - Your image kept catching my eye as I scrolled through the posts. You framed up the little tree well. It does contrast well with the older pines, but since the subject appears to be the little tree, I think the older pines could be darkened a bit to make them less prominent. I could see darkening the pines and the entire background to give this a bit more drama and highlight the rowan tree.

Your foreground looks fine to me. There’s a lot of busyness, but at this scale it turns to a block of texture and the detail isn’t a bother.

Here’s what I was thinking about darkening it. I cooled and darkened the background and big trees. Maybe I took it too far, but you get my idea. Hope you don’t mind.


Hi @Bonnie_Lampley - thanks for your feedback and thanks for taking the time to tweak the image. I like what you’ve done, I’ve been working with the image a little bit more since I posted it and had darkened the background a little too - but I like the way you’ve done it and the added blue helps as well I think so I’ll do that as well.

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I love these kind of intimate woodland scenes. For my tastes the rework by @Bonnie_Lampley nailed it as it places so much more emphasis on the young tree making it the star; as it should be; of the image. Beautifully done!

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