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The Hi tree
The Hi tree

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Accidental Letters (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: 1/4 mile N of I-680 on Pershing Drive, Omaha NE
Date: Apr 2, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2005

Yes, this is composed of actual, living trees. As soon as I read the title for this challenge these trees sprang to mind.

Due to the terrain surrounding the trees, getting a picture I was happy with proved surprisingly difficult. To get this shot I had to stand in a moderately busy street at the base of a bluff. The trees at the top of the bluff cast distracting shadows on the Hi tree after 13:00, so I had to re-shoot this several times on different days to find a time when the traffic, shadows from the bluff, and construction in the field behind the tree all allowed for a decent shot. The tight crop and shallow DOF were done to reduce the visual clutter of the construction site behind the tree.

Trivia: this tree grows in the state were Arbor Day originated.

Processing: desaturated colors, increased contrast +-25, reduced brightness +-20, cropped slightly, scaled to proper dimensions.

Place: 30 out of 270
Avg (all users): 6.1268
Avg (commenters): 7.4375
Avg (participants): 5.8190
Avg (non-participants): 6.3500
Views since voting: 1260
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 276
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/06/2005 06:54:11 PM
great find, but suffers from a lack of aesthetic value.
04/16/2005 02:34:14 AM
Going back to leave some additional comments. this was an amazing find....trees spelling "hi", but technically, the picture leaves me wanting more. The fence is distracting and there just isn't much true clarity....seems washed out.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2005 11:28:33 PM
very unique.
04/12/2005 11:24:05 PM
Very creative...like it. I wish the lighting was a little bit more special, but even so, this photo meets the challenge perfectly.
04/12/2005 10:55:30 PM
That pretty cool! It's a fantastic pic. Just a teensy bit more contrast, and it's be a super-fantanstic pic :D
04/12/2005 02:19:17 AM
clever... well spotted!
04/11/2005 05:22:58 PM
This is nice! I like it and I see nothing wrong with it so 10 from me!
04/09/2005 11:30:55 PM
Great framing. Good Idea. Wish I'd thought of it..... 6
04/09/2005 09:18:02 PM
Very cute! I like the choice of a black and white composition on this one. Good job.
04/09/2005 03:42:14 PM
Nice shot
04/08/2005 05:27:47 PM
I almost entered a small 'h' photo of a tree growing in the river water.
04/07/2005 02:40:57 PM
Wowsers! Nice tree, good shot.
04/07/2005 10:48:32 AM
04/07/2005 09:47:22 AM
this is reallt neat...beacuase i have never seen a tree like this! And i like how it is black and whtie and you can really see the texture on the tree abd the fence. This is a very nic eshot.
04/07/2005 08:54:36 AM
hi there also, really great, and the b&w touch is very nice
04/06/2005 09:31:22 PM
would have liked to see the spring colors, but nice letter finding! H's are hard to find!
04/06/2005 06:09:07 PM
how'd that grow like that?
04/06/2005 03:55:55 PM
That's awesome!
04/06/2005 12:05:42 PM
Got a real chuckle out of this, nice catch. B*W works for this.
04/06/2005 10:40:08 AM
Great find. Too bad about the fence in the background. Hard to tell how far away it is from the trees. Could you have used a larger aperture to put the fence out of focus?
04/06/2005 09:51:10 AM
This is a nice image. I love how you were able to capture this unique image. I love how you did it in black and white to. The textures in this image are really nice. Nice work.
04/06/2005 07:52:52 AM
well seen...
04/06/2005 02:04:54 AM
good spotting! could have made it more dramatic with more contrast?
still 7

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