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Dead Wood & Water

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Rubbish stuff
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

I sometimes pass this old tree and I knew it got flooded after a rainfall.


Monochrome with green filter and a slight purple tint
Neat Image
Raised Black Point

Place: 140 out of 209
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Votes: 169
Comments: 10
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02/06/2009 04:06:10 AM
Kari Ann - many thanks for you critique here and you have picked up on the main thing that is lacking in this shot - the DOF in relation to the composition. I did do a slightly better version that at least was better composed for f/4:

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But I had cloned out a power pylon and hadn't received the nod from SC before my submission deadline. I wouldv'e sought clarification before then but only became nervous because of a forum thread I had read - I should've stuck to my guns and stayed with my original.

However, the DOF problem remains in both versions. Getting access to this tree when it is wet is a bit of a challenge - both shots are done with me out of the sunroof of my 4X4 which is sat in a flooded area of the adjacent road; I'd have to trespass to get a better vantage point (the fence and adjacent farm building are out of shot). I wish it had been foggy AND wet on that day, I'd have then been sorted! - see one from a foggy day below:

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Again, many thanks for your critique


02/05/2009 10:21:45 PM
This is Kari Ann, greetings from the Critique Club:

composition: good composition wise, the tree falls nicely in the rule of thirds.

color: gives the image a bit of an IR feel being in black and white

contrast: more contrast between the background and the tree in the foreground would have worked better IMO (and as others have stated)

focus: (see below)

depth of field: either a different angle or a more dramatic approach to the image would justify the use of the f4.0, here the background is too distracting to the eye, and the slight blur makes it even more annoying.

lighting: lighting is ok, but a bit on the flat side, maybe a more pronounced sky would have helped break up the white sky

other: I left the focus empty for a reason, mostly because I feel that the image has no real focus. The trees in the background severely compete with the main tree, and even though the main tree is in focus, its lost in a sea of slightly OOF trees. i have viewed your portfolio many a time, and feel this is not one of your more focused shots. Try revisiting this spot and seeing what else you can come up with, because i know this spot has potential, it just needs a little push for it to get there. i hope this was more constructive than mean, because thats what im trying to do, help others to help myself. If you have any more questions at all, you are more than welcome to PM me anytime.
-Kari Ann
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2009 05:42:39 PM
very, very nice tree, however, the background seems too busy. There's not enough contrast between the tree and the background to make it stand out enough so it gets a little lost in the photo
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01/28/2009 10:44:44 AM
I like the detail on the trunk and the 3 dimensional feel this has.
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01/27/2009 01:00:17 PM
oh i love the texture in the wood, very pretty. i know you cant control this, but i love the water surrounding the tree also. it makes the tree look taller:) i might have done some burning on the branches
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01/27/2009 12:07:43 PM
good subject however the background is blown out way to much very hard on the eyes
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01/26/2009 04:10:23 PM
I like this interesting shot. Maybe a bit more contrast would of helped here it's pretty washed out.
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01/26/2009 01:38:16 PM
Spectacular tree, but the background is competing for too much of my attention.
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01/26/2009 04:36:35 AM
Think the B/W colors are to boring. Would have been nice with some more dynamic in the colors.
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01/26/2009 01:48:40 AM
Flat light and tonal range. 5.
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