A couple of new images (continued)

Regarding the second image in my blog posting from earlier today, I here have a black and white version of the image.  The crop is almost 3×2, which I felt didn’t work too well in the colour version, but oddly enough does seem to be ok here (I think): it has the advantage that it cuts out the stray out-of-focus grass in the bottom right corner, but has the disadvantage that the curve of the lake has almost completely gone.  One of the other things that the conversion to black and white has enabled is the application (in Photoshop) of a colour filter that takes away the rich green from all the vegetation and leaves: this richness was a bit distracting compared to the tree as the main focus, and the relatively long exposure needed in the early morning light meant that the ever-so-gentle breeze moved them.  That is almost imperceptible in the monochrome version, and makes it better, I think.

Interestingly, I realise I’ve just there argued a case for the monochrome version, which I had created at the same time as editing the colour one!

Ratzeburg, lakeside tree, summer 2011

Ratzeburg, lakeside tree, summer 2011

Comments, as always, are welcome!


10 thoughts on “A couple of new images (continued)

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    1. Michael Marten Post author

      Thank you! If I’d had that discussion with myself more vociferously, I might never have posted the colour one! 🙂

  2. Mike Green

    Ah – OK, so I should have read ahead here 😉 I do think burning the corner would be better than cropping…. just my opinion, but it seems a bit bottom-heavy now really. Still nice though. i.e. I agree with your pros and cons, and I think the net of the crop is in favour of not cropping 😉

    1. Michael Marten Post author

      Ah, you did find this after all 🙂

      It’s interesting that you suggest burning the corner – to do so would retain the curve of the water’s edge, but I found it hard to balance everything when I tried it, and opted for cropping as the best solution. Had I used a wider lens (I hadn’t brought it with me) or been able to take two steps back (I couldn’t), then there would have been more ‘breathing space’ on either side and the balance would have been better – and avoided the bottom-heavy issue that you point to.

      I’m actively reacquainting myself with all these things in Assynt just now on one of Bruce’s workshops, which is nice. He mentioned that you had been on one of his earlier trips (though I knew that already from your blog).

  3. Mike Green

    Lucky you, being in Assynt with Bruce. I hope it’s going well – such an excellent area!
    You’re right about burning the corner – it’s *very* bright, hence doesn’t work overly well :-\ As I said, the mono version looks very good to me anyway; I just thought I’d mention the burning idea.

    1. Michael Marten Post author

      Having a great time… about to go out in the pouring rain! 🙂

      Yes, the problem is with that bright white line of grass in the corner. I’m reluctant to clone it out too (wonder where I get that from?! 🙂 Actually, I’ve long disliked doing that, but my view on ‘not cloning’ is encouraged by Bruce’s approach!).

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