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Old 20th Jul 2007, 17:19   #1
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[07/07] First POTM Entry



I've joined POTM for a few months now, and here is my first entry. I thought it was grotesquely elegant in the way this tree died. I was speeding down a highway in the Rockies, so I didn't have much time to composite the shot. This was a lucky one out of 2. The other was super blurred.

No post processing aside from contrast/exposure/black adjustments in RAW, and the resize.

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Old 20th Jul 2007, 17:42   #2
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i quite like this
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Old 20th Jul 2007, 18:48   #3
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I like this shot. I'm a sucker for black and white, and this image has an Ansel Adams quality to it, in my opinion. I really like the tone in the surrounding trees; they're dark, with just the right amount of highlight. I think this photo would be even stronger if you pulled the dead tree up a litle bit more. Make it almost white. Make it really "pop" against the dark background.

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Old 20th Jul 2007, 19:39   #4
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Monkey,

I've made it a shade darker. I don't want to darken it too much or I'd start losing details in the surrounding foliage. But you're right, it was a little faded. It wasn't as noticeable in my software as it was converted and uploaded. So now, it is the newer version.

Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 20th Jul 2007, 23:30   #5
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It still looks pretty good, but perhaps I wasn't very clear in my previous post. I liked how dark the trees were before. Now that I'm home viewing on my calibrated monitor, the trees look a little too dark; some of the nicer highlights have disappeared. What I meant was that the dead tree could have been lighter.

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Old 22nd Jul 2007, 23:14   #6
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Very good shot Reminds me of the pictures by Yann Arthus Bertrand who shoots "earth from above"
Dig him here: http://www.yannarthusbertrand.com/
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Old 22nd Jul 2007, 23:19   #7
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That is awesome. What camera did you use and is there a larger version I could use for a background(with your permission )?
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Old 22nd Jul 2007, 23:26   #8
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That is awesome. What camera did you use and is there a larger version I could use for a background(with your permission )?
That would be a Rebel XT, coupled with a 70-200 F/4L. It was shot at 200mm at F/4 (which is why if you look closely at the full size version, you'll see some out of focus trees). I believe it was ISO100 at 1/200th shutter speed.

The location is somewhere between Jasper and Calgary - there's a lot of these dead trees that look twisted and gnarled. I think this shot might have been taken while I was in a car.

Sure you can use it as a background as long as you credit me if people ask. Just send me a private message with your email and the dimensions of your desktop is and I'll toss you a copy.
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