Posted on Mar.04, 2011, under Abstract

Following up yesterdays post, I wanted to post a couple more variations that I did of the same tree. The first variation is from the same raw image used for yesterdays shot (and shown down below), the second variation is of the same tree at the same location, but from a slightly different composition. I didn’t include the raw shot because it was virtually identical to the other raw shot with the only difference being how the shot was framed.

(Nikon D700, 70-300 at 185mm, ISO 400, Exposure 1/125 sec @ f/16)

For this image, I wanted to show a bit more of the surrounding area. I changed the blend mode of one of my textures from Darker Color to Linear Burn and it let in more information. I added a curves layer for some additional contrast and reduced the saturation just a bit. The other key difference with this image is the way the tree goes to silhouette instead of being green. I think it makes for an interesting pattern.

This next image once again used a different blend mode. I had taken my out-of-camera image and processed it in Silver Efex Pro to create a relatively high key black and white image. I then applied a curves layer to make it even brighter. On top of that I used a ‘Lime Plaster’ texture and chose the ‘Difference’ blending mode which created this interesting effect on the tree trunk. I finished it off as a square crop.

(Nikon D700, 70-300 at 185mm, ISO 400, Exposure 1/250 sec @ f/16)

The out of camera scene is shown below:

I’ll admit that these images may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I find them interesting more as abstractions than as photographs. As always, your comments, criticisms and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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