This is one of those shots my kids have a tendency to make, and a few advanced students, as well accomplished as this, but that said (and I really do love the tonal quality of it), it doesn't strike any particular chord in me. I like it for the expertise and experience it took to create, but I probably wouldn't hang it on my wall. Perhaps an odd dichotomy in all of us.
A set of crayons and a colouring book are in the post
I can see where you were heading with this Donald. It has a good depth to it and I love the dreamy trees in the background. The trees in the foreground are just verging on over-sharpened but I like the effect of that - trees are little b****rs to shoot. The problem for me is with the water it looks really odd. I suspect it could be blowing out of the highlights on the ripples coupled with the sharpening.
I certainly will not be sending you to the housemasters office for this one though
As I've written elsewhere, I've been having real trouble with Silver Efex Pro2 ever since I got the upgrade. I persevered and got it up for this conversion. But it is sooooo slow. Anyway, I think I've over-cooked the 'fine structure' on the water.The problem for me is with the water it looks really odd.
Will try again.
Last edited by Donald; 4th June 2011 at 01:28 PM.
mmmm...you know in these particular lighting conditions you my just have a point.Must be that d*&% L lens. Just too good!
Works for me, I liked the first one, but the rework is much better, I love it and to my eye on my screen it has a bit of a sun breaking through the fog look.
Last edited by Donald; 4th June 2011 at 08:53 PM.
That was going to be my suggestion...darken the trees; I've always been interested in tree trunks, limbs and bark - the character of trees. Also incrementally softening the water starting about a quarter up... I like the little guy on the bottom right, the rocks....and, well I can't help but put a human touch to things...the way it seems they are looking to those lush healthy trees across the loch, top right...I like it, tells me a story.
I like to think, having grown up on a farm, that I've always had an awareness and respect for the natural environment. But since getting serious about photography just over 2 years ago, I have really learned to look and to see. And you are so right - trees and the detail of the them are fascinating subjects. We did have a tree thread running at one time and the many of the images on there were both wonderful and inspirational. Some of the work on trees that Rob (Marshall) has done and is posted on CiC is well worth searching out.
I really like the second version more as well, but to me for some reason the wee tree on the right just seems to distract me as doesn't seem part of the while scene for some reason....?.