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    Winter's Trees

    Had a nice snow a couple days ago, and as I was didn't have the time to go anywhere, I made of project of touring the neighborhood to look for interesting trees. Here's my attempt to make something interesting out of the mundane. I'm sure some of it will depend a lot on personal taste, but I liked them. Your thoughts appreciated. Thanks for viewing.
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    Re: Winter's Trees

    3、5、6 ok

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    Hi Kevin, I think you've done a great job. Here's my thoughts.

    #1 is pretty but looks fairly ordinary
    #2 I really liked this one - the eeriness and also the symmetry but then I saw the next one and it suddenly seemed dull
    #3 Love this one. The extra bit of color really adds something and that front tree is just showcased by the others - like backup dancers to the lead
    #4 It's hard not to like snow, calm water (or ice) and reflections. It looks cold there but pretty.
    #5 I love this one too. There's a story here that I want to learn more about. I like that there is some interest in the sky. It does draw my eye but I bounce right back to the trail.
    #6 Also love this one. The only change I might make is to take just a tiny bit off the left to close off that alternate route around the cedar tree.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Whatever I see on my screen is absolutely beautiful.
    Maybe the WB is off in #1 & 4, however I think you did it on purpose, it suits the scene perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks, Andre, Terri and Think for viewing and kind remarks. The white balances are intended to emphasize the cold. #2 does look a ittle boring here- it displays a little better by itself with a white border. #1 is indeed a bit ordinary, Terri, but I loved that light that had filtered through for a moment and looked for the nearest subject- light was gone in about 15 secs.

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    I like them all 4,6 and 5 best. In that order.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Thanks for the feedback, Mark

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    All terrific - have to give the storm a little credit too, though, it really set you up nicely.

    Favs are 3 and 5. The former for effect, that latter for composition, depth, stateliness. Very curious how you brushed the softness into 2 and 3 like that. It works for me, esp in #3, and does not seem overdone.

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    Beautiful shots Kevin - all of them. I'll never be able to see this sort of thing in my neighbourhood so I'm a bit jealous ! (But not of the associated cold temps). You've certainly achieved your aim.

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    A visual feast!

    #1 I also thought fairly ordinary. Nice...
    #2 had me saying "sublime".
    #3 had me regretting saying that because I wanted to use it for this photo.
    #4 I thought very nice, but not the same impact.
    #5 and #6 I love the harsher contrast. How did you PP them?

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Thank you, guys, glad you liked them. No doubt the storm made everything look a bit more interesting.

    Mark, the softness was generated just by playing with clarity and sharpness in LR 4, also added a touch a fog with Color Efex Pro. In #6, did almost nothing except to raise the black point and play with the snow to whiten it without losing detail.

    #5 was a little more work. I wanted to enhance the detail and contrast in the clouds, without graying out the snow, so I used a different gradient layer for the top and bottom halves separately, and burnt the footprints individually.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Nice series.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    They are all lovely but it is 2 & 5 for me...oh, and thank you for sharing some of the editing details.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    # and 5 for me, Kevin. A nice series all around but those two I could see on me wall.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Like two and would bump the contrast on the first Great work !!

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Thanks, John , Shane, Paul and Alfred for viewing and commenting. glad you liked them. Will play with the contrast on #1, Alfred- thaks for the suggestion.

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    Yes, neighbourhoods can be nice place to look for scenes though we tend to ignore them for some reason.

    I like 4 and 5 best though they are all good.

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Thanks, Bobo

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Hi Kevin. Very nice series. #5 for me, although all are really nice. Well done!

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    Re: Winter's Trees

    Thanks so much, Otavio. Glad you liked them.

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