01/27/12 - Moody Tree
My Blog: http://maryanng.blogspot.com/2012/01/moody-tree.html
It was foggy here yesterday morning, and I stopped to take a picture of a bare tree that always catches my eye on the trip to/from the kids' school. I got out the tripod because the light was low and I knew I wanted to take some bracketed images. I thought I might try to process the shot to look like my foggy tree daily from November 2010:
but I never saw the same potential in yesterday's tree and shots, so I started experimenting with other processing styles.
Here's the original correctly exposed shot:
I knew when I took the shot that I was going to want to get rid of the partial tree in the upper left. Bothers me. Might not bother you.
Here's the HDR version straightened up a bit and with the left branch removed:
It's OK, but it doesn't make me feel any emotion. It looks about like any other outdoor scene I would shoot around here in the winter and pump through Photomatix. So, I kept going.
This is the tree with a Plaster filter on it:
I happen to really like that version, but I wasn't sure how the daily community would receive it. I really struggled on what text, what font, and what location and shape for the text. I was about to get really frustrated.
I decided to see if I liked what any of the filters in Color Efex Pro would do. Here's what I call the 'blue' version:
I love blue (and red), and the colors here really work for me. There were about 5 filters on this in Color Efex Pro and I didn't keep track of which ones.
I wanted to try a texture, and I kept going. Here's the blue version with a texture:
This shot didn't have a lot of negative space, but I think I like the texture with it anyway.
But then I thought I'd see what B&W looked like, and then I felt like that was the one. It's rare for me to do a B&W conversion and feel like there's any depth to the tones of my shot. I guess all those fancy filters and colors before the B&W conversion helped.
You can tell me which one you like best or how you think you would have set about pp'ing the photo. I'd be interested to hear.
Thanks for all your comments on my I LOVE YOU card. You know how I love to experiment and make cards...