Stills V3

May 15, 2010


Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 16:46

A walk up to a naff waterfall took us back through a beautiful wood.




  1. Meaning that it’s not the destination but the journey that is important?

    A brave attempt at the cluttered woodland scene. The light comes across well, as does the left hand tree anchor – or at least the tree is working at this scale. Does that tree work well larger I wonder?

    I also wonder whether the ground hotspots would look too featureless/white if printed on paper.

    The lighting effect in the right hand third is especially pleasing.

    Comment by colinjago — May 18, 2010 @ 07:08

  2. I am happy with the composition and the way the light works in this commercial conifer plantation. There is a nice balance between the bulk on the left and the haze over on the right.

    Comment by zavaell — May 20, 2010 @ 06:36

  3. Was this wooded area green? It seems dry and tired in this picture, that is not to say it is not beautiful but not a rich, refreshing sort of beautiful.

    Comment by rhoehne — May 20, 2010 @ 12:28

  4. The path through the woods, towards the light. What a strong theme. I am concerned, with Colin, though about the apparently burnt out areas on the ground and how they would hold up on paper.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 20, 2010 @ 20:33

  5. I will join the crowd eagerly awaiting Rex’s assurance that those areas on the ground work in a print. I really want this to print as beautifully as it works for me here.

    Comment by anitajesse — May 21, 2010 @ 00:57

  6. I am just about to have a play in PS with this image.
    The original is actually quite underexposed and there is plenty of detail in the forest floor.

    As the image was underexposed the detail on the tree trunks could not be seen in the way I wished. I therefore did a lot of work in levels and curves (& masks) to get the image I wanted. The image was almost monochrome with just a splash of green so I decided to convert to B&W. In order to get the detail and contrast the B&W conversion is a bit extreme. That is where the details got lost in the forest floor.

    So thanks for pointing that out, I’ll bring the detail back and subdue the highlights a bit. It will go into a PDI comp Wednesday!

    Comment by Rex — May 22, 2010 @ 11:31

  7. Finished and much better, I think, so thanks.
    I tidied up the mask and then used a mask on the original B&W layer to put the colour back in to the highlight areas. I then added a bog standard B&W layer to put those bits back to B&W.

    Entry Number 1.

    Nora is hanging around so I’m guessing I’ve got to help with her prep for the comp too! :-)

    Comment by Rex — May 22, 2010 @ 11:57

  8. I think I like the original better. The light levels seem off in the B&W version, too bright around the right hand tree.

    Comment by alofsm — May 22, 2010 @ 12:43

  9. I’m in favour of the orignal too. The reworked version adds too much light in to the frame and gives me too many opportunities to escape. The original has a pleasing balance of darkness and ‘hotspots’ to keep me more than entertained.

    Comment by akikana — May 23, 2010 @ 11:50

  10. Truly a beautiful wood. I also like the original, yet I can see how you would not want to miss the details in those amazing tree trunks — quite a balancing act to bring those out and yet not lose the overall lighting effect. Best of luck in your competition.

    Comment by Christina — May 24, 2010 @ 04:54

  11. I’m torn. Agree with all the comments about the forest floor. Both are very atmospheric and I like the way you’ve lifted the “haze” in B&W.
    In any case far better than I’ve ever managed with similar subject matter.

    Comment by doonster — May 25, 2010 @ 13:40

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