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dchew
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« on: January 01, 2010, 07:51:55 AM »
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I was in TN over Christmas and took a day up to Big South Fork.  On my hike in to Angel Falls (not really a falls, it's rapids), this tree root was partially submerged and completely wet.  When hiking back a few hours later, the water had receded a few more inches and the base started to dry out. There's late day sun coming in from the left.  I was surprised at how this came out without any real post processing - only color balance and some Clarity in LR.

I'm curious if others find this interesting.

Dave

[attachment=19073:TreeRootBSF.jpg]
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 08:20:37 AM »
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I was in TN over Christmas and took a day up to Big South Fork.  On my hike in to Angel Falls (not really a falls, it's rapids), this tree root was partially submerged and completely wet.  When hiking back a few hours later, the water had receded a few more inches and the base started to dry out. There's late day sun coming in from the left.  I was surprised at how this came out without any real post processing - only color balance and some Clarity in LR.

I'm curious if others find this interesting.

Dave

[attachment=19073:TreeRootBSF.jpg]
Nice!  It has a very abstract, painterly quality, and might be worthy of going back and doing a study at various angles and distances, particularly more close up.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 09:11:29 AM »
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Nice! I agree with Walter, and I was thinking "painterly" even before I read his post.

Well worth return visits.

Eric

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 09:46:49 AM »
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Nice! I agree with Walter, and I was thinking "painterly" even before I read his post.

Well worth return visits.

Eric

You've done a great job of capturing the subject and doing so as abstraction. I like it. I wish I had the sense of seeing forms many here do
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 12:20:27 PM »
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I certainly do: the scale isn't immediately obvious, which is pleasingly disconcerting. Have you tried it in b&w?

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 12:43:55 PM »
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Thanks for the comments. I immediately saw  a painterly effect too, but didn't mention that because I was curious if that was just my perception. Sometimes it's hard to tell because I have the entire context in my head.

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I certainly do: the scale isn't immediately obvious, which is pleasingly disconcerting. Have you tried it in b&w?

Jeremy

Here's the whole stump I shot on my way in for some context.  

[attachment=19082:wholeTreeBSF.jpg]

The root is in the bottom center of this photo.  The water level decreased a few inches while I was hiking and it started to dry out by the time I walked out.  I actually wasn't going back to the tree for a photo; I went back to see how much the water had receded, and that's when the root caught my eye.

I did try it in b&w. Here it is.  I felt it lost something, but I didn't spend much time on the conversion, so it might have potential.

[attachment=19083:TreeRootBSF_bw.jpg]
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 01:44:17 PM »
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I'm a big fan of B&W, but in this case I agree with you; it loses something in comparison with the color version.

Eric

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 04:20:20 PM »
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I'd keep the colour.  At a quick glance it reminded me of an aerial view of a mountain scene with two lakes...

Mike.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010, 04:05:10 AM »
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I'd keep the colour.  At a quick glance it reminded me of an aerial view of a mountain scene with two lakes...

Mike.
Mike, that's exactly what I meant about the scale: it's not until you look more closely (and in particular see the leaf, which is rather a giveaway) that it becomes clear. I like that.

And I agree: the B&W doesn't work as well.

Jeremy
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