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« on: December 01, 2012, 08:22:41 PM »
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Spent about 2 weeks coming back to this tree almost every other day, and captured it in various kinds of weather and light., some more dramatic than this but, of all, this seemed to speak to me the most. Sadly, the last day I visited, the tree was gone, either by natural forces or, more likely, by a swimmer or boater goofing around.

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2012, 08:25:11 PM »
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Simply glorious - you have received a great blessing in being lead to this scene.

I'll leave it to others to suggest crops and so forth.  For me it is a cracker.

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 08:39:55 PM »
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Walter, thanks for your comments.

Funny enough, I had been to this lake (Alouette, in southwest BC) a million times (I mean almost every weekend for years) taking photos, but had never rounded a particular bend in the shoreline. For some reason, this day I was pulled to this location for no apparent reason. It was only when I rounded the corner that I saw this tree.

As to cropping etc., I only had a single lens (100mm Zeiss) in my arsenal so all photos were taken with this focal length and, due to shoreline and trees, I couldn't do too much moving about.

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2012, 09:08:14 PM »
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Maybe you could experiment with different crops.
Nonetheless this is a glorious study of those pastel hues with the tree as the centrepiece.
This is worth spending lots of time on.

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2012, 10:21:57 PM »
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I'm willing to say Don't crop! It's very fine just as it is.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012, 10:45:50 PM »
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Oh... lovely!
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2012, 01:02:40 AM »
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I'm willing to say Don't crop! It's very fine just as it is.


Yup.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2012, 03:39:03 AM »
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I'm willing to say Don't crop! It's very fine just as it is.


I agree. Really good.

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 03:43:50 AM »
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Superb
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2012, 04:58:10 AM »
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+1. Don't even think of cropping.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2012, 05:47:51 AM »
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+1. Don't even think of cropping.

Adding is what I would do....if it was possible. A very nice image with beautiful tones, but alas it looks unbalanced imo. The left hand side needs adding to, to balance out the right hand side. I don't mean symmetrical. If you had taken two images as part of a panorama and stitched. That is assuming there is something in the scene that can be included? Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2012, 06:25:07 AM »
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My natural tendency if it were mine would be to loose a bit off the bottom - but in all honesty I don't care.  The picture is so great I wouldn't really mind what shape it was - it is all about the wonderful atmosphere and feeling invoked.  Brilliant.

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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2012, 10:50:05 AM »
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With the dark trees on the left gone the whole picture would become out of balance graphically. Why is it that every time recent LuLa joiners see a good picture they want to start snipping here and whacking there? Sometimes even the old-timers, who ought to know better, do it. It's some kind of disease.

Let me quote HCB again: "If you start cutting or cropping a good photograph, it means death to the geometrically correct interplay of proportions. Besides, it very rarely happens that a photograph which was feebly composed can be saved by reconstruction of its composition under the darkroom’s enlarger; the integrity of vision is no longer there."

This picture most emphatically is not "feebly composed," and there's no crop that can improve it. HCB wasn't always right, but he's very right with respect to this picture.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2012, 11:13:22 AM »
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+10 for the image as it has been posted. I just like it like it is. As to whomever made the tree disappear, 100 lashes with a 36 exposure reel of wet Tri-X.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2012, 11:27:49 AM »
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Perfect capture of an ideal landscape…

Bravo…
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2012, 11:39:24 AM »
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...you're an idiot...

Booooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2012, 11:50:30 AM »
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It's your image, do what you like. Personally, I find the dark trees on the left a little distracting and they diminish the graphic impact of the lone tree.

I would try cropping them out, but keeping the same overall aspect ratio by also trimming a little off the bottom and right.
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2012, 12:31:18 PM »
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Oh Oh! It's Dalethorn back under a pseudonym.
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2012, 01:00:52 PM »
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The image is exceptional. Having said that, regardless of how, or even if, the LHS is addressed, the overall image would be better without the high contrast/weight that's there now.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2012, 01:19:05 PM »
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Mr. Frost... Inappropriate behavior.

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