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Stark tree in rape seed field

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Bolampau, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Hi Folks,
    just took this shot on the way home from doing the school run this afternoon. I got soaked as it was pissistently raining, the lens elements even got a wash!

    Anyway, this is shot with the Voigtlander 15mm and NEX 7. I used cornerfix on the colour file but thought that the image worked far better in B&W.
    ISO 100, F8 @ 1/160th

    20120426_Voigtlander 15mm CF_0001.

    Hope you like it, comments and criticisms welcome!

    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Hey Paul, that tree has a great shape to it that makes a compelling image, but… you knew there was a but, right? :)

    I think the tree is a little bit too centered in the shot and the foreground adds nothing to the pic and actually leads your eye off-frame to the left. Cropped to exclude the foreground this is a much better shot IMO.

    The processing is killer on this, really moody. Even though I haven't seen it I don't think the color version would work as well.
     
  3. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Love the starkness in B&W, but I was thinking much the same. With the rule of 3rds grid line enabled on the NEX and I would have put the point where the two limbs combine at the lower left nodal point and the line up the horizon.

    StarkTreeCrop.

    Had to crop off too much to put it there. But at the scene, could have got a lot more in
     
  4. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    The mood on that subject is beautiful... and the rape seed field adds so much to the 'feel' in that lone tree, the dark sky too. Contrast and highlight/shadow levels are nicely done...
     
  5. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

    276
    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Hi Folks,
    thanks for the good advice. The shot was taken quickly in the rain so I was more worried about the gear getting wet rather than composition. Coincidentally, I photographed the same tree six years ago and the rule of 3rds was applied (and the weather was much nicer!), here ya go......

    _MG_0853.

    I'm grateful for your support.
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  6. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

    276
    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    AND further to popular request here's the B&W shot with rule of 3rds applied.....

    20120426_Voigtlander 15mm CF_0001.

    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  7. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Wow - The weather has not been kind to that tree over the past six years.
     
  8. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    I find both the colour and b/w versions beautifully captured.
     
  9. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    I love both,very good composition and colors are radiant, but I'm more with the B & W
    :)
     
  10. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Hahaha… I was just thinking that it hadn't changed that much in that time. :)

    Paul, that crop is exactly what I was talking about. Makes a much stronger pic IMO. I like how the CV 15 rendered the scene, it's on my list of lenses that I think I just can't live without.
     
  11. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

    276
    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Hi Bimjo,
    I'm really happy with the CV 15. All I do is set it to F8 and set it to the hyperfocal distance which means everything from 0.5m to infinity is in focus! Dead easy and even quicker than using focus peaking!
    Cheers,
    Paul