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Old February 3rd, 2012, 11:15 AM
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struck by awe !

Posting after a long time.... Shot these in September last year on a visit to a village in northern India. The dead and broken tree so fascinated me with its form and with the fact that it stood all alone ,surrounded by lush green life all around, that i spent two hours shooting the scene , trying different settings, different vantage points, instead of the few minutes i had initially intended.
Out of a variety of shots, i picked up these two, edited them to the best of my capability and entered them in different competitions. Of course i came nowhere near winning....
I experimented with the WB settings as well and got different responses to the varied color casts. Though i personally like the warmer tones in the first one , quite a few people I showed , preferred the second one.

critique away, people. (not only on the color casts)

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Old February 3rd, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: struck by awe !

I like both shots in terms of Color and composition, but the sky is so overexposed that it really takes away from the subject. Its so white and blown its blinding. I think this would have greatly benefited using an HDR approach of several shots at different exposure compensation levels and then stacking them in post allowing the best qualities of each come through.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 10:11 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

Nice composition but difficult lighting conditions. Sky is overexposed to my taste as well.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

thanks Clark and Basit, for looking and critiquing. i cant deny that the sky in both the shots IS overexposed and i could have either reduced the effect or changed the sky altogether during pp, but the concept i had in mind was that 'when one is broken, one sees the light'. so the light falling on the tree had to be on the brighter side...maybe i got carried away.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 08:39 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

Hmmm. Not a bad idea, a wise thought when I think about it. Imagewise, I would have rays falling on it rather than the bright sky. I know with the setting and consitions you had it was just not possible. Cheers!
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Old February 11th, 2012, 01:59 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

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thanks Clark and Basit, for looking and critiquing. i cant deny that the sky in both the shots IS overexposed and i could have either reduced the effect or changed the sky altogether during pp, but the concept i had in mind was that 'when one is broken, one sees the light'. so the light falling on the tree had to be on the brighter side...maybe i got carried away.
Good idea. But you can experiment with the sky a bit. I prefer the second shot.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

thank you for the insight, Soumen......
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 10:52 PM
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Re: struck by awe !

I can see why you chased this so much, Mayank. I like the shot where the tree fills the frame more. It's a stronger composition. The light isn't as good from that angle, though. It's going to seem cliche, but a blown sky is a lot more forgiveable in black and white. You've got a nice shape here, too, so black and white might really work to emphasize that. Of course, there's also always HDR.

Regardless, I give you a lot of credit for really working this scene. All too often we just take the quick nice shot or two, and miss the great shot two or three steps away. Good for you!
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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Re: struck by awe !

thanks Tim for driving the point home......at times one becomes so obsessed with the subject in one's photo that one chooses to ignore the flaws that are actually spoiling the picture. i did exactly that. the light IS blinding and distracts one away from the tree...
so i followed your suggestion ( about converting to B&W) , wrecked my brain for a couple of hours at photoshop and came up with these results. i found them to be more visually appealing than the colored one. . out of the three, i like # 2 the best.
so guys, are these b&w conversions any better than the colored version? please let me know.
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Re: struck by awe !

I like the color of the first one better with that drop the yellow ever so slightly. Also it's a good candidate for a sky replacement or photoshop some clouds in. Black and white rarely works with that much foliage as you wind up with just to many midtones.
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