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Through the Trees

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 18 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

TO UPGRADE OR NOT UPGRADE - here is what Thom Hogan, the Nikon guru, had to say. "The answer is quite simple: you shouldn't upgrade unless you've exhausted an important ability of your current camera and know that the new one will clearly surpass it in that ability. As we get deeper and deeper into the digital era, each generation of new cameras tends to produce smaller and smaller improvements, or improvements that are difficult to distinguish in "normal" prints and use." That sounds like good advice to me. It is so easy to get seduced by the marketing (and almost all photography magazines today are 90% (including the articles) marketing).

NIKON D700 1 second F/32.0 ISO 200 90 mm (35mm equiv.)

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe le traitement des couleurs !

18 Oct 2010 5:09am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Will hang on to my kit for a while longer and add bits to it, your kit produces good work so hang on to it

18 Oct 2010 5:21am

PATRICK from miramas, France

another great capture

18 Oct 2010 5:38am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful piece of art....proving you don't have to use green to 'say' water and trees !! ;-)
And an interesting bit of discussion about new equipment...The Nikon guy's words make a lot of sense !!

18 Oct 2010 5:59am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb processing of color and effect of the waterfall in the background is awesome. Good day.

18 Oct 2010 6:39am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

beautiful treatment and beautiful suggestion

18 Oct 2010 6:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I like how you have made a fine art study from something most folk would not even notice. And, if you had been out buying a new camera, you would have missed it !

18 Oct 2010 7:37am

oncho from granada, Spain

Fantastic composition

18 Oct 2010 7:42am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Timeless photo.. love it. I completely agree with what you mentioned about upgrade..

18 Oct 2010 8:11am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The woman's hair with water, long silky contrast drawn up on the weight of the water fall down! Delicate transparencies reveal it all through your canopy. Magnificent and romantic scene! Best regards y muchos besos amigo Jack! Adela

18 Oct 2010 8:19am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

So true... Thom Hogan couldn't have said it better.
A beautiful image, Jack. I love the sepia tones and background.

18 Oct 2010 8:21am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Firstly, love the shot-really good to have the waterfall showing motion and the rock solid tree in the foreground. Now, onto the commentry...Yes, of course he's dead right, and dead wrong..Since when has buying photographic equipment been a logical decision? No, it fits into the category of shiny toys...So, even if your head knows it doesn't need the latest Okey-Kokey 2000 with analubic transometer lens still get your credit card out.... !! (Oh by the way, I am the sole importer of Okey-Kokey 2000's-if you want one, I can bundle in the latest 5-5000 mm Analubic lens for only $12000!!!!!!!! youi know you want one!)

18 Oct 2010 9:58am

@CElliottUK: oh yeah

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

True words of wisdom Jack! The seduction of the marketing machine is what keeps the world going round....
Beautifull pp treatment on this shot! One for the ages! ;-)

18 Oct 2010 11:42am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

magnifique ! quelle douceur ! Bises

18 Oct 2010 12:38pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Interesting POV

18 Oct 2010 2:48pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like the sharp detail of the branch against the waterfall. I like that advice. it's so easy to think that an upgrade is the way to stay current... but current to what? :-)

18 Oct 2010 3:03pm

@Don: I think that those lit up branches are my favorite part.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful shot love the tones, and good advise on whether to upgrade, luckily i dont have the funds to even consider upgrading for the moment, so very happily making do with what I have

18 Oct 2010 3:16pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Spectacular framing, the sephia is very effective for the texture of the scene. The bare branches are excellent in the image.
Very true on the upgrade. Fortunately I am not one to be easily swayed into buying just because. I make certain I am well informed before a purchase this gets me past the sales pitch to sell and into the actual function and necessity of what I am purchasing.
I also realize in this digital tech world that after all the research on selecting that specific one, then purchase it, that tomorrow they will come out with the same camera (in this example) with one more feature added to it. Sometimes with a slightly lower price too.
One thing I was not pleased with on my recent camera purchase, besides the fact that cost to repair my other DSLR made it more to my advantage to buy a new camera with warranty and a nice new upgrade.
But the same identical battery in my other model A100 was modified, on purpose, with a groove down the center to fit in the new A550. But the same battery charger works for both.
Now that is marketing for more revenue for sure.
Great point you raise.

18 Oct 2010 3:21pm

@Barbara: All of the proprietary stuff is sad to the point of being criminal, but when the same manufacturers do this to you, it's even worse. I will say that both the Nikon D300 and the D700 use the same battery and the same battery pack. The battery also is used for the D80 and the D300s.

STEED from Somewhere, France

An other World......Excellent one,Jack...

18 Oct 2010 3:52pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great shot of movement and stillness together at once...What a great place to be! (My point-and-shoot is very versatile, but I long for greater image quality. I fear I must upgrade to a DSLR sooner or later!)

18 Oct 2010 4:18pm

@MissT: The good news is that even the entry level DSLRs are outstanding.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

A soft world!

18 Oct 2010 4:26pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Jack - Catching up on your images since 10/14 and I really love the Salt Creek and Looking West images..they are magnificent! The rest are just your standard "superb" ;-) seriously they are all magnificent. I like your text above...I am feeling better becasue the advice the guru gave fits my situation..but I probably will not do the "move up" until later in's ok, I can wait. My little E-510 does a pretty decent job in most's the guy behind trhe camera who needs more "improvements." Thasnk for an excellent post, Jack, both visually and 'educationally"! ps - heading to a family thing (Barbara's ) in Seattle (Redmiond) later this week for about 4 days is all...

18 Oct 2010 4:36pm

tataray from france, France

Plein de douceur et beauté . )))

18 Oct 2010 5:02pm

@tataray: just like us, right??

London Caller from United Kingdom

Excellent! Amazing background!
Love the contrast between stillness (from the tree) and movement (waterfall).

I think Hogan is so right!
I'm still exploring my little camera...

18 Oct 2010 6:01pm

@London Caller: You mention on your page, "enough is as good as a feast"; in Zen, there is a major concept for enough and no more. The economy here is forcing people to take a good look at that. The good news is that "enough and no more" increases the quality of ones life.

joshi daniel from India

that is very creative!

18 Oct 2010 7:13pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Goodnight Jack, I'm happy to see you again with this sweet picture. The water slides slowly frozen in its course along the rocks like a very long hair that would reach the earth. Twigs the modestly veiled and all is sweetness in these shades of gray. Have a nice day.

18 Oct 2010 7:23pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

What a stunning shot. Truly masterful! The tones are so excellent and that water capture with the fine detail in the tree foreground (which is an excellent composition also) is just gorgeous.

18 Oct 2010 7:51pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great shot, Jack

18 Oct 2010 8:59pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very daring wonderful shot, very well done !!!

18 Oct 2010 9:47pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

I like this, Jack! Very different, lovely tones, and an abstract feel!

18 Oct 2010 9:50pm

@Barbara Kile: I've really missed your gorgeous photographs.

Ked from Sidney, Canada

Very beautiful black and white shot.Nicely processed.

18 Oct 2010 9:53pm

k@ from Paris, France

I love the 2 depths of this image, and the curtain of water behind is as beautiful as the vegetal foreground, the hue now is no romantic, reminds me of Margaret Cameron's photographs.
Good advice & so wise you give here, Jack, always newer-better but after the last barrel of the ladder, apart from falling, uh ? Let's improve horizontally more than vertically, in depth - like your image ;)
Sorry not to be very present & thks a lot for your visits*

18 Oct 2010 11:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. I'm hanging onto my camera till it wont go click any more.

19 Oct 2010 12:31am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Once again, superb processing.

19 Oct 2010 12:37am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fabulous shot!
wonderful processsing...

19 Oct 2010 1:53am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Fantastic compliment to yesterday's post!! And stands on it's own, too. Excellent!

19 Oct 2010 2:09am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

The processing is ethereal.

19 Oct 2010 2:17am

Mithun from palakkad, kerela/Bangalore, India

spectacular snap, good toning and exposure. Well done John

19 Oct 2010 2:29am

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Dreamy and romantic! I can hear the waterfall. Wonderful capture!

19 Oct 2010 3:07am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great processing in B&W with good texture and tones. Your narrative reminds me of the debate I am going through regarding whether to invest in Photoshop or not.

19 Oct 2010 3:08am

Bishop from Houston, United States

love the smokey water fall behind the tree... and you're right about the camera - buy only when you feel that the quality of your work will see a marked improvement over the current model. :)

19 Oct 2010 3:19am

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is one of those that you could stare at and see many different ways - It's just so beautiful - the detail the tones - It has a very unique mood - I just love it.

19 Oct 2010 4:07am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow !!! Great picture, it's masterpiece ! Five stars*****
EOS 40D satisfies me so far. I don't want 60D now.

19 Oct 2010 12:34pm

Diane from Hythe, Alberta, Canada

that Thom fellow thinks IDENTICAL to the way I do.
I really like your choice of processing for this image -- lovely result

21 Oct 2010 4:53pm