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Interesting Trees

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 17 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In winter especially, you have to have a little fun :))) (I should have mentioned yesterday that I received a great deal of help on what led to the final version from my photographic buddies, Bill Laing and Phil Coleman. The credit for the curves adjustment goes solely to Phil.)

A WORD ABOUT PROCESSING (especially of landscapes) - often people want to know if a scene looked exactly like the photograph, i.e., did it have that color cast?, are those colors accurate?, did you manipulate the image?, etc., etc. I have little desire to do what I call "product landscapes." In product photography, everything must be accurate. I am much more interested in communicating what I felt at the time. Also, even with landscapes, my desire is to create "fine art" photographs, photographs that are beautiful. More often than not, I can't tell you what I did to a photograph; when I have finished in Photoshop, I flatten everything, and I don't remember what I did. In Lightroom, all of the steps are recorded in the history panel. I might also mention that I use a variety of plug-ins. Sometimes when I use a plug-in, I know the "look" that I want. At other times, it's an adventure. In no sense am I a photojournalist; so-called "reality" is not my goal. I post very few candid or family photographs. When I take a trip, my photographs do no attempt to record the trip. In everything, creative expression is my desire. And I realize that in saying all of this, I often fail in my personal goals, but the failure always has to do with not being creative and artistic.

NIKON D700 F/10.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

xavshot from Lucenay, France

Très bon traitement. J'aime beaucoup le résultat.

17 Jan 2011 6:45am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

interesting processing

17 Jan 2011 7:24am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha-I agree with your comment. The lower the light level-the greater level of "Fiddlin''"(As I call it)

17 Jan 2011 7:32am

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Joli traitement !

17 Jan 2011 7:37am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Nice...processing...looks good

17 Jan 2011 7:42am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Nice processing for this photo that became a design. Superb work. Good day.

17 Jan 2011 8:04am

marci from in, Morocco

I came across a wonderful quote yesterday ....
we look at a painting to know the painter; it's his company we are after, not his skill. -- james mcneill whistler
how true I find this in photography!

17 Jan 2011 9:09am

@marci: fine quote; thank you

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The result of having good friends by your side always is exceptional! In this case you have got a wonderful life full transparency. Wonderful tapestry! Excelente amigo Jack! Un abrazo y muchos besos, Adela

17 Jan 2011 9:09am

tataray from france, France

Superbe traitement ))

17 Jan 2011 9:42am

Franz from Baden, Austria

i've never seen trees like these around here, i must say ... ;-)) i love your creative talents and the way you "see" the world! please go on surprising us!

17 Jan 2011 9:43am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-Roi, France

great processing ! so beautiful and sweet..

17 Jan 2011 9:44am

PEGGY*aiMe*PHOTO from somewhere in, France

ce processing est intéressant, comme un tampon sur une feuille blanche ! Bises

17 Jan 2011 9:56am

Mhelene from Paris, France

It's special ...a drawing but beautiful !

17 Jan 2011 12:45pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just superb

17 Jan 2011 12:47pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A creative result here and I agree completely with your comments. To quote the late Jean Baudrillard (also known for his photography) - “It is not the role of a photograph to illustrate an object or an event, but to be itself an event.”

17 Jan 2011 1:24pm

@Stephen: thank you for the quote

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is really neat! I love how the texture really comes through!

17 Jan 2011 2:46pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

ok. I don`t aks you if this scene look like the original photo ;-)
I also like it to experiment with processing, so I like your result!
fortune favours the brave! ;-)

17 Jan 2011 3:47pm

@klauSZ: people don't expect images such as this one to look "realistic." it's those such as the one yesterday where i get lots of questions (and even expectations)

don from spokane, United States

A very attractive and unusual looking image. The processing effects have produced a remarkable picture.

17 Jan 2011 3:51pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Exciting result...! A bit like ice flowers on a window;-)

17 Jan 2011 4:04pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot! Excellent processing...

17 Jan 2011 5:10pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

beautiful graphic image!

17 Jan 2011 5:35pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I agree. Winter is a time for fun processing like this. Cool.

17 Jan 2011 6:42pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

It looks like a negative tree Jack!!! Wonderful;-)

17 Jan 2011 7:22pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Excellent words, Jack....and words I can learn from, too. I think the communication of how something makes me feel is where I like to be. I do not, as of yet, employ much additional software other than my editing stuff...(ps - the Topaz is up and running, yea!!) but I hope to be doing so soon, as hinted in my parenthetical comment. I really like the almost "bamboo" forest look here! That is really great...Viewing your images is always a joy, a tribute, a sad thing, a happy thing, an exciting thing...I love your work!!

17 Jan 2011 7:24pm

@Denny Jump Photo: you are extremely kind

Becky from los angeles, United States

this is excellent - I love the pp - : )

17 Jan 2011 8:41pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

very good result

17 Jan 2011 9:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Those trees jump right out of my screen! Cool!

17 Jan 2011 9:54pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Really interesting trees and shot.

17 Jan 2011 9:55pm

harry from apex, United States

Very nice effect. Reminds me somewhat of the old darkroom technique called solarization. This is a good illustration about your comments of capturing the feel and not the documentary look.

17 Jan 2011 10:01pm

@harry: the beginning point was a "solarization" preset in Silver Efex

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I love the graphic effect - excellent work. The photo processing is a continual learning curve for me.....

17 Jan 2011 10:06pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful. Almost as if moulded in silver.
I love your words (as always). To me landscapes and "mood" goes hand-in-hand. I always admire your landscapes, and processing of course. Personally I believe that when people have to ask: "did it have that color cast?, are those colors accurate?, did you manipulate the image?, etc", that's when you know you did a good job.

17 Jan 2011 10:10pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Fantastic image! I love the composition, lighting and especially the processing!!

17 Jan 2011 10:52pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic treatment. It works beautifully with the subject.

17 Jan 2011 11:53pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Eye-catching processing of this image. My thought about processing is that the less I do the better. But there are some times when I like to create "triplets" of me in a certain composition, i.e., a work setting, but I shy away from posting any self-portraits.

18 Jan 2011 2:31am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

This is just cool Jack

18 Jan 2011 2:37am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

In my eyes, ears, and heart you are an artist.

18 Jan 2011 2:39am

@amy: bless you. will be glad when you are back mainstreaming am3

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This processing is great ! I like your way.

18 Jan 2011 9:21am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful photo and great post processing! It reminds me of a etching!

18 Jan 2011 9:33am

keith from killarney, Ireland

very interesting to study almost hipnotic

18 Jan 2011 12:09pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

I love tree and branch designs - well done!

20 Jan 2011 4:50pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful narrative of what you are doing, Jack. I love that you are so articulate in words, as well as in your art of photographs. I love your "feeling" art.

21 Jan 2011 11:28pm