Sharron Leppien, QPSA  

Grandidier Baobab by Sharron Leppien, QPSA

November 2019 - Grandidier Baobab

November 2019 - Sharron Leppien, QPSA


About the Image(s)

Clear open skies on the West Coast of Madagascar gave a pretty hue to the background.

I increased the exposure, cropped and flipped the image horizontally in LR then opened in PS to clone out the residue low bush. I then used content aware to fill in a couple of replacement baobabs in the distance to balance the background. I also dodged the the trunk to expose some highlights and then went back to LR to transform to monochrome. I used the LR preset, Modern 08 and then just played around within this preset till I was happy with the result.

Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm @ 24mm. 6.0sec. f18, iso 64

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7 comments posted

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
A wonderful image. The added baobabs add much to the image. I have no suggestions.   Posted: 11/18/2019 14:47:24

Lisa Hlavinka
I really like the monochrome version of this photo. Nice variety of tones and textures.   Posted: 11/19/2019 21:06:19
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Thanks Lisa :)   Posted: 11/22/2019 18:20:31

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Your aggressive dodging of the trunk makes this photo. Good visualization of the potential in this scene.   Posted: 11/19/2019 22:24:02
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Thanks Allen, these trees do have an almost luminescent - shiny - glowing type of thing that happens in the low light. They have a very very smooth outer bark so I guess i wanted to show the natural beauty by unnaturally lighting it . ;)   Posted: 11/22/2019 18:20:11

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 6 & 53)
This really pops, Sharron! Allen's word, aggressive, is quite appropriate here. I think perhaps you might have gone a little too far, with the result that the trunk turned but crispy. Still, I'm pleased with the results.

I do have an issue with the composition, having the tree in the center is slightly weak. I realize that it's hard with this to move it off-center. So, I tried adding a bit more to the width, employing some Content-Aware Fill and Cloning to add some space to the right of the tree. What do you think?   Posted: 11/21/2019 15:43:23
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Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
I think that you are 100% spot on with the moving of the tree!! I never actually thought of doing this but it works brilliantly! Thanks so much for taking the time to edit this and I will certainly be adapting your take on this image :)   Posted: 11/22/2019 18:18:00