Victor Wasilov  

Ghost Tree by Victor Wasilov

May 2020 - Ghost Tree

May 2020 - Victor Wasilov


About the Image(s)

I took this image at the Booth museum in GA. I liked the pattern made by the angles and the contrast with the tree shadow falling on the white wall. It looked like a ghost tree. I did some minor adjustments to whites, highlights, texture, shadows, blacks and clarity.

Sony a6000, 26mm, Aperture Priority, F/11, 1/1000

8 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
A print of this photo would pull me across the room to look closely. I think the sky should be lighter than we see in this rendering, a suggestion is attached.   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:05:26
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Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I like this a lot. I agree with Allen that a print of this would be an eyecatcher. I don't agree with lightening the sky, however. In my version, I selected the wall and a applied a contrast curve, brightening the whites and darkening the blacks. I know this is heresy in some circles, but I cropped down from the top to put the upper part of the diagonal in the corner. I think it makes for a stronger graphical composition.   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:18:06
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The strong lines of the subject are what grab our attention. Having one start in the corner connects it to two frame lines, which strengthens the geometry for my eyes.   Posted: 05/17/2020 18:29:46

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
On my monitor everything appears black except the wall which has the tree shadows. In my revision I left the sky black but brightened the other areas. No other suggestions.   Posted: 05/13/2020 09:42:46
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Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
In general I agree with all of your suggestions, but not to the degree shown in your examples. The difference probably lies in our different monitors. My monitor is calibrator to a Gamma of 2.2, White point of 6500K, with a brightness of 120. The image I originally submitted had the elements that have been suggested but slightly darker. I guess this is a downside to digital, in that viewing the same image , everyone sees it slightly different. Having said that, I will be working on making the update based on your feedback. Thanks   Posted: 05/18/2020 11:22:41
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thanks for reminding us of this easy-to-forget limitation to our critiques. Another advantage of prints, every viewer sees the same image.   Posted: 05/18/2020 12:14:11

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 95)
I love this type of image - architecture at an angle. Simple shapes in light and shadow. I think Jim H's rendition is more appealing as it brings out the texture of the wall in deep shadow, though I think he should have confined his adjustment to that dark wall. This type of image requires a lot of subtlety and works best if gradients are applied to broad surfaces like the bright one. This is because no surface like that is actually in one tone - the closer to the viewer, the darker they become, but in a very subtle way. If I get time, I'll demonstrate.   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:58:14

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Well seen and handled Victor! I love everything about this shot and your edit just sits perfectly for me. I have no suggestions at all.   Posted: 05/23/2020 21:14:08


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