Allen Tucker  

Canyon Rim Juniper by Allen Tucker

June 2020 - Canyon Rim Juniper

June 2020 - Allen Tucker

Original 1

June 2020 - Allen Tucker

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This shot is from the May 2016 PSA photo excursion to Moab, Utah. I took many shots of the incredibly tough juniper trees that somehow grow from tiny cracks in the rock. This specimen, clinging to a canyon rim, looks like it had been hit by lightning, exploded, but refused to die. Early morning cloud cover eliminated shadows, I chose monochrome to emphasize the textures in the shattered wood.

Shot with Canon 6D, 24-105mm lens at 70mm, 1/400 at f/11, iso 640. Processed in Lightroom: Original 1 has basic tonal adjustments. Original 2 has saturation pushed up to enhance color separation in BW conversion. Final image produced with Adobe profile BW08 and contrast boost with tone curve. Suggestions?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Lovely shot, Allen. I love the juxtaposition between the twisted wood and the canyon rocks. I did two things in my version: I cropped in on the left side. I didn't think that bush added much to the composition. I think my crop has a bit better overall balance. I also did a bit of dodging in the foliage to bring back some of the highlights to give a bit more dimensionality.   Posted: 06/07/2020 12:01:19
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Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
I like both your suggestions and appreciate your taking the time to show us the result of dodging the foliage.   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:22:57

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Excellent image, Allen. I love the subject matter and location and believe that you captured it well. I think Henry's adjustments improved it slightly, but only because you had done the heavy lifting. I like you reminding us in processing to saturate the colors before converting to B&W - - I sometimes forget to do that.

  Posted: 06/07/2020 13:14:01
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The variety of accessible scenery around Moab is a joy to behold.   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:39:11

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
This is a fine image of the juniper. I'm sure old Ansel would approve. Making this a B/W really enhances the textures in the gnarled wood. Your exposure on this made all the difference. This is well done.   Posted: 06/07/2020 18:35:01
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Thank you for the kind words.   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:40:33

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Such an interesting subject Allen! I love how the saturation brings out even more interest. I agree with Henry's edits. I would even go further to blur out the background so the contrast was even more pronounced. Looks like a very inhospitable place for flora, fauna and humans.   Posted: 06/08/2020 01:06:45

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I don't know what to suggest. To me it appears that there are two competing conflicting images. The one in front is upright and the one behind it is spreading outward. I like the original color image 1.
  Posted: 06/18/2020 19:30:51

Victor Wasilov   Victor Wasilov
Lovely image. It has very good tonal range and quality with good detail in the highlights and shadows. To my eye, you have captured the harshness of the terrain and it's impact on a living structure. Well done.   Posted: 06/20/2020 10:47:03