Peggy Reeder  


How To Climb a Tree by Peggy Reeder

November 2020 - How To Climb a Tree

November 2020 - Peggy Reeder

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I did some basic editing in Lightroom - exposure, contrast, white and black points. You can see that the image needed quite a bit of work to eliminate trash cans and electrical boxes. So I took it into Photoshop where I did some major cloning. Then I went into Nik Color Efex Pro and applied these filters - Foliage, High Key, Vignette:Lens, and Image Borders. This stairway has always interested me because it is somewhat ornate and throws off interesting shadows at certain times of the day. Here it is climbing into the tree as though that is the destination. However, there is a doorway at the top which is obscured by the foliage of the tree.


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15 comments posted




Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very creative treatment of this picture, Peggy! I like the artificial, man made stairway "exploding" into the natural image of the tree, almost like a firecracker (with the stairway as kind of a fuse), which then leads the eye (or at least my eye) back to the surrounding man made setting of the wall and windows. The building seems a little under exposed, but maybe this was the look you were after. Perhaps the window on the left could be cloned out. Great job!   Posted: 11/06/2020 13:51:08
Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Correction -- I meant to say over exposed.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:50:46
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes I added a high key filter in Nik so that's the over exposed look. I didn't want all of the lines and texture of the wall to compete too much with the tree.
  Posted: 11/08/2020 13:07:11



Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I think you did a great job with this image. Perhaps just a little more contrast to bring out the details in the tree, but overall I think this is well done. It's very imaginative and forces you to take a double take when looking at it to see if you're really seeing what you think you're seeing. I agree with you that keeping the white wash on the building subdued does make the tree and staircase stand out much more. Really a great photograph.   Posted: 11/09/2020 10:21:40



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I agree - very creative. Good eye for seeing this shot. I also feel it's a little overexposed though I can see Al's point about the white wash on the building. I tried warming it up some and giving it more contrast.   Posted: 11/09/2020 11:09:39
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Also tried to crop out the left side window which keeps moving my eye to the left.   Posted: 11/09/2020 11:14:16
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree about the window removal. I still like the more washed out look of the wall though.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:25:38



Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Nice capture and very unusual. I especially like Marti's edits. I feel it enhances the image.   Posted: 11/09/2020 14:07:30



Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
Looks like one of my favorite spots in downtown Georgetown, TX. Is it? Fun capture. Looks like a stairway to a hidden treehouse.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:19:32
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes it is Georgetown! Are you a resident?   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:24:33



Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
Yes, indeed.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:32:44
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Well Hi Neighbor!   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:36:15



Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
Yes, indeed.   Posted: 11/09/2020 15:40:25



Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I love the lines in this image. First the horizon line of the sidewalk, which leads my eye to the stairs and then up to the tree which has round, curve and vertical lines that lead back to the sidewalk. Nice triangle created by the stairs, tree and sidewalk. I feel the focal point of this image is the stair leading into the tree, so I would clone all the windows out. I like the lightened version of the wall, which causes the stairs and tree to contrast and remain the focal point. Fun capture!!!   Posted: 11/12/2020 09:06:05



Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Peggy, all I can say is: 'What a great find'!!!   Posted: 11/12/2020 14:01:41