Audrey Waitkus  

Blue Hour Trees by Audrey Waitkus

April 2021 - Blue Hour Trees

About the Image(s)

This was taken in August during the blue hour after sunset. I was struck by the fading sunset behind the bare tree shapes isolated in the gap between the trees. Taken with my iPhone, f /2.4, ISO 50, 1/40 second. I edited it in the iPhone editor to crop in to focus on the main subject of the bare tree shapes. I purposely left the figure in the picture for scale. I was especially pleased with the overall tone of blue evident in the pebbles and the road which is an effect of the light during the blue hour.

5 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
The over all blue is outstanding! You put a lot of thought in taking this image. The person in this image adds so much...One wonders what he is thinking about.   Posted: 04/16/2021 08:30:15

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
I like the emphasis on the blue colors and the feeling of what is out on the water that we can not see. From a composition perspective, I would crop out the road in the foreground and the tree on the left side. This would also get the subject tree out of the center of the frame. The horizon line looks a little off. I also would do a little dodging on the tree behind the man so it has a little more detail.   Posted: 04/20/2021 09:49:29
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
My intent when I cropped from the original image was to put the U-shape on the thirds line, but your suggestions made me think of it differently. I also purposely left in a strip of road to give a sense of place. So here is a much better interpretation using your ideas. It took a bit of cloning to remove the bits of the tree on the left, and I was amazed how the dodging brought out the trees on the right. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also always amazed how you pick out slanty horizons - it was off by just 1 degree, but fixing it really makes a difference.   Posted: 04/21/2021 09:20:57
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Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Glad I gave you a different perspective, not that there is anything wrong with the original. My mentor in my camera club is real big on getting the horizon line correct. He can spot the smallest amount it is off. In self defense I have worked to get the same eye he has. As you noted it does make a difference. I never have done much dodging and burning but Matt Kastkloski does short webinars and had one on dodging and burning. He included a set of preset brushes for Lightroom which makes it real easy. I now dodge and burn on almost every image.   Posted: 04/21/2021 09:33:48

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
This is a really nice picture. I particularly love the beautiful dead tree's skeleton. I agree with Eric's crop suggestion.   Posted: 04/20/2021 21:03:34


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