John Gilkerson, MPSA  

Four Trees by John Gilkerson, MPSA

October 2019 - Four Trees

About the Image(s)

Away from the quaysides this month and much nearer home.

Image made April 25th Sony HX90V compact.
Along a farm track a short walk from home.

Tonal Contrast preset applied in CEP.
Converted to mono in SEP using the High Structure (Harsh) preset.
Darkened and contrast adjusted in Affinity Photo.

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

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
John - I am very fond of trees without leaves so that their structure can be seen - far more interesting than a mushy set of leaves!

Overall I find the image a little flat despite the contrast added during processing and feel that the sky could be made a little more dramatic. As it stands the image might benefit from cropping 16x9 cutting off some of the foreground grass. I also wonder if an alternative crop to exclude the tree on the right would strengthen the image - 4's don't work as well as 3's.   Posted: 10/11/2019 13:52:54

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi John: An interesting landscape image. I'd consider trying to bring out a bit more contrast in the clouds, and, perhaps a curves or levels adjustment to add some more tonal value to the image... it does appear a bit flat to my eye... I agree with Peter's comment regarding a tighter crop to remove one of the trees and some foreground grass. The sky seems to have a bit of noise, and, perhaps that is my eye, but might also consider a denoise application.   Posted: 10/11/2019 16:39:35

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Hi John, I would agree with Peter. Cropping one of the trees, adding contrast, and a landscape formate image, (16x9), would work.   Posted: 10/11/2019 17:02:28

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi John
As peter says winter trees through up some great shapes I agree with the others perhaps a crop and a little more contrast would really make it pop.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:42:25

Ed Ries
Hello John. I have nothing to ad to the comments of the others. However let me say that I am always attracted to lonely trees and how they suggest (to me) strength   Posted: 10/14/2019 15:10:36

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
We are always told that an odd number is better than an even one.
I am not always convinced about that but, looking at this image, it would seem to be true. Instead of altering this image I shall revisit the scene with three trees in mind.   Posted: 10/17/2019 04:05:59

Hi, John!

I like this flat and minimalistic composition. I would make this landscape more contrasting and graphic.   Posted: 10/24/2019 02:33:29