Terry Clark  

Live Oak by Terry Clark

May 2020 - Live Oak

May 2020 - Terry Clark


About the Image(s)

The original is one of three that I combined into an HDR. All shot at f10, ISO 640 with exposures from 1/10 to 1/30 of second. Sony a7R converted to 830nm.
Applied some Glamour Glow with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
The border was produced with Dynamic Auto Painter Watercolour filter

18 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
Wow. You do get some gigantic trees across there. This looks very impressive and the branches seem to go on forever away from the trunk. One wonders how they do not collapse due to their weight. There is an abundance of attractive foliage covering the branches and this is where I am having trouble. So much to take in and I feel a reasonable crop off the left would make it more comfortable viewing for me, otherwise a truly great capture and processing job.   Posted: 05/11/2020 07:34:14

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Those are Live Oaks. The "Old Ironsides" (USS Constitution) is made from Live Oak and cannonballs bounced off it due to the wood being so hard. There is a Live Oak in Charleston called the"Angel Oak" that spans a 183 feet.
I have a weakness for Spanish moss so I kept the Left side a little long so the "beard" stayed in the frame.   Posted: 05/11/2020 09:46:34

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
That tree presented quite a challenge. It looks huge so the question is how much or how little should be photographed. The "tangle" of branches are quite interesting. My sole suggestion is to experiment with adding some contrast so the branches are darker and the foliage whiter.   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:27:42
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Thanks for the input.
The original was taken in fairly deep shade and it was pretty flat. I was able to darken the trunks quite a bit and I could have lightened the leaves more but I wanted them to have just a little tone so did not the push the gamma too far. But looking now at this I agree the leaves could be lighter. The trunks would look darker then.
  Posted: 05/13/2020 08:59:40

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
What strikes me most about this image is the beauty of the foliage. It almost has an ethereal quality, maybe assisted by the Glamour Glow treatment. For me this quality would be lost if you increased the contrast, but this is purely a matter of personal taste. I could look at this for hours just admiring the wonder of nature. Lovely.   Posted: 05/14/2020 09:57:46
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Thank you Julie for the kind comments.
Yeah, I really like this image. I have not been able to print it yet, due to some remodeling in the basement, but when I am up and running this will be one of the first to come off the printer.
I took this during the IR workshop Debbie and I attended in Pawley's Island, South Carolina last fall. There are many live oaks through the area and gorgeous photography opportunities abound.
I don't like the Glamour Glow effect very much so used just a touch. I am thinking of ordering the Tony Sweet diffusion filter and see if it gives a better "glow." I think what really helped was this is an HDR. IR has such a narrow dynamic range I usually do at least triple exposures trying to stretch the range.

  Posted: 05/14/2020 16:01:48

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think you have captured this from exactly the right perspective, giving my eye a visual path under the huge , spreading branches right into the back of the scene. In my opinion this is perfect material for IR. (Now, I have to ask if you were on a Pawley's Is. workshop with my old mentor Mark Hilliard? He is the photographer who got me started in IR and I still follow him.) The only critique I have on this is that the leaves look a bit oversharpened to me. Perhaps brushing in just a little negative clarity on them would correct that. Or Julie's suggestion for adding Galmour Glow would also take care of that issue.   Posted: 05/16/2020 11:46:35
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Yes, Mark was the co-leader of that workshop and since he lives there he was able to take us to some great sites.
Mark was scheduled to co-lead the Blue Ridge workshop this summer but has been restricted from any field work so Jaime will solider on.
  Posted: 05/16/2020 14:31:50
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I have done MANY workshops with Mark and Jamie and feel like they are old friends. I did a Roan Mountain workshop with Jamie and Les Saucier 3 or 4 years ago and that was great too. Due to Covid-19 I am not planning any workshops this year. Maybe you and I will meet up at one of them sometime in the future. Interestingly, Debbie Perez and I were online friends for years and then finally met up at a Mark/Jamie workshop two years ago.   Posted: 05/16/2020 14:41:05
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
It was great fun meeting at that workshop!! Hope we can all meet at future workshops!!
  Posted: 05/18/2020 12:58:16

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I love old oaks with resurrection ferns. Have a great many down here in FL. This looks almost like a sketch and I like the idea of softening it by using some sort of "glow". I have Tony Sweet's diffusion filter and IMO makes everything very soft, I can do soft in software and have much better control. Will do an IR with it and post it one of these days and you can see what you think. If I'm printing, I will go with a pearl metallic if I want a glow and that gives a nice pop. If I want stark B&W, I will use a baryta.   Posted: 05/18/2020 12:49:39
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
I looked at Tony Sweet's video and when he had the diffusion filter on he increased his exposure by about 3x without re-metering. Do you use a stock adjustment when using that filter, such as his, or do you meter through the diffusion filter for the new exposure?

  Posted: 05/18/2020 15:26:40
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I typically meter through, it really is one of my least favorite filters. I shoot a lot with Lensbabies and I can get a sweet spot and diffusion, Tony's filter is 100% diffusion BUT I will often take a shot with the filter and the same shot without then blend the two shots. It is a lot of work because I can get almost the same result using software.
  Posted: 05/18/2020 15:40:55

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Great image, I also like the border, I have not heard of this filter before. I cannot think of anything else to change.   Posted: 05/19/2020 09:58:17
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
That filter is part of the Dynamic Auto Painter program, by Mediachance. The Pro version has about 50 primary filters that are designed to roughly resemble various artists, e.g. Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Benson, Sargent, Klimt, Manet, Camille Pizzaro, etc. Several of the primary filters have one or more variants and then each has a number of adjustments that can give a wide range of interpretation.
The Pro version costs $89 and the home version $39.
  Posted: 05/19/2020 10:17:46
Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Thanks, I'll have to check it out. Would you suggest the Pro or Home version?   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:27:48
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
I have only used the Pro versions of editions 4, 5 and now 6.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:29:53
Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
ok thanks   Posted: 05/19/2020 11:10:19


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