Richard Story  


LONELY CYPRESS by Richard Story

October 2020 - LONELY CYPRESS

About the Image(s)

CANON 7D II
105 MM
F/9
1/1250
ISO 500
THIS OLD TREE AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT ONE ANOTHER FOR YEARS..FINALLY HAD THE RIGHT TIMING AS MANY TIMES LILY PADS CHOKE THE CANAL AND NO REFLECTION.

THIS IS A TWO SHOT VERT. PANO TO GET THE ENTIRE SCENE, HAD TO CLEAN UP A FEW LILLY PADS, BUT HIS WAS MY KEEPER.


4 comments posted




Damon Williams   Damon Williams
I think your patience paid off. We're all looking for that "lone tree" shot, right?

This wouldn't have nearly the same impact it does without that reflection, IMHO. And there's something else that I think this demonstrates, or at least it's a lesson for me: Like I wrote, we all want to separate our subject from the background, and get that "lone tree" shot. But so often, distracting backgrounds are just unavoidable. The way the treeline in the background bisects the tree is one of those bothersome unavoidables.

BUT, THE REFLECTION DOES NOT HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE BACKGROUND, because of the angle from which it reflects. Not only is the reflection free of background conflict, it helps you see the subject better too. I don't think I've ever put two and two together about this particular phenomenon before.

I'm sure you were well aware of this effect, and absolutely meant this Richard, so good on you. And, thanks for the epiphany.   Posted: 10/13/2020 22:53:36



Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
I can see why it has beckoned to you for so long. What a beauty. I really like your choice of b and w and the reflection absolutely makes the shot. Thanks to Damon sharing his epiphany too. I love the shot and have a couple of picky questions/suggestions...there are a couple of kind of weird blurry areas on both sides of tree just above the bulb on tree and smaller pond. I'm not sure what they are from but my eye went to them before anything else in the photo. The ripples to viewer's left of the reflected tree are confusing...what is making them? I'm guessing the lily pads may be why you cropped where you did on left of frame. The tree is so close to the center, my eyes would wish it to be exactly in the center and it not be quite such a tall vertical frame. So glad you shared this beauty with us   Posted: 10/15/2020 17:30:37



Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Nicely done! I like that the lilly pads and the ripples in the water add interest to the scene. I actually prefer the tree not being in the center. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 10/20/2020 00:41:26



Emmy Denton   Emmy Denton
Hi Richard, I agree with your timing what a wonderful view of the tree. I like your framing of the tree - to the side a bit. I like the sky, although a little more contrast would help bring out the clouds a bit. I would consider bringing down the contrast on the bushes and plants around the tree and bringing up the contrast on the tree and perhaps making it slightly brighter. I think black and white was a good call for this picture.

  Posted: 10/26/2020 23:47:02



 

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