Emil Davidzuk  

Birch Trees  by Emil Davidzuk

May 2020 - Birch Trees

May 2020 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

Located in St Louis’ Forest Park by the Art Museum. Workflow: I converted my raw image to BW using Topaz Studio 2, LR local adjustment filters/brush to adjust highlights and shadows and some work in PS CC to darken the mulch bed and walkways.

Shot with Canon 7D, 720nm at 26mm 1/80 sec f11, ISO 200, 0 EV.

5 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
I like it Emil! For my eye, the darkening is a bit heavy-handed, but that's very much a personal preference. I might suggest some selective cloning of the background fencing, handrails, etc. to give a fully natural look to the scene, including darkened mulch and walkways...the bold blacks and white really fill this image with photographic art in my opinion.   Posted: 05/04/2020 07:06:45

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Emil
I like the upper half of the image with perhaps a wee bit lighter tone in the dark foreground. No quibbles though about the composition. Full marks for that, considering its such a complex subject to photograph.   Posted: 05/04/2020 19:21:49

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Emil, I think your subject matter is fabulous and your perspective is great. I looks like a never ending line of trees. your conversion of the top half is lovely. I do find the blacks, especially in the foreground a little heavy, which is easily fixed.   Posted: 05/05/2020 09:52:32

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I think black and white images really shine with repeating patterns and shapes, as this lovely image illustrates, Emil. It would have been an easy mistake to line up perpendicular to the center row of trees, but just offsetting, as you have done, creates a 3D image, with the trees fading into the distance, where the eye encounters more trees.

Although I agree with Gary that the edge burning feels a little heavy handed, I do like the black foreground. The high contrast approach, which is unusual for you, makes the whites stand out more, and the image pops. Very nice!   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:30:27

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Emil, Birch trees are icons for photographers starting with Ansel Adams, and more recently Michael Melford and others. The challenge you faced was to capture their natural beauty in an unnatural park. You succeeded. The delicate patterns of light, subtleties of tone and richness of texture makes this image. IR photography, as you have employed it, rescues the naturalness of the trees in an otherwise unnatural scene.   Posted: 05/10/2020 22:48:51


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