Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA  

Lone Tree by Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA

August 2020 - Lone Tree

August 2020 - Palli Gajree, HonPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Unlike Australian Gums, I’ve a passion for taking pictures of dead trees which are not only interesting, but have a character of their own. This one was shot in Canberra just before the outbreak of Coronavirus.
RAW file was initially processed using Topaz Studio 2 and later fine-tuned in both LR and CS6. Added some sepia in keeping with the aged look of the tree. Further, I treated the image by giving it the “Tin Type Dirty” effect from ON1’s Standalone vers 10.0.
I quite like the image with the torn corners which is in keeping with the mood. Would welcome your views!
Technical Details
Converted Canon 40D; 17-40mm f/4L lens; 28mm 1/90th sec. @ f/22; ISO 320

7 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Palli,
I'm a fan of this particular preset filter from ON1, and I think it works perfectly with the scene. It's tintype, but it's also helping with the mood of the scene. Your choice of toning I find particularly effective as well. I can't think of a thing to suggest you change. Well done!   Posted: 08/01/2020 11:07:53

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Well done. The Tin Type preset really works well for your image

Emil   Posted: 08/02/2020 09:26:35

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like the old tree, Palli. I have conflicting feelings on the filter. I like the texture it adds to the body of the image; the frame, sure it's a cool effect, but I think overall it takes away from the simplicity of your image (but I'm a purist in that regard ;) . What I like about the tree is it's long arching branch on the left, and in your crop, you've lost that. For me, all your image needs is a sky like Gary has this month. Nice though just the same.   Posted: 08/02/2020 13:58:24

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thank you all for your comments.
Here's one to please you, Jack!!   Posted: 08/03/2020 03:26:24
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Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Palli,
Bare lone trees are always interesting and you have found a good one. I like your processing and you have managed to lighten and darken areas to make the tree really stand out. I am not a fan of the boarder, I think it distracts from the star of the show.   Posted: 08/08/2020 10:24:21

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Thanks Melanie, for your observation. Point taken! It was purely experimentation and included to give the image an aged look.   Posted: 08/08/2020 23:01:17

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
I share your fascination and appreciation of old trees. Some seem to be in their bare old phase longer than when they were younger. It is provocative and fun to use plugins. They not only suggest possibilities, but also help realize a vision one has. I like your use of them in this image accept for the border; in this case I agree with comments made by Melanie and Jack.   Posted: 08/12/2020 20:12:44


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