Melanie Hurwitz  

Streaked Trees by Melanie Hurwitz

November 2020 - Streaked Trees

November 2020 - Melanie Hurwitz

Original 1

November 2020 - Melanie Hurwitz

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Canon 20D ISO400, F13, 50mm 1/6 second!
We have just returned from a trip to gaze at the wonderful fall colors in Tennessee. We made a short stopover in Savannah where we have been before. I was looking at images taken on our previous trip there, and came across this taken in the Bonaventure Cemetery. As we had discussed camera tilt last month, this seemed like an interesting submission. I have always been fascinated by the technique and pleased when it works.
Firstly, I cannot believe that I took this at 1/6 of a second. Sharpness is not bad considering that.
Once I had converted using the life pixel action, the ghostly appearance seemed entirely in keeping with it being taken in a cemetery. I added some contrast and took down the brightness a little.
For the purists among us, I am showing the mono version too, which you may prefer. After converting to back and white, select color was used for toning. Contrast added too.

10 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
The post-processing and the way you took this image has paid off. I also like the toning and contrast, but above all, the composition. I prefer this to Original 2 as it has given the added depth. Well done!   Posted: 11/06/2020 19:34:24
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Palli for your kind words   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:35:04

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This worked great, Melanie, I love the mood you've created.
As one of the "purists" haha, I expected to like the black and white more, but I find myself liking the tint. I think almost any tint would work, and the one you've chosen conveys it's own special mood.

For anyone else trying to recall the camera tilt discussion, it was on Emil's image, and it basically is..."you focus on your scene, reset to manual mode, and set your tripod ball head fairly loose so you can tilt it up to the "sky" during the exposure smoothly. You want pure vertical movement and a long lens. "   Posted: 11/07/2020 13:52:01
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
I knew I could convert you to color IR eventually!HaHa.
Thanks for reminding us of the technique.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:37:03

John Erve   John Erve
Melanie, I am a big fan of intentional camera movement because you always end up with something unique. Yours is a good example and it makes this scene both recognizable as trees but at the same time something mysterious. I think your color treatment works well and I enjoy it more than the BW. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/07/2020 15:50:12
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
I hope to see something of yours using this technique. It's fun but oh so frustrating to get it right.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:38:38

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Melanie...I really like this. The color version is superb and has an eerie quality to it that is appealing to my eye. You've caused me to want to get out and set up the tripod and do some of these again like I did years and years ago. This time...with IR and a long lens. Well done.   Posted: 11/07/2020 20:39:41

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thank you. Your critiques always are much appreciated. Go out and do it!   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:39:57

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I love the effect camera tilt has on IR imagery, it opens up another dimension for our artistry. 1/6 second does not give you a lot of time to execute the tilt, it takes work and you did very well here. You made the right choice, the straight BW was a bit stark

Emil   Posted: 11/10/2020 11:45:11

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Melanie, the tilt-shift technique does seem appropriate for capturing the mysterious and spiritual. And it invites creativity using layers in Photoshop (e.g., merging a tilt-shift image with a compatible still image). Lots of possibilities. Thank you again for the inspiration.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:13:31


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