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Trees resting in Peace at Cypress Lawn by John Erve

November 2020 - Trees resting in Peace at Cypress Lawn

November 2020 - John Erve


About the Image(s)

Trees resting in Peace at Cypress Lawn
This cemetery has many well famous historical figures and is also an arboretum due to the variety of trees on the grounds. I was happy with how this image taken facing the sun came out.

Nikon D5500 with 665 nm filter. 1/500 sec. f/9 18mm with ISO 100.
Initial processing with Luminar 3 using a custom WB set with Adobe DNG profile Editor. Finished processing with Topaz Color Effex and AI Clear.

6 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi John
You have certainly created a drama here, and everything is going for this image. Even a vertical composition would work.
One suggestion if I may! Would you possibly consider cloning out that little tree on the left?   Posted: 11/06/2020 19:45:07

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
One of my initial reactions, John, was, given what you were after, might it actually be easier to approach this scene with a conventional camera? But of course, after reading your description, of course, shooting into the sun, I agree the infrared camera handled the harsh light much better than a traditional sensor would have.
I think as to the composition, I might have taken a closer in approach to the various markers.   Posted: 11/07/2020 13:59:16

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi John, I love that you have given us a color version. I think you did well shooting into the sun. I can see a sunburst in the tall tree. I think that it is a little too muddy. Much of the detail has been lost. Toning more towards yellow should give a lighter feel. If it were mine, I would crop a little off the left and the bottom, but I do understand that the environment was imortant.   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:14:37

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
John, I like the effect you achieved shooting into the sun. I am curious about your custom WB preset. Does it allow you to adjust colors the way you prefer (e.g., your sky looks natural and terrific, yet the trees are classic IR)?   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:18:12
John Erve   John Erve
Charles, after adjusting the WB I brought the image into Luminar to do the blue and red channel swapping which it looks like I neglected to describe. This is what gave the blue sky and yellow leaves. The color and saturation was further adjusted slightly in Topaz. I am finding color IR to be more challenging...   Posted: 11/11/2020 17:20:05

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi John,

Great colors. I do think that selective lightening and then saturation boosting or at least warming of he backlit trees is in order to give the whole scene more impact and visual appeal.   Posted: 11/13/2020 07:01:31


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