Melanie Hurwitz  

Tree Canopy by Melanie Hurwitz

March 2023 - Tree Canopy

March 2023 - Melanie Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

Looking up and down is something that I try to do when out photographing. I often find that the most interesting subject is not just straight ahead. I thought that the shapes and patterns here were fascinating.
I converted using BW in Photoshop. In Nik, I used Tonal Contrast to find more detail( I do not like Detail Extractor as I find it too harsh), Darken Lighten and Pro Contrast. I do wonder what you all think about to blueish toning here. Looking forward to your comments.
Sony AII F11, 400 ISO, 1/1250

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12 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Melanie - I really like the composition and the processing but have to admit that I'm not as fond of the toning. I'm pretty partial to using neutral tones in my own BW work so it affects how I respond to other images.
I really like how you positioned the trees to frame the sky here. Well done.   Posted: 03/01/2023 16:04:00
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Henry. As you saw I was not all all sure about the toning.   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:00:25

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Melanie
This is one of my favorite subjects which has been beautifully composed and processed. Also, I don't mind the bluish tone as I often tone suitable subjects appropriately. Though subjective, its more to do with personal choice!   Posted: 03/01/2023 23:26:18
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Yes, I thought I would join your tree parade that you do so well.   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:02:00

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi. Nicely seen and captured abstract of lines, shapes, and textures. I'm okay with the toning. You may have taken the Tonal Contrast a bit far, creating a lighter halo around the tree branches. It's noticeable, but not distracting in this case.   Posted: 03/02/2023 07:34:29
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Arik, I see what you mean and will fix it.   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:03:46

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Melanie,

You know me...I can't go half-way on infrared tonality unless it creates the mood. I love your composition and subject matter overall, but it just strikes me as having little or no visual impact as is. See the adjusted version in which I used Nik's Color Efex Pro "Midnight" preset to dramatically darken it and accentuate the blacks. I then dodged the center branches for detail. You now have sort of a 'black hole'!   Posted: 03/02/2023 09:40:08
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Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thank Gary, I was looking for a night effect and feel I did not quite get there. Your version is most interesting, but I think that detail in the branches is missing, so maybe somewhere in between would work   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:06:37

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Kind of like Gary's, this one has a certain whimsical mood, Melanie. Who hasn't looked up through the trees to the sky and clouds? It's one of those that works better for me either small, or from a distance, when the trees become framing and I can see my way through the center to the sky beyond.

Although I'm usually a fan of black skies, here, I don't think there's enough foliage on the trees (lighter tones), we're just left with the clouds, so that Gary's version becomes something of a night version of the same image. Your original works fine for me.   Posted: 03/05/2023 11:41:42
Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Jack, See my reply to Gary and I wonder if you may agree.   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:07:51

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am glad you were looking up in this case. Wonderful composition

The mood I feel when I look at for awhile is light and airy so here my vision


Emil   Posted: 03/07/2023 14:18:47
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Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thanks Emil, I do like your version. It makes me think of spring.   Posted: 03/08/2023 17:08:51