Nancie Clark  


The Tree at Ghost Ranch by Nancie Clark

June 2020 - The Tree at Ghost Ranch

About the Image(s)

Ghost Ranch in NM is artist Georgia O'Keefe's property. The area where this tree is at the beginning of the property. This is where they filmed the cabin scenes in the 'old' movie City Slickers.

I loved this tree! I played around with darkening the mountain behind. I'm open to any suggestions to processing it a different way. I have a b/w version that I like.

Nikon D800 75mm 1/50 f/22 ISO 100


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6 comments posted

John Zhu   John Zhu
It's a well balanced photo. I like the composition. The story behind the photo makes it more interesting. I would make less sky and more front grass to have the tree in the center between top/bottom. It's challenge but it would be nice darken the area behind the tree.   Posted: 06/08/2020 14:15:37

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I like how you composed this -- the tree on the right balances the butte on the left. I think the mountain looks just fine -- it's very realistic to how these buttes look when you are there. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 06/08/2020 14:15:59

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
There is a bit of a halo around the tree and you could crop a little of the sky, but I'm with Mike - I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 06/08/2020 18:54:01

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I like the composition. Since you mentioned liking a b/ww version, I decided to see what it looked like. I played through the presets in Camera Raw and eventually hit the Sepia one. It was my favorite by far so I thought I would share. I thought the Sepia really let the tree stand out.   Posted: 06/25/2020 08:42:53
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Trinda Love   Trinda Love
thanks for telling us the story of this place a bit.
I like the idea of a bit more grass and a bit less sky.
I think you need the light hill behind the tree to silhouette it. I think the hills on the left should be as light as behind the tree as they are on the same plane. That way the butte stands out as darker (closer) and gives you layers--grass, tree, butte, back hills, and sky. I think a monotone would be great with this image too.   Posted: 06/27/2020 16:00:44

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Sorry for my late comments Nancie. For Maria's version has much more appeal for a variety of reasons including the fact that the sky has few clouds making less interesting in a landscape. I don't mind the tree as a silhoueete, but can any detail in it be brought out? I also agree with others that a little more foreground grass would be helpful.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:14:26