Ying Shi  

Albizia tree by Ying Shi

October 2020 - Albizia tree

October 2020 - Ying Shi


About the Image(s)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, f/5.6, 1/1500, ISO800, 400mm
This is a photo taken at sunset in Kenya. Albizia is an iconic tree in the African grasslands, and its umbrella shape is very beautiful. Convert color original picture into black and white photo in PS. I tried to eliminate the interference of colors and highlight the albizia tree and the sun.

8 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A very beautiful image. I like the use of grey tones. I also like the tension between the tree and the sun. If I should give any suggestions to improvement, it would be to darken the sky from the top about down to the sun and and a slight darkening at the bottom, using grad filter.   Posted: 10/03/2020 01:08:13
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thanks for your suggestion.   Posted: 10/18/2020 20:16:28

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
This is very beautiful! You captured the right moment.
I like the sun is partially covered by clouds. Also this image has a mood, created by bright tone of sun vs dark tone of silhouette-tree. I prefer to see the tree on far left to balance the sun on the right. I feel uneasy having too much space on the left side. Maybe you can resolve this by cropping left side... But selection of the timing, selection of the subject, all are fantastic. Well done!   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:14:21
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thank you. Very good suggestion.   Posted: 10/18/2020 20:17:30

David Henderson   David Henderson
Hi Ying
You have captured the tree silhouette lovely and the image looks sharp. I believe Arne is correct in that the sky needs to be darken down to the sun to create more intrigue in the image. Also Haru is correct in that the tree needs to be positioned on the left hand vertical line rather than in the centre.   Posted: 10/06/2020 21:00:19
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thank you very much.   Posted: 10/18/2020 20:19:05

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Beautiful image. I am in complete agreement with David's comments.   Posted: 10/19/2020 12:52:02

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
I always think that Black & White Nature Photography is really an extraordinary attempt which I couldn't dare yet. Let me firstly comment on your color copy: Diffused light, color passing between tones at golden hour are really impressive. Your natural model, Ms Albizia looks great and only a leopard resting in the branches is missing:) Regarding your b&w image, it is much more mysterious and I dream vultures sitting on tree-top. Grey tones give same effect as yellow tones. Both sharp enough and invite us to grasslands. Probably, you used 400 mm prime f5,6 and I only wonder if sun was the reason to set 1/1500 Thanks for sharing Ying.   Posted: 10/20/2020 11:01:17


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