Ying Shi  

Jeff tree by Ying Shi

November 2020 - Jeff tree

November 2020 - Ying Shi


About the Image(s)

Descripation: A tree named Jeff on the African grassland is very beautiful. Shooting at night, it happens that the clouds are also very beautiful. In the later stage, I used PHOTOSHOP to make black and white photos to reflect the beautiful light and shadows and lines.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, ISO1600, f8, 30S

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12 comments posted

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Ying,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful image. I like the composition, simple but great impact, and also it has mood. Very nice!
On the other hand, I was wondering why you chose to shoot with long exposure.
If I want to emphasis of pattern of clouds, I would expect sharp clouds with strong contrast in B&W with faster SS and large f stop.
Maybe your intention is to have viewer's eye on the silhouette of tree... But I am not sure.   Posted: 11/03/2020 03:00:44

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Ying, I enjoyed both the bnw and color versions. Maybe you could increase contrast a bit. Jeff looks so magnificent. In response to Haru, -in my opinion- long expo is needed here not to freeze clouds' movement. This ensures impressive sky effect. Removing headlights behind the tree and red light on the left are good edits. Well-done, you took us to exciting Africa. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/07/2020 09:00:14

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
I like that the slow shutter speed captures the movement of the clouds, it makes the image dynamic, and it does focus our attention on the tree. Perhaps the sky could take just a touch more contrast, as Ata suggests, without competing for attention with the tree.
I'm feeling like I wish the tree were just to the left, but it's still very nice as is.   Posted: 11/07/2020 17:52:11

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thanks for you all. Very good suggestion, I totally agree.   Posted: 11/07/2020 18:11:51

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like your composition with the lonely tree towards the great sky. It gives quietness and drama. The light in the foreground leads the eyes into the tree and up to the sky. The symmetry enhances the feeling of quietness. My suggestions for improvement is to darken the highlight in the sky as it takes attention from the tree. About the exposure; in my opinion it should either be longer or shorter. If shorter, the clouds would be sharp and crisp. If longer, they would be more dreamy and abstract. By going up to f/16, I think you would got sufficient exposure time.   Posted: 11/08/2020 01:15:20
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
I totally agree with you. Thank you.   Posted: 11/09/2020 21:03:25

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
This is a great example of what can be accomplished in Minimalist Photography. A subject, the sky as background and the earth as foreground. You have made the most of the least. For me, I think Arne has described the changes that might be used to enhance your image. Beautiful!   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:23:30
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thank you.   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:55:30

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Ying Shi.

As the others have already mentioned, a simple (minimalist) composition that draws attention and interest.

Again, Arne Skinlo suggestion is valid: here is where "Bracketing" your shots could pay off. This is, taking 3, 4 or 5 shots of the Exact Same Composition, only changing camera dynamics, i.e. aperture, shutter-speed, or ISO setting. Then in post-production review, pick the one image that best illustrates what you were after. This is important on most night exposures as Exact Exposure is usually hard to gauge. A tripod is a must.   Posted: 11/18/2020 11:02:38
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Very good idea. Thank you very much.   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:40:35

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
A lone tree that stand tall on a land with no bound to witness the passing of life and time ! !
Very poetic and invite us to the investigate the past, the future and meaning of life.
To me, simple is always stronger than busy scene .
I would like the time to be longer so that I can see more movement and the implication of longer time...however, that is only me.
I would enjoy more texture in the sky for the same reason.
Blue is a color that can yield many different tones so it would mean that our preference are different because we interpret the scene in different ways.
Thank you very much for sharing.
  Posted: 11/30/2020 13:00:45
Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thank you very much.   Posted: 11/30/2020 17:12:11