Debasish Raha  

A windy day by Debasish Raha

May 2020 - A windy day

About the Image(s)

While looking for something to shoot from home, I noticed this young tree with young branches swinging back and forth on a windy day.

Tech: taken at ISO-400, 1/40th sec at F/25.

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4 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
I do love the wind, as long as it is not a hurricane! (I live in hurricane country!) Wind blowing in the trees makes a beautiful sound and sight, and your image does capture that sight. This image would make a good texture, with a bit of tweaking.

It would be nice to see your original image and the steps that you took to convert it to monochrome.

To me, the vertical lines on the top third of this image, are a bit of a distraction. You might consider removing them.
There is a real art in capturing light to make an impressive image. To me, the same intensity of light throughout an image, is not too exciting. I do think this image would look better, to me, if there were some variation of overall light.

As I look at your image, I think that there is a tree trunk almost hidden in your image. Perhaps you might wish to bring that out, to give a focal point to the image.

Here is my interpretation of your image, done in Photoshop CC:
1) I selected the areas to be changed and used Adobe Edit > Fill > Content Aware fill to remove those vertical lines at the top.
2) To bring out the whiteness of the seeming tree trunk, I applied an Exposure Adjustment layer. I upped the exposure to 1.61, lowered the offset to .0623, and lowered the gamma correction to .93.
3) I inverted the white mask on the Exposure Adjustment layer, from white to black (Ctrl i), and then I painted with white over the spots in which the tree trunk seemed to peep through. The white revealed the Exposure layer adjustments.
4) To add some variation in light across the image, I added a Brightness/Darkness Adjustment layer and upped the brightness to 42 and lowered the contrast to -43.
5) I inverted that brightness layer to black, and then I used a large soft brush, at about 50 percent opacity, to brush over the left side, as the wind was breaking through from that direction, so logically, the light could also be breaking through from that direction.   Posted: 05/08/2020 15:03:25
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Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I wondered if when you were editing D's image, you tried just a curve and using a screen blend mode at about 50%.

I like the way you have brought out the tree trunk and branches.   Posted: 05/08/2020 16:47:38

Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Debasish
An image that transmits the force of the wind really, although I think I would have liked to see something of the trunk of the tree, perhaps not so much closeup of the branches   Posted: 05/17/2020 16:46:59

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Georgian, Thanks for your comments and effort on my image. I like the improvement that you made specially for making the trunk and the branches more prominent. I have attached the original image. I use Lightroom for editing my images.

Thanks Judith and Jose for your comments as well   Posted: 05/21/2020 22:39:47
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