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Heritage River Birch Bark by Bill Foy

March 2020 - Heritage River Birch Bark

March 2020 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

This image was made about a year ago at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. On a not-too-cold day for walking around in the snow looking for macro shots that don't involve flowers or insects, I found this bark to be interesting. With the exception of the cropping, all processing done in LR. I cropped the image, bumped the contrast and texture and applied a slight vignette. Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm macro lens, f/11, 1/60, ISO-250, handheld, no flash.

9 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 60)
Hey Bill
Nice capture, I always find birch/aspen to be great subject matter. With the addition of the snow really adds interest to the shot. The only thing I might suggest is a little burning/dodging to bring out the edges of the bark and add more depth.   Posted: 03/03/2020 16:46:45
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Hi Bob! I like Tom's application of your idea to burn/dodge the edges of the bark.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:23:27

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Interesting subject, Bill. I'm wondering what area this represents - based upon the snow crystals it must be fairly small.

I agree with Bob about creating more depth with targeted dodging and burning. I've taken the liberty to apply a bit as demonstration.

  Posted: 03/10/2020 14:14:18
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Just for fun, since I'm in the process of creating planets from textures, I thought I'd use your image for a trial. What do you think?   Posted: 03/10/2020 14:15:29
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I think the planet creation from this image is pretty cool! Definitely not something I'd think about doing. I had to look at the planet a few times to see what you'd done.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:36:19
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Tom, I don't know the answer to your question about "what area this represents". I think it was where the tree trunk starts to separate into branches, but I'm not sure about that. I like your burn/dodge enhancements.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:34:06
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I was referring to the physical dimensions - length and width.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:48:13

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
Nice macro. I love shooting bark but somehow it doesn't usually turn out as nice as this one. I'm going to take the opposite approach and say that the brightness of the snow takes my eye away from the bark. Here is my rendition done with burning in some of the snow.   Posted: 03/13/2020 11:49:34
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Marti. I'm always on the lookout for bark. There are some really interesting trees that are just begging for a macro lens to be trained on them!!
I'm not a fan of dirty snow. With the exception of really bright, sunlit days, I really like to spend the time to get the snow's color the way I see it.   Posted: 03/19/2020 14:41:04


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