Mike Patterson  

Tree and Canyon by Mike Patterson

May 2022 - Tree and Canyon

May 2022 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

I captured this image several years ago with a Canon Rebel, using a 18-135 kit lens. Shot at 92 mm with an ISO200 and f/10. The shutter speed was 1/100 second. I didn’t care for the original version, so I cropped it down to capture the contrast between the cottonwood tree and stained red cliffs behind it. Processed in Lightroom and did some extensive cropping and adjustments.

7 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Mike, this was beautiful light and you were there to see it and capture it. However, the red cliff in the background is distracting. I wonder if it was possible to eliminate it from a different angle and still maintain the light. I would keep the cropped bottom and simply use the Spot Healing Brush to take out the bright foliage in the right bottom corner and the branch going out of the picture in the left bottom corner. I would also totally darken the cliff in the background, not only because it detracts from the image, but also because it has a devilish face in it. Also a little sharpness, gave it more life. Hope you like it and agree.   Posted: 05/09/2022 20:16:34
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Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
  Posted: 05/09/2022 20:19:38
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Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
A devilish face! That's a new one for me. Love it!! And thanks for your always helpful suggestions.   Posted: 05/11/2022 07:38:29

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Mike -- I guess the devil made you it ... As you say, there's a nice contrast between the many spindly branches of the tree and the solid rock walls in the background. Could the tree be brightened up a bit, to make it stand out even more? Also, as I look at the original, I wonder if another separate picture could by made featuring the rock wall on the right -- I like how it's lit indirectly and has that growth on the top with almost a hair light look to it.   Posted: 05/15/2022 16:45:32

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I have to agree on the elimination of the background Cliff. I would also crop the image down and try and accentuate the contrast between the light and the dark to bring the tree limbs out.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:49:05

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Nice capture and great lighting. I'm in agreement with Jerry on the two images. I like the lighting on both but together they compete with each other. I would like to see more of the tree so I cropped from the top and kept the bottom but removed the yellow flowers.   Posted: 05/16/2022 14:41:36
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Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree totally about the lighting. The tree absolutely glows - and that is the part of the image to focus on. I like Marti's crop.   Posted: 05/17/2022 14:48:04


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