Jon Allanson  

The Buttermere Pines by Jon Allanson

May 2022 - The Buttermere Pines

May 2022 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

These pine trees stand at the east end of Buttermere, in the English Lake District. Taken on a dull morning in March this year, on a Fuji GFX 50Sii with GF 100-200mm lens at 200mm, 1/125th, f16, ISO 400 on a tripod. The water was straightened up in Lightroom and some basic adjustments made. In Photoshop the water was darkened and the contrast and saturation increased on the trees and distant hill. The image was then heavily cropped to concentrate attention on the trees. It has also made an excellent image when converted to mono.

9 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 66 & 86)
Your composition has taken this beyond what might have been an ordinary scene with so so light. The three layers with the water, trees, and the mountains with stream come together nicely. Well seen, Jon.   Posted: 05/02/2022 17:49:03

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I would like to see the monochrome of this shot, I don't think the green and brown help much; my bet is that the shapes of the trees would come out even more interesting in monochrome.   Posted: 05/08/2022 11:08:32
Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Here is my mono version of the image, if think it will be better printed on a metallic paper as that will help make the trees stand out more. it all depends on how light the grass and bracken on the hillside are converted.   Posted: 05/09/2022 02:42:24
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Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
How did you convert it to mono? I think that the black on the trees could be lightened for more information and look less clumpy - Silver Efex Pro is what I use, but there are other programs. I still like it better in monochrome.   Posted: 05/09/2022 10:59:33
Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I virtually never use Nik filters as I have seen too many images spoilt by using the presets at too high a strength. All my mono conversions are done by using a stack of masked black and white adjustment layers. I usually start with the sky if present ,or the main subject ,then build around them the rest of the tones as required. This system gives me a lot of flexibility and the ability to keep making minor adjustments to the tones as required.   Posted: 05/10/2022 03:16:40
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I would suggest that you go back to one of the layers and get the information on the tops of the trees. They look like black clumps.   Posted: 05/10/2022 10:58:39
Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Now I have had time to go back to my mono print file the information was there with quite a lot of detail on the foliage of the pine trees. I am not surprised they do not come across as they should, as the original file was PSD at over 6000 px wide. What you have been looking at was a 1200px version at JPEG level 6, so the reduction in both size and quality greatly de-grades the image.   Posted: 05/24/2022 03:07:27

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
The post processing definitely made the photo pop. I like the leveled cropped lake. I like the diagonal slope to the left.
I don't think black white would add to this. The color is what I like about this photo. I might do a further crop off the right side so that the stream aligns on the right third line of the grid.
Well, not sure the trees look like black clumps but maybe some more variation of color couldn't hurt.
Oh, how I'd love to see a dull March morning in your area. Someday. Thanks for sharing until I can see in person.   Posted: 05/16/2022 17:30:59

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
A very nice job on the post processing, you have really brought out a lot of detail and color to create a lovely image. The advantage to the color, the water stream down the hill stands out a little more and shows the subtle variations on the side of the hills. Perhaps crop a little more off the bottom, the water doesn't really add a whole lot.   Posted: 05/24/2022 14:01:05


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