John Gilkerson, MPSA  

Two Trees Revisited by John Gilkerson, MPSA

January 2022 - Two Trees Revisited

About the Image(s)

A recent and local image.

An earlier image of these two trees has been successful for me in colour sections of exhibitions.
That image does not convert usefully to monochrome.
Consequently, I felt that a stronger sky ws required.

Luckily I was looking out of the window a few days later and saw that the sky was just what was required.
As this scene is less than a mile from home I grabbed a camera snd tripod and went to get the picture.

Image made December 6th 2021

Sony A900 ISO200 Minolta 28-105mm zoom at 70mm 1/40 f13

Tonal Contrast prefix applied in CEP4
Converted to mono in SEP3 with brightness and contrast adjusted
Sharpened in Sharpener Pro 4

12 comments posted

Ed Ries
Hello John. Very dramatic landscape. The detail in the trees and surrounding shrubs is well defined against the sky. Perhaps you may want to try something like Topaz Denoise I to eliminate some of the grain effect in the sky. However, having said that it may well be that you wanted the effect to add to the drama.   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:54:41
John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ed, I am wondering if the noise in the sky was caused by the sharpening. I may have a look at doing the sharpening differently.   Posted: 01/08/2022 01:59:50

Nick Delany   Nick Delany
I think the technical execution is excellent except for the small amount of noise that can be easily adjusted for. I might suggest seeing if boosting the white further in HDR would not help dramatise the sky further increasing the impact of the trees against the sky. I'm not sure of this but 2/3 of the way up the left tree on the right side of the stem there might be a camera dust spot. Either way it tends to look unnatural.   Posted: 01/07/2022 18:09:05
John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Nick, an excellent start to your group membership.
I shall investigate that dust spot!   Posted: 01/08/2022 02:01:54

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Nick, I have had a look at the full size file and there is not a dust spot to be seen. There are some areas which may be usefully changed as if they were dust spots.   Posted: 01/08/2022 02:12:25

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi John: At first glance and without reading your description, I thought that you somehow used a mirror. I can't see dust or noise but maybe my eyeglasses need adjusting...I'll ask Paul for his opinion on that :-) Very nice composition and if this were my image, I would dodge areas of the clouds a bit .. I da no.. if a slight vignette might help - it might be worth a try?   Posted: 01/08/2022 11:16:56
John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ella, I see what you mean about using a mirror!
In fact it is the almost mirrored effect which first attracted me to these two trees.
As they are young and also so close to home, I should be able to produce more images in the future.
  Posted: 01/11/2022 03:30:05

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
John - A dramatic image aided by the strength of the sky - well worth your second visit! I like the symmetry of the trees in the frame. I see no obvious noise in the image at the size presented, but as a BTW in the processing of all my images a Topaz Denoise AI layer is applied - Nik Define is rather ineffective for noise reduction IMHO.   Posted: 01/10/2022 06:19:33

Nick Delany   Nick Delany
John, you are right it is not a dust spot but I did not know what to name it. Being a B&W image, I am assuming all adjustments are possible and you might want to remove this one.   Posted: 01/10/2022 11:53:59
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John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
I suppose that could be a raindrop.
Except that it was not raining at the time.
I shall remove it anyway, whatever it may be!
Well spotted........   Posted: 01/10/2022 12:15:44

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi John
You did the right thing by venturing out,wonderful sky, the grain in the sky does not bother me in this image it adds to the atmosphere of the shot in my humble opinion,really well composed,perfectly cropped,love where the light is just highlighting small areas of the grass in the centre adding wonderful contrast love it.   Posted: 01/10/2022 16:29:55

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Hi John, I must agree with the earlier comments. The grain doesn't really bother me. I do believe that your sensor has dust on it. In addition to the area shown by Nick, there are several spots on the right side of the image just up from the horizon.   Posted: 01/12/2022 14:46:58


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