Barbara Gore  

Horizontal Palm by Barbara Gore

July 2024 - Horizontal Palm

About the Image(s)

This image of a fallen palm tree was taken on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Ga, at sunset. I deliberately chose to shoot the beach side, facing the ocean, to capture the soft pastel hues of twilight reflecting on the water.
I used an ND filter to create an ethereal effect on the waves, enhancing the serene atmosphere. Although the beach is known for its iconic driftwood trees submerged in water, this fallen palm tree stood out as an interesting visual element for me.
Editing was done in LR and PS. Highlights, shadows, hue, saturation and luminance were adjusted. I also used denoise in LR and cropped the image to remove some of the empty sky. Additionally a few of the dead palm fronds were cloned away from the horizon.

Canon R5
24-105 mm lens @ 28mm
4.0 sec exposure
ND 10 stop filter
Gitzo Tripod

2 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I'm a sucker for these minimal style images. I really like the simplicity of this. I like the diagonal line of the tree and how you so carefully kept all the root from breaking over the horizon line created by the sea. I'm even more excited about how the tones of the tree are mirrored in both the water and the sky as this sort of ties everything together. This belongs on the white wall of an office or bank. Really eye catching and lots of impact. The pastels are wonderful.

My only negative comment is that I wish the bright wave in the lower left corner was not there. But I'll completely overlook it since the image is so nice.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:13:37

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I was looking at the image thinking about comments and then read Larry's. My comments would have been almost exactly the same. My only add is I think you nailed the shutter speed. This is a wall-hanger for sure   Posted: 07/09/2024 17:32:21


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