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Leading Trees by Paul Moertl

September 2023 - Leading Trees

September 2023 - Paul Moertl


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We were in California visiting my wife's brother and sister-in-law in August. While I was walking around, I found this set of trees that led to the tree on the end. I felt that the mono picture better showed the end trees and, I thought, that they were the important part of the picture.

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8 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I agree that monochrome was the way to go with this. Love the leading lnes that give real depth to the photo. You have good depth of field. It is a peaceful scene. I would like to see more tonal range, however. I took it into Camera Raw and increased the contrast significantly and played with the black slider.   Posted: 09/09/2023 14:39:41
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Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I agree on having more contrast. Didn't think of it.   Posted: 09/09/2023 19:37:13

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Paul, yes, the monochrome is the version that works best here, I think, and Cindy's suggestion about increased contrast would have been mine, as well. (I think her edit works). What I do really like about the image is way the strong leading lines of the trees take us into the frame and towards the bright patch of sky in the top centre. I think the vertical configuration works well.   Posted: 09/10/2023 22:59:03

James Cagle   James Cagle
I agree with the more contrast and the nice leading lings. I cropped a little tighter on the right and removed the picnic table on the lower right. The whole middle of image draws you in.   Posted: 09/19/2023 12:34:10
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Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
James, you nailed it!
  Posted: 09/19/2023 15:43:06

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I'll be darned - I didn't see the picnic table.   Posted: 09/19/2023 15:57:43

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Paul, I like the composition of this image with the path leading through the trees. I agree that it needs more contrast to really bring it out. I didn't notice the picnic table, either!   Posted: 09/19/2023 18:07:39

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Thank you all for your comments.   Posted: 09/20/2023 07:47:01