Paul Smith  

Untitled by Paul Smith

May 2021 - Untitled

May 2021 - Paul Smith


About the Image(s)

I just returned from 9 days in the Utah Canyons. On day 2, I arrived in “Arches” right at sunrise to find this lonely twisted tree, begging for some company. I selected my Canon EFS 10 - 22 wide angle so as to include the cactus at bottom and the tree in the distance. Once in photoshop, I performed the usual tweaks, then changed the blend mode to “multiply”. Here we are!
Canon 90D, EFS 10 - 22 lens, ISO 200, f/9, 1/25 s, tripod. When Ed gets everything loaded, I will place the the original nearby.

6 comments posted

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
It need not make a difference, but the title of Jeff's image is also "Lonesome Tree"   Posted: 05/03/2021 15:09:36

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
(Group 96)
Hi Paul, as photographers, we have a strange fascination with lone trees.
I like your light. Try dialing back your processing so you can maintain the quality of light shown in your original.
In landscape photography, separation is very important in defining your subject and keeping your composition simple. Do you have other shots taken where you got down low? Lowering your vantage point will separate the tree from the background and eliminate the unnecessary foreground. Take lots of shots at different angles.   Posted: 05/06/2021 09:28:33
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Good to hear from you, Dan. Thanks for your advice!   Posted: 05/06/2021 10:23:07

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
As has been noted, we photographers are attracted to "lonesome" trees, no matter what we title the image. :-)

I feel Dan hit the issue with the quite clearly. In landscape images obtaining a strong subject (the tree) and then isolating from the background is always a key to success. Yo me, the tree blends in to the landscape and thus loses impact. This could be addressed simply by you getting a bit lower, maybe knee level, and thus bringing the tree up against the sky.

I really feel the wide angle was the best choice of lens for this shot but including the cactus was not. You called this the lonesome tree but the cactus is trying to steal the show since it is so bright. I'd skip the cactus and get lower and closer to the treed and let that ultra wide angle lens do its thing. You could back off the processing just bit as well. Bit anyway you put it together, this tree is a great subject.   Posted: 05/10/2021 13:14:58
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Larry   Posted: 05/10/2021 16:53:56


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