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Tree of Arches by Paul Smith

September 2021 - Tree of Arches

About the Image(s)

Earlier, I had submitted tree images from my trip to the Utah Canyons. Those shots were in color. When I revisited this “Arches” folder I decided to give this image a try in B/W. It grabbed and held my attention. For me, this image is a lesson in Light/Shadow, Contrast,, and Clouds. The color version is not nearly as dramatic! I have been spending time reviewing older images, trying different looks, different filters and textures. It’s fun! I welcome your thoughts.
Canon 90 D, ISO 200, Canon EFS 17-85, f/9, handheld

5 comments posted

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I like the black and white it makes the tree seem gnarly. I also think the bw tones down the background allowing the tree to pop.   Posted: 09/08/2021 18:24:49
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Me too …thanks for your "astute " comments
Really, it is fun re-visiting old images where I had lost confidence in there value. And then finding a way to bring them out!   Posted: 09/08/2021 20:04:28

Kelly Easler
Hello, Paul! Fantastic! The tree almost seems surreal, like a monster, with its interesting root structure and against against the moody sky. I sense a lot of movement and drama. And the way you've shot the scene, it almost reminded me of the look I get from my Nikon 14-24mm (the "fisheye" lens). You've really motivated me to go back to older photographs and look for ones that would look great in B&W. I forget what's key to look for--good contrast, significant highlights and shadows?   Posted: 09/13/2021 01:59:17
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Kelly   Posted: 09/13/2021 08:48:39
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
...I look for texture and contrast opportunities!   Posted: 09/13/2021 08:51:47


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