Tree for c&c

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  1. SquarePeg

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    I don't usually try B&W but the color version of this was a bit boring. What do you think?

    [​IMG]Feb2016_2289b by SharonCat..., on Flickr


     
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    Yeah, I can see that the monochrome image would be better than the colour ... though I don't think the tree itself is strong enough to carry the shot.
    Possibly wider angle or different viewpoint ...
     
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    Thanks for your feedback. I do have one from a different angle but it's not any wider and it doesn't show the tree bending into the ice. It's not far from home so I may go back there next week and bring my 11-17mm with me this time. Of course the ice may be melted by then and that is what attracted me to the shot in the first place.

    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Keep at it with the tree.
    Most of the really great shots (that I like) took time to figure out the exact time and viewpoint ... I usually frequent a particular place at different times of the day or year to get that great image.
     
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    Good line, good texture, fair balance, overall not bad.
     
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    I liked the shot, but thought the verticals of the trees on the right edge detracted from curves of the subject, so I moved your crop a little to the left, leaving your proportions. I also increased the contrast a little - just two tiny tweeks in iPhoto.
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    @otherprof , I like that much better. Thanks!
     
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    I was thinking that too, that I'd do some adjustments in the contrast.

    There's probably more than one way you could frame or crop this. I might keep the light color tree on the right, and maybe crop the left side slightly. What I might crop would be the bottom to eliminate the branches down there and the darker area that looks like breaks in the ice - to me that creates some pattern and shapes and contrast that makes for some visual clutter and distraction.

    It's a great subject and actually a nice photo I think. Taking more photos of it could be fun, I'd probably like to shoot this on a sunny day, not midday but on a day when you can get some nice dark and light to get a good B&W.
     
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    I agree with otherprof, although I might not crop the bottom to keep the ratio the same - I think it might work better with a little more foreground. The bottom line is that you need to play with it and see what you like best.
     

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