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Winter Trees

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by goldenlight, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    It's a stark, cold landscape where I live at the moment with plenty of snow still laying on the barren fields, devoid of features except for the bare sketetons of the dormant trees. It's a harsh, colourless world of black and white suitable only for monochrome images of minimalist compositions. I took these earlier today; having spotted the potential whilst driving my daughter to school (bus didn't come) I returned later with my camera.

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R    58mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R    70mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200

    E-M5    OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R    150mm    f/8.0    1/100s    ISO 200
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  2. scott0487

    scott0487 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2012
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    I like these a lot, especially the second one, which I think is fantastic. It is simple and beautiful and really evokes a feeling that is hard to pin down (which is what really makes it interesting).

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  3. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Yes, I agree. That middle one is superb.
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  4. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    I like the simplicity, excelent
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  5. dehnhaide

    dehnhaide New to Mu-43

    Jan 24, 2013
    I like the second one. Excellent.
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  6. DanSullivan

    DanSullivan Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dan Sullivan
    Very nice! I too like the second the best; for me it's the nice broken symmetry with the two pairs and the third tree, and also has more interest with the large/small trees vs bushes that echo the same clumping pattern.
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  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Nice series, I like the second one the best from a composition standpoint.
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  8. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks, guys. I must admit the middle one is my favourite, too.
  9. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    Love them!
    Except maybe the third one I guess - asymmetry doesn't work as well in a calm landscape imho...
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  10. albianir

    albianir New to Mu-43

    May 25, 2011
    Good work
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  11. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I actually like the third best, because of the subtle colors and composition, but the second is a close . . . second. I find the telephone pole on the left side distracting on the first image.

    But overall wonderful photos!
  12. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks for that, I always value an honest opinion and sometimes it's hard to make up your mind about you're own pictures, which is where forums like this are particularly valuable. :smile:
  13. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK

    The first two are great, especially number 2. No.1 could be a tight crop just on the trees.

    No.3, the composition doesn't work as well as the other 2, also it has a blue cast that the first two don't.


  14. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thank you. The third seems to be a bit of a Marmite shot, people either like it or hate it, particularly the blue tone. I'm one of the few people who isn't sure whether I like Marmite or not!

    If I decide to make a print from the first shot the telephone pole will most definitely have to go first. :biggrin: However, I've also had many comments about the hut being a distraction too, and I'm not sure I can do much about that.
  15. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks Les, I've had it suggested elsewhere that I should print these pictures as a tryptych; in that case I would certainly have to process the third one without the toning. :smile:
  16. dagaleaa

    dagaleaa Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 4, 2011
    Naples, Fl
    very nice....liked the all, but second was my favorite....
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