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Snow Ash

Snow Ash
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-02-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-14 14:22
Viewed: 4369
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its those tree,s again, they have stared in several different images since I started posting
1)End of the Shortest Day
2)Black Tree's
I though I had more more posted than this, must be because they have also featured in various prints for photo club comps. This one was done with this thursdays in mind in the B&W section.
You probably wonder why so many of my images have ash tree's in them?, the answer is that after dutch elm disease killed off all the large elms that used to dominate the skyline and hedgerows in nottinghamshire, the humble ASH TREE (Fraxinus excelsior) has taken over as the major large tree in our area. so when taking a photo of a tree in a hedgerow round here it is more than likely to be an ash.
Why have I taken so many images of these trees well apart from looking good the are out side the gate of where I spend 10 -12hrs a day working so I get to see them in alsorts of light. This particular day was complete overcast and dull and wet, it had snowed briefly over night covering every thing, but by the time I got to take this one it had started to rain and the beautiful snow was vanishing already.
Taken hand held standing in the middle of the road with both ears wide open for the idiots speeding up what they think is a quiet country lane, but the corner behind me claims more victims than any other bit of road I know. I have tried using a tripod here but it slows you down when trying to avoid these idiots.
open image
clone out a few twigs sticking into the image on both sides.
Convert to B&W with a preset action in PS8 (CS) which leaves you with the channels adjuster to make a few final adjustments of the RGB colours to fine tune the contrasts.
Sharpen with usm
crop to size 800px X 647px @ 72dpi
use Save As to preserve the Exif Data and adjust the file size below the 200k TH limit
post to site and hope you like ;0))
PS Jacobs Phoned today My Nikon D200 arrived today I collect tommorow YIPEEEEEEEEE :)))))))))))))))))))))

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To Nikola: I speak too much ?Robbrown 1 03-15 17:57
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Hi Robert!
Excellent and beautiful landscapes. POV, DOF, colors(gray tone), composition and framing are wonderful. TFS. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-14 14:51]

Hello Robert,
I like trees in the winter, their stuctures are so complex and interesting to see. You captured the trees from a very nice perspective, it adds to its height and create a nice depth. A very good composition.

Fantastic image, I love the foggy conditions for photographs. I posted a similar one of palm trees recently. Well done!


Hi Robert,
I like this image. Very graphic with a lovely POV. The composition is very nice leading the eye hrough the frame. You placed a good amount of space around the trees keeping the eye from moving out of the frame.
Enjoy your D200...I'm certainly loving mine.

Hi Robert,
I love the composition of this shot. The curving road lined with the trees takes your eyes right to the lower right corner. A classic perspective shot. The conversion to B&W works well for this barren winter scene. It still looks grayscale in the flat light. Can't wait for those D200 shots...I am sure you will be posting often with new camera and spring right around the corner.

This photo has nice contrasts in value as well as a very effective composition. TFS your ash trees. They are lovely though I know you must miss your stately elms.

Hello Robert,
Your POV works very well here!
Dynamic composition with very fine lines, excellent tonal range in the B&W... Besides, trees will alway be among my favourite subjects!
Pablo -

"I do wish that it had significant notes about the subject posted. It is part of TN to teach others about the subject you have posted, even if its just a description of how you took the photo,and prepared it for viewing here,and where you found it, especially if you want a name for a plant or animal it helps to know some thing about its enviroment and size. Look round at some of the higher scoring people and images to see what is considered a good note.
Hope this is of use for future posts."

I think that you speak too much. For a good impression there is enough a nice pic.



I really like trees and you have done a great job on these ones. What is the corner like now things are starting to go green?

Great POV to take the picture from.


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