Please let me have your C&C as usual. Thx.
The Root of All Evil:
The Root of All Evil:
Hi Asher,Wonderful challenge. But first, what's the story behind this and shot details! Could it actually be film? Somehow not. In any case I'd like to know its provenance.
Straight off I'm delighted to see this B&W composition. It's a great task one sets oneself as there are no happy horizons nor beautiful clouds to reference and make the picture balanced.
I'm going to write substantially more later, but for now, thanks for sharing this daring picture.
Hi Jim,I think it's terrific. It creeps me out. But hey, at least I came back for a second, third and fourth look. That can't be bad.
Well it looks like the break (sorry pun intended!!) did you good! What a fantastic shot, but I have a thing about tree stumps and roots, I can never pass by without photographing, but I've never managed one as striking as this. Love everything about it, you must be so glad to have your camera back......I just shot this one this afternoon in the woods using my newly repaired 40D, which I was missing for some 10 weeks now. I was out for my first shoot in such a long time
Hi,....Asher has recommended that I go back and do some other compositions showing more sky so I'll work on that too. I'll possibly switch to wider lens such as the 17-40 f4 rather than the 70-200 f2.8 I have used on this one. Otherwise it will be difficult to get nearer to the ground to frame up towards the sky from nearby the roots.
I have gone back today to reshoot the roots wider. I have used the 17-40 f4 L lens on the 40D. The results are quite OK, but I still prefer the original, what do you think?
Hi Nicolas,Bonsoir Cem
I do prefer the later(s).
However I would have tried to avoid the trees in the BG. Maybe the roots only seen from above?
Will remind you as a young boy climbing in the trees ! lol !
Hi Bart,Hi Cem,
I still like the very first version better, more dramatic. Glad you got your camera back!
Perhaps a double conversion will allow to blend in a bit more of the detail in the lighter areas.
I prefer the composition of the original, it is a bit starker, and with the lighter aspen trees, it gives a suggestion that there might have been an elf or fairy just visiting, which you just missed but just that slight suggestion is enough for me...to keep me pondering over the photo and imagine all the other goblets that might have been out there...
there is an opening in the tree that looks like a hideaway I would have more than loved to near this old and great tree-it has such strength and honor
you are so lucky to be inside such a forest-
amazing capture! I like the original best-beautiful work!
I agree with Jan, the original composition is stronger. Maybe if you attacked the subject with an ultra wide angle... ?I have to say that I actually prefer your original version, the composition works better for me with the lighter background and the diagonal formed be the slope, any more?
I have to say that I actually prefer your original version, the composition works better for me with the lighter background and the diagonal formed be the slope, any more?
Was the same lens used in both these shots?
Thanks folks, I fully agree. These roots are really evil, they torture me ;-).I agree with Jan, the original composition is stronger. Maybe if you attacked the subject with an ultra wide angle... ?
Hi CemThese roots are really evil, they torture me ;-)
I know, the problem with an UWA is that you easily get too much background detail (although it's small). It should also not look too much like a typical exaggerated perspective. Viewpoint is crucial, and one cannot always get a good one because the subject sometimes doesn't offer one.@Bart: I also have the UWA ones but as I said above, finding the right one is pure torture.
Or maybe a combination of high and wide. You could use the camera timer and a monopod to get height with little horizon, or even high-ish and angled forward AND shooting straight down. There must be some way to grab the essence of the tree, but it's struggling before it concedes to its master...Hi Cem
sorry, like others I do prefer the 1st serie!
It is always a challenge to reshoot…
My initial suggestion was to try to shoot from above… not necessarly very high, I still think it's an option to try, but I would add Bart's idea to use an UWA lens…