Another Single Tree Photo.

Discussion in 'Critique of Photos' started by Brian, Feb 12, 2020 at 9:28 PM.

  1. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

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    You guys are probably getting sick of me down here in this forum, but I'm really trying to expand my photography. Trying something different than shooting deer and eagles.

    I really liked how this came out. I guess my big question is, does the tire tracks totally kill this? It seems to me like they lead up to the tree and sun. Which I was hoping would be the main attraction and bring your eyes to the main portion of the picture. The weeds kind of bug me as well....

    Or does it just stink in general? It's ok, I can take it.;)

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    Neat looking skies and I do like the tree along with the basic composition. The weeds are quite welcome in the scene for my eyes. Not much of a fan of the tire tracks however. Not certain they could be easily cloned away either so that isn't an option.
     
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    Thanks Alan, I'm sure it could be done. But that would probably take more time than I care to put into. I really appreciate your thoughts.
     
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    Here is an approach. I'd bring more focus to the tree and the sky and crop out some of the bottom portion. And then clone the remaining tire tracks. Here is a quick 2 min attempt.

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    Jameel's got a great idea!
     
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    Thanks Jameel. I like that. My editing skills are certainly not what they should be.
     
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    One of the important things to learn and I see people who have been photographing for 30+ years make the same compositional mistake. And that's having the tire tracks (or road) run along one edge completely. Essentially what the tire tracks (or road) does is cut the one photo into 2 parts since the tire tracks don't lead into the visual focus (the tree), they run next to it and don't lead the eye into anything and just cut off part of the photo, in this case the right side is cut off and becomes it's own photo.

    So... the solution if you wanted to keep the tire tracks would have been for you to move to the right side, to get the tracks then to come into the frame in the lower left corner. Then the tracks lead up and across the frame disappearing under the tree.
     
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    I like Jameel's quick hack.
     
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    How about this. I liked Jameel's as well. Thanks everyone.

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    This works as well Brian.
     
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    I do like your last one, not so much the first one. Cropping is your most powerful compositional tool. This is a perfect example. Besides losing the nasty tracks and the little tracks or fence to the left, the shadow, which was bothering me earlier, became a positive element. And the tree becomes larger. All good.
     
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    The last one works best for me and I quite like it.
     
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