Rock and Tree

by Arnold Wolfgang

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Gallery: Monochromatic

Tags: tree rock seeking critique

Category: Nature

Exif Information:
Model : NIKON D90
Date Time Original : 2009-10-17 19:32:52
Focal Length : 85/1
Exposure Time : 1/30
F Number : 5.6
Iso Speed Ratings : 1250
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 127
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 300.000000
Y Resolution : 300.000000
Software : Capture NX 2.2.0 M

Published: Monday 2nd of November 2009 08:21:27 PM


Giuseppe Pasquali
Great tones a photo that I like very much, compliments, G.

Wolfgang Arnold
Hi Steven, many thanks for your comment. The subject caught my eye because it looked like the tree was rooting directly in the rocks. I wanted to bring out textures and characteristics of tree bark vs. rock, yet light conditions were not very exciting.
So, I decided to use this as etude on editing tonal values, dodging and burning certain areas - i.e.. I tried to reduce disturbing effects of moss and fallen leaves (your impression that it's too dark suggests that I might have overdone that) while emphasizing textures of tree bark and rock (by sharpening, increasing detail contrast).

Steven Savoie
This is a very interesting photo that caught my attention. After a closer look, it feels a bit to dark. If this was your intention, I would be curious to hear your thoughts. Great lines and texture.

Alon Eshel
A most beautiful image with excellent b&w tones and interesting textures

Jörg Vetter
Mystic surface and structure: unification is going on. BR Joerg

Wolfgang Arnold

Jörg and Alon: many thanks for your favourable and encouraging comments.

Fred: special thanks to you for sharing your thoughts and ideas. Here's a revised version where I tried to improve details of the moss' texture while preserving their tonal "zone".

Wolfgang Arnold
Fred many thanks!

Hamid H.

I am not sure how to say it, but I am ecstatic to have seen this photo, Wolfgang!  It is too beautiful to be seen on a computer screen though.  I would love to stare at it printed on Hahnemühle FineArt paper, or something along those lines.  The Zone Masters Adams and White must have be smiling in their graves when you produced this, especially with Fred's final touch...Kind regards, -h.

Wolfgang Arnold
Rock and Tree A tree rooting directly on a rock.

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