Trees and Shadows II

by Arnold Wolfgang

trees and shadows ii shadow car road seeking critique arnold wolfgang

Gallery: Landscapes - monochromatic

Tags: shadow car road trees shadows seeking critique

Category: Landscape

Exif Information:
Model : NIKON D50
Date Time Original : 2008-02-16 16:17:36
Focal Length : 200/1
Exposure Time : 1/1250
F Number : 5.6
Iso Speed Ratings : 200
Metering Mode : 3
Focal Length In35mm Film : 300
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License
Software : Aperture 3.1.3

Published: Saturday 8th of October 2011 10:17:59 AM


Herman Roes

Beautiful B&W with a very strong composition. Like the shadow play very much. Congrats and best regards



Frank Sines

Love the tones, shadows and trees. Would be 7 w/o the car. Nice one. FS

Ruud Albers

A very nicely composed shot with beautiful lighting, Wolfgang!

With best regards,



Wolfgang Arnold
Ravi, Svetlana, niki, Frank, Herman, Anonymous, Pierre, Ruud,

big thanks for all your encouraging comments - so, it was worth re-editing it.

About the car: it's in fact on purpose at that position. It's direction down the road is in opposition of the (western) left-to-right viewing habit leading up the hill in this case. So, maybe, mirrored image feels more harmonic (though I don't like it's downward direction).

cheers, Wolfgang

Pierre Dumas
Most original and impressive photo!

Best regards Wolfgang!


Svetlana Korolyova

Interesting composition!

niki barbati

very good composition

Wanghan Li

Very good composition.  Sharp and clear.  Best Regards,

ravi s
a very good composition intresting patterns of nature

Daniel Gorinstein

A classic subject but very nicely executed. Great perspective, curving highway and sepia tonality, all make it a very appealing classical photograph.

Wolfgang Arnold

when mirroring the image, I didn't bother moving the car to the other side of the road :-) - I'm living in Germany and photo was taken in Sauerland. Even there people tend to drive on the right hand side of the road ;-).

cheers, Wolfgang

Sheetal Kumar

Nice composition. keep up the good work. Congratulations.



Radu Carp

I like how you composed this and final result,nice one,best regards.


Tommy Mostrup

I don't know the old version. But this one is great.


Herman Roes

Where do you live, and what is that car doing on the wrong side of the road in your mirrored image.(unless you live in England) One can see that the images is manipulated. Still I think that the first image even with the car is a very good photo. The car is not disturbing. It is natural to see a car when there is a road

My 5 cents, kind regards,



Alf Bailey
Hi Wolfgang

I looked in your portfolio for the original version and on finding it I must concur that the new version is much improved. The crop in particular that now emphasises the shadows of the trees, and the improved definition of the tilled soil also adds to the aesthetics. The presence of the car for me brings life to the scene and the atmosphere of a rural journey. I like it.

Sincere Compliments!


Gail Harmer

Either way I think this is an excellent compositon. Love your POV, the tonal range and the perspective. The interesting patterns in the landscape  fadd an intensity to the image. Beautiful work,

I've not done much 'mono/b/w' but learn much from observing others work. I like this capture very much. Excellent editing skills, and from a beginners standpoint, I've learned a great deal.

My warmest regards, Gail


Wolfgang Arnold
Jeff, Fred,

many thanks for your comments. It's really interesting to read different opinions - especially concerning the car.

cheers, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Arnold
Tommy, Alf, Rudu, Daniel, Gail, big Tanks for all your encouraging comments! cheers, Wolfgang

Leo Burkey
Wolfgang This is a very strong and eye catching composition and your processing is spot on. I'm not a fan of the car as it draes attention away from a excellent photograph.

Fred G

Very nice work. It has a very natural flow to it and the diagonal orientation gives ti dynamics yet it is still quite restful. The textures work well against each other. The road is very well handled, it's smooth and harmonious. I probably like the mirrored image you posted below a little better and I think I'd prefer it without the car. I looked at your other version and much prefer this, both composition and toning. I think you probably have another few interesting photos here. If you cropped the other one just below the trunk of the lowest tree, it's kind of nice photo of the two foreground trees (the ones that got cropped out of this one) and just the shadows of some of the others. But this one is a very nice composition and I can see what attracted you to it.

JeffS L

The "S" is great.  Mirrored, it seems even better.  But I'm not sure why.  Maybe it's because we tend to read left to right.  The car seems an interesting inclusion, giving the eye a starting point.

Wolfgang Arnold
New version... many commentators suggested a different crop of "Trees and Shadows" - here it is - not just cropped but post processed anew.

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