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Alan Brown's picture

Trees for review

Just getting outside on one of the few sunny days we've had recently and experimenting/having fun.

I'd love feedback from the group on how this resonates - love, hate, boring?

All comments appreciated.

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Matthew Lacy's picture

I definitely like the look of this image. It's very similar to something that I've tried in the past, but you've had a level of success that I haven't in this one. I don't know if it would be possible to add some contrast, perhaps by masking to the upper right fourth of the image, but that would help it for me. The other three quarters have a nice black/white contrast, while that one part is more of a dark grey/light grey contrast. Overall a good image Alan.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for the feedback Matthew.

Chris Jablonski's picture

I like the concept, Alan. I got a bit stuck looking at it, thinking "messy".

This is probably because at first I thought it might be one of those photos taken shooting vertically into a tree canopy where the branches radiate inwards from the edges, the canopies from adjacent trees almost touching, but leaving slivers of sky in between. This is highly organised chaos, so to speak. This may have nothing to do with your image, but that was my association, which I can't quite shift! The diagonal branch from top right to centre, and the one at bottom right break the radiating rhythm the most.

The purist in me always quibbles with any multiple exposure (and this feels like a ME image, even if it isn't)! That's not an intellectual analysis, but rather a gut reaction, which I think we agree is ultimately what counts in art. Somehow for me, a photo appeals if it's what someone's eyes (OK, camera) saw, however altered in tone & hue, some kind of window on the world. Not saying this is advisable, just my subjectivity.

Alan Brown's picture

Ah Chris, your initial reaction is correct. this IS one of those "photos taken shooting vertically into a tree canopy...", and not an ME at all.

This is a straight shot taken on a bright cloudless day. TBH I was wondering if anyone would have thought it an inverted image, but really all I did was filter the blues and perhaps raise highlights & contrast.

I agree with your 'organized chaos' comment, but do personally like the way the trees draw the eye through the image.

I always appreciate the time you take both to analyze and present your opinion, so thanks for that. I think the sincerity of your feedback help us all see a view we may have perhaps otherwise overlooked (meaning that as a compliment, not that your view is different to everyone else's....)

William Hunt's picture

Chris’s response above certainly resonated with me. What intrigues me about this image is that my eyes ‘double-take’ with it over the issue of scale. Whilst I know it’s a vertically orientated shot through a tree canopy, it could also be much smaller twiggy/bushy detritus arranged/lying on the ground! As such, the shot works well at ‘engagement’!

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks William, it is great to have another perspective, and glad you found the image 'engaging'.
... and as a bonus you taught me a new word.......

Vijay Mewada's picture

Something is happening at the shadow lines. A few branch elements be added/composed differently to continue with that story.
For me, something started but not completed.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for your response Vijay, though I'm not entirely following.

Do you feel the 'shadow lines' are the actual shadows on the trees. If so, then blueish tone of these could have theoretically been impacted by the filter applied to the sky, but I'm not seeing that.

Sorry, I'm not clear what you mean with the branches either.

Let me know your thoughts so I can take another look.

Vijay Mewada's picture

Alan, while writing i was seeing it as BW and was perceiving it in grey tones.

Subconsciously, my comments were in respect to compositional aspects primarily.

Was feeling Dark grey / black element from centre to top right is getting interesting. little thicker branches were adding to that interest. But for me, even as abstract form, it was not getting definitive (focal point?) to hold my vision. My perception was trying to find "something" (even if abstract) but after some effort the vision was leaving the frame...

you know these things are individualistic and more so in abstract.