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The Tree



I know, I know, I should have cropped out the phone box... I tried it, but the proportions didn't look right any more.

(E-1, 11-22@ 17mm, f3,2, 1/13, ISO 100, processed in Lightroom)

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Re: The Tree

Nice study in shapes and textures, its easy enough to clone that phone box out but I would also crop some off the bottom and add a little more contrast.
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Re: The Tree

A very quick use of the clone tool.



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Re: The Tree

Hi Barry,

just done it myself, too.




Very easy in Lightroom! Didn't take me 5min! It looks better, but shouldn't I just frame more sensibly first instead of trying to clone unwelcome "stuff" out? This is probably a matter of personal preference and philosophy. I am not sure, yet.
I quite liike the square format as it gives more depth (I think).

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Re: The Tree

Is this in New Oxford Street.

Probably wrong but looks like somewhere I walk past most days.
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Re: The Tree

Well spotted! It is New Oxford street!

Went there last weekend as I was aproaching the Jessops store... (OT: Didn't buy anything there though. They were not very Olympus friendly! Need to go to Jacobs opposite next time. Good some good experience with them)

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Re: The Tree

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Well spotted! It is New Oxford street!

Went there last weekend as I was aproaching the Jessops store... (OT: Didn't buy anything there though. They were not very Olympus friendly! Need to go to Jacobs opposite next time. Good some good experience with them)

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I do work down the road from here in High Holborn but the reason I know this building is my Dad(long deceased)used to be the building manager when this was the West Central Sorting Office.He retired in 1978 and I think the building closed in 1981 and has been empty ever since.
What a waste of space,I assume no one will buy it due to price.

Ps If you see a bloke wandering about this area lunch time with an E3,please say hallo.It may be me.

PPS Jacob is a much better shop than Jessops,got my second hand 50-200 there,in the pro section out the back.
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Re: The Tree

Andy, that's crazy! The building empty since 1981! Just think about the money they must be loosing every day! Would like to know how many E-3 that would be... I just uploaded another one of that building and one of a staircase 'round the corner into my personal gallery (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showga...500/ppuser/362)

Anyway, just playing around with this picture a little further. I added a yellow tint to the highlight and a bit of blue to the shadows. I think it give a slight bit more richness to it.



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Re: The Tree

...Still looking for perfection...

How about this crop style? It's always interesting what else you can come up with after you left what you had before for a couple of days!



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Re: The Tree

The "landscape" is far better. Whenever I submit anything like this the Judges nearly always comment that it is a "Judge Bait" image and they get all defensive over commenting on it in case it has won a significant competition elsewhere and they end up looking a fool. So I always tell people that it is my opinion and that it WILL be different to others opinions.

I really like an image that gets me thinking... What was just in the picture? What is about to appear? What am I not seeing? Why was it taken?

This picture has me asking all that and more, which means I like it a lot.

I also like the improvements and even more the process by which the image has evolved. Very interesting thread
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Re: The Tree

Graham, thanks for the nice comments!

I think I also need to thank the input from the other members that helped me to achieve this "preliminary" "final" "product"!
In my experience, in a creative process feedback and discussion are always very fruitful! Sometimes they are the only way to improve the "design" as one is usually stuck with the picture that one just created. The most counterproductive thing is to "fall in love" with your product and NOT question it.
An experienced fresh pair of eyes though will easily identify any issues that there are.
I actually might come back to this one later, as there is always room for further improvement and as I am not doing this commercially I have no deadlines to work to ...

Anyway, thanks again to everybody.
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Re: The Tree

It is interesting to see how many different things can be done to one picture.

The little tree looks quite lost though, so small against that huge building.
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