ISO100, 42mm, f/8, 1/160 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Standing Dead Tree, Single Bird, Monochrome

ISO100, 42mm, f/8, 1/160 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Standing Dead Tree, Single Bird, Monochrome

I got lost a few days ago and ended up on a dead end road that overlooks a hilly pasture.  Glancing up the hill were a few ancient oak trees, the remains of a stone wall, and this dead, yet still standing, oak tree.  I made a note to come back for a bit of photography exploration.

As this location is towards the back of a large planned residential development and is adjacent to ranch land, the dead oak tree may not been seen as a safety hazard that would lead to it being cut down – at least not in the immediate future.

I spent about an hour here.  Shooting different compositions of this tree, watching a bird puff himself up while singing away (probably to impress a female) , watching the cows watching me, wondering what or how some of these old rock walls slowly fall apart.  Even though the location was only 5-10 minutes away, it is a great to be able to take a walk, enjoy nature, and feel like I am far from usual hustle and bustle.

Processing Notes: Of course the conversion to monochrome is through Nik Silver EFex Pro 2 with initial and final adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, but the photograph you see here is the third attempt at processing this image.  I actually exported the first two photographs up to the blog and then decided to reprocess the image each time, with this being the third version.  And like I have said before, I always seem to find something to improve.  It is no different here.  For some reason there is a halo effect around the tree even though I do not remember adjusting the contrast slider.  Maybe the halo is natural, but I see it now and it bothers me.  A likely fourth processing effort if I intend to enter this photograph into any competitions.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 42mm, f/8, 1/160 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Standing Dead Tree, Single Bird, Monochrome.  El Dorado Hills, CA. January 28, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “El Dorado Hills (CA), Standing Dead Tree, Single Bird, Monochrome

  1. It conveys a pleasant feeling of peace and tranquillity.
    I like the interplay between the diagonal line of the foreground and the verticality of the three.
    Instead of using filters, I prefer to learn techniques that help me to get the “mood” I am looking for.

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    1. The place certainly does Marcelo conveys those feelings. It was quiet enough to hear the occasional cow mooing in the distance.

      There are times when I approach an image in post processing with one idea or mood and come out with a photograph vastly different. This usually occurs when going from color to monochrome or even I start with the idea of a monochrome, the idea changes while in that space.

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