Images & Observations

Tree Dormant In Winter; An Exercise In Black & While


Nikon D80 10-24mm @ 10mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/22 Lr3 HDR Efex 1 SEP 1

The tree with its branches bare of leaves during its season of dormancy presides over Waring Park in Piru, California, hard by the usually dry Santa Clara River bed.  I am surmising that the dark clumps of vegetation among the branches are nests for some of the local critters, but we did not see any while on the scene.  Whether avians or small mammals or marsupials, the creatures that made their homes up in the branches did so to stay safe from predators who might be roaming the neighborhood.

We were in the area to photograph an old railroad trestle, and I did capture those brackets before I set my sights on this tree.  I actually think the tree was the better overall image.  After the initial HDR processing and merging of the brackets with Nik HDR Efex Pro I processed the final image with Nik Silver Efex Pro, and did a little dodging with the adjustment brush in Lightroom.  I have pre-ordered a copy of Silver Efex Pro 2 and am waiting to get my hands on that, which appears to be even more robust than Silver Exfex Pro 1.

8 responses

  1. Nice! Wayne you were the first person to ever comment on my blog when I started it a few months ago. I have just now, finally, found your blog. As time allows I am going to be delving back through your entries, I am really liking your HDR work.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    • Thanks, Charles. My HDR imaging is evolving, hopefully for the better.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

  2. Very nice, Wayne.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:42 AM

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  4. Interesting shot – and interesting processing. I usually view HDR with wariness, but this is lovely. I would be tempted to crop the image a bit myself, but overall, nice shot!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by, Mary. I’ve only been practicing HDR since this past September, and now my use of it is starting to mature. It is so easy to over use.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM

  5. oneowner

    I like this shot, Wayne. I am using a trial version of Silver Efex Pro v1 and I like it very much. Let us know how you like v2 when you’ve had a chance to play with it

    February 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

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