"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams


For those of you following my facebook page www.facebook.com/dylanfoxphotography you may have seen some images i took from my phone the other day while photographing the amazing root system of a tree. This image has been particularly difficult. I went to the location twice and have spent days trying to get the image right. I got home last night and stayed up till 230am trying to figure it out.

This version here is a fourth attempt and is the simplest form so far with only levels adjustments, curves, and a hue and saturation. The image however still looks unreal to me even though thats something i aim to achieve, but this time its in a weird way…. I did make sure to shoot on rainy day for the overcast conditions and the vibrant colours the rain produces and i also used a circular polariser. So it is naturally a very vibrant image and the changes made to it effectively increased brightness and contrast as i deliberately underexposed. The levels layer were also set to luminosity to prevent the image from going out of control :P.

I love this location and have effectively achieved what i set out for in this image, but I think I need to see it printed before ill be convinced.

To give everyone an idea of the size of these roots i stood in to give some scale in the first image.


5 responses

  1. Looks good mate!

    November 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

  2. Nice bud, for some reason I like bits of the first image better, how you can see the start of the tree and the roots seem larger… Maybe need to see it larger.

    November 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    • The images were taken from the same spot Will the second obviously just being the stitched version.
      The roots do seem larger but I found that was because of me being in their for scale. That was the trickiest part. Showing just how big these roots are!

      November 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

  3. Ah that explains it heh just an illusion from viewing smaller 🙂

    November 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

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