Tall Trees Big Sky



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Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Tall Trees Big Sky

  1. oneowner says:

    I haven’t seen the original but I’m guessing the black and white is the best conversion on this. It tends to bring out the drama in the sky.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. The colour original was OK, but the sky – which was what attracted me to this image – just didn’t have the contrast I wanted. Good ol’ B&W obliges. This was processed with an Infra-Ref preset in Topaz B&W effects.

  2. Gorgeous AndyI love the tones.

  3. Love the contrast in this B&W conversion, Andy. Nicely done!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Jimi – infra-red preset from Topaz gave me the contrast in this one.

      • I’ll have to try that preset out. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever used that particular one. Thanks for the tip.

        • LensScaper says:

          It’s well worth a try, Jimi. In Topaz there are four infra-red presets – varying degrees of strength. You will get wonderfully dramatic skies, and lightening of foliage. Not the same as true infra-red, but very often worth trying out. As with all software, one click to ‘do’ and one to ‘undo’.

  4. I agree with the others who have commented on the tones in this one. I also like the juxtaposition of the vertical lines of the trees and the horizontal lines of the clouds.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for commenting Melinda. Ideally I would have liked an un-interrupted line of Poplar trees (the foreground tree on the left rather spoils it) but the sky was moving – as it does! – and I would have to have moved some distance to get a clean line of poplars by which time the sky would not have been so well placed.

  5. Lisa Gordon says:

    What an amazing sky you have captured here, and it is so perfect in black and white.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Lisa. An infra-red preset produced this sky for me. It really wasn’t dramatic enough in colour, but the preset really created the drama of dark sky and fluffy white clouds.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I see what you mean about the trees, but, to be quite frank, I didn’t notice the foreground tree until you mentioned it. It was “there,” but didn’t distract at all from the impact of the image. That sky is so dynamic.

  7. This is wonderful Andy. Beautiful big skies (I love big skies) and those trees remind me of bottom teeth. Superb 🙂

  8. Len says:

    Love the tonal contrast here Andy

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