Today’s image was taken on the same walk as Tall Trees Big Sky, and Solo Walker. I can honestly say that the images I shot that day were more instinctive than deliberate and it was only back home that the possibilities became obvious. And in each case I elected to produce a B&W conversion, and in each case to go for drama.
Today’s image, however, is the one that caused me the biggest problem. Let’s start with the unedited RAW original.
It was the figure that caught my attention and I liked the way the tall poplars dwarfed that figure. The light was flat and uninspiring – the image was shot with nothing really expected of it. It was the success of Solo Walker that prompted me to consider a similar treatment for this shot. And here is the initial derived image.
The white gash of bare sky straight down the centre is over-powering. I’ve wondered since if I could have found a POV that would have avoided that, but by stepping leftwards sufficiently far to avoid that ‘gap’ I would have lost the curve and spacing of the left-sided trees. And, incidentally I removed the post that was just left of the figure.
So, if the image was to be worth anything, the gap had to be removed.
It was too big to completely fill, so I made my first crop and cloned out the remainder of the gap. Not totally successfully in my opinion. This first crop was smallish: it helped preserve the sense of height, but somehow the image now felt a little suffocating.
So, I went back and re-cropped the original conversion more radically and then cloned out most of the remaining sky, but not all. I left some so as to allow some limited light into the centre of the image, and I also lightened the image slightly. That somehow felt better but the letter-box shape meant that I lost that feeling of height.
All three B&W images can be seen enlarged and with better quality if you click on them.