03.12.2020 The dark of the sun

After shooting the geese the other day, which needed haste before they flew, I worked on this composition which was why I stopped at the pond in the first place.  These trees have attracted me a few times but Monday was the first time in a long time that the water was so calm.  There is almost always a breeze creating ripples, partially from the non-stop traffic along this country highway, but for a change mirror-like.

Although the sun was just above the tree line behind me and casting a beautiful warm glow, I decided that the trees would be better emphasized in monochrome with some SilverEfex Pro dynamics. This was also with the Tamron combination and more what I purchased it for initially.  Ducks are a bonus.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 03.12.2020 The dark of the sun

  1. Very Nice Steve! Beautiful BW image!!

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  2. Striking. Stark contrast is perfect. Reminds me of sparks from a static generator.

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  3. What great scraggly trees and their reflections; black and white here certainly added to the effect. I’ve never used SilverEfex Pro; what effects did you apply?

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    • In SEP I applied a blue filter. It’s funny because I have often heard people say the blue filter is of no use but I’ve often found that it provides an interesting contrast. Same thing when I use channels to select part of an image. From there I adjusted contrast. There are also specific film effects but I prefer to do that by hand. DXO now owns the software and is selling a recent version. There is a free trial. However, they still offer the 2012 version, which is what I am using, for free. You can get it
      here if you wish or try the free trial of the recent update.
      I’ve been looking at those trees for a while. Right place right time for a change.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    This is a great composition, Steve, I love the balance and contrast.

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  5. krikitarts says:

    It’s not often (for my eye) that a perfectly-centered mirror line really works–but this is definitely one of those times. This is a classic, perfect in monochrome, and it’s exquisite!

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    • Thanks, Gary. Centered was my intention and all my compositions were made with that aim. If the water is mirror like I will often try for a centered shot, but if not then it depends on the subject. I appreciate your words for the image. It, I think, will be added to my favorites.


  6. Lovely composition and theme, Steve. The b&w works really well with this.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    What a lovely image! And ducks are always a bonus… 🙂

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  8. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the way the two smaller trees on the left are canted away from each other, with the taller and larger tree on the right standing upright. There’s just enough variation to make the scene interesting as well as visually appealing, and imagining the two small trees cavorting while the big one looks on makes me laugh.

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  9. Gorgeous composition and B&W toning!

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    Really nice, Steve. Like an old etching.

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  11. Dave Ply says:

    Isn’t it wonderful when the water is still? Nice contrast and textures.
    I have Silver Efex Pro in the toolkit but I always forget about it. My loss.

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