10.07.2020 Dead Tree on Mount Pollux

Although Mount Pollux itself wasn’t very foggy, there was some in the lower valley field as you can see, the Holyoke Mountain Range was enveloped. I made several exposures of some trees and the fogged in range but then wandered up the hill and saw this tree with the fog and foliage in the background.

While processing in Photoshop, I tried a monochrome layer, something I do occasionally to see how that affects the color when choosing the Luminosity blending mode, and liked the look of black and white as well so kept it in Normal mode.

I imagine for most the color version will be the preferred choice, but the B&W has merit too.

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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21 Responses to 10.07.2020 Dead Tree on Mount Pollux

  1. krikitarts says:

    I always find it interesting to see alternative visualizations side-by-side, and often there’s a challenge (or at least a request) for an opinion of which the viewer likes better. I prefer to take each on its own merit, and I am drawn into both of them. The pastel palette of the color version with the misty background is dreamy and delicious, and I also find the relative simplicity of the monochrome rendering drawing me in and holding me there. Was the tree really dead, and does the live foliage that I can see belong to a vine that has climbed its remaining skeleton?

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    • I appreciate that you find interest in both as individual images. Capturing the color in the fog and processing it was a bit challenging to not overdo.

      Yes, that tree and several others on Mount Pollux are indeed dead. Not just mostly dead, but all dead. And also yes, those are vines, actually oriental bittersweet, that are crawling all over the dead trees on the hill. That invasive plant will be featured in a soon to be published post. And not to ignore natives, the trees are also being climbed by poison ivy.

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  2. Todd Henson says:

    In this instance I actually prefer the B&W version. Not sure I could say exactly why, perhaps because it’s a bit simpler and maybe more moody, I can focus in just on the shapes and shades. It is always interesting seeing and comparing both versions.

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    • It’s hard for me to choose one over the other. I definitely like the color version for that quality as well as the softness the fog creates with the muted yet noticeable foliage hues. The monochrome has a completely different feel. Maybe it’s the emphasis on the shapes of just some mystery. I don’t often treat an image in both ways. I figure it should be one or the other but every once in a while I see the potential for both.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s odd; the colored version seems moodier to me than the black and white, which feels somewhat flat and lifeless itself. That’s preference raising its head again, of course. In both versions, I’m drawn to the vine or whatever that seems to be climbing the tree.

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    • There is definitely mood in the color version which is why I stopped and composed it in the first place. The flatness of the monochrome is intentional because I thought too much contrast would kill the fog’s effect overall. In truth, neither is exactly how it looked but both are how it felt.
      That vine is oriental bittersweet, a nasty invasive. I mentioned to Gary above that it will show up soon as a more dominating feature of an image…as soon as I can choose a composition from all that I did.

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  4. I like the subtle blue tonality of the fog.

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  5. In the color version, my eye goes straight to the foreground grasses and gets stuck there. For that reason, the B&W is my favorite (or maybe I just like Ansel Adams better than Eliot Porter).

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    • I can see that as it does “anchor” things. I considered desaturating the foreground some but decided against it. You can’t go wrong with either of those fellas. Both are strong influences.


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Agreed, both have merit, but my love autumn tilts it towards the color version with its many subtle shades pointing toward the magic of this season.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    I like both versions but prefer the way the mist desaturates the autumn colours – it gives a feeling of depth to the image and strengthens that mysterious misty feel.

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  8. Nice Mike! It is fun to photograph in the fog!

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Both are beautiful – there is so much grace in this composition. You let the tree speak. 🙂

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  10. Ms. Liz says:

    You’ll probably be surprised at my preference for the b&w! I find the fog a little too eye-catching in the colour shot, competing with the tree for attention. In the b&w shot the tree is the undisputed centre-of-attention and it feels like the other elements are comfortable with their supporting role. Said purely out of personal interest – I enjoy comparing two versions!

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