Blue Oak

Blue Oak

My experimenting with the Tamron 11-18mm ultra-wide continues. I found this giant burr oak along the Minnesota River Valley while chasing woodpeckers. It’s a lot of fun switching from 300mm to 11mm lenses. A shift in perspective is an understatement.

The shape of this tree and the stark texture of the bark inspired me to change the colors. The power of the blue sky was being diminished by the bland brown of the tree, so I made the tree monochrome. This kept the texture but lost the bland brown (which played such a critical roll in yesterday’s image). Yes, I pumped up the blue, but not much. It’s fun to play with an image in post, but you should have a reason or logic behind your decisions. Before you start messing with it, ask yourself: what are the strengths and weaknesses of the original image? How can I play them up or down?

Are you using Lightroom? If so, let me know, I’m really enjoying it and still discovering the power of the fantastic program.

5 replies
  1. Rob
    Rob says:

    Not only am I a photography novice, I am also a blog and Photoshop novice as well. I am still learning my PS Elements 5.0. No, I do not have Lightroom, I’ll wait until I purchase a DSLR camera first.

    While I have no idea how you made the tree monochrome, I have a few trick up my sleeve to bring out the blue.

  2. Gwen
    Gwen says:

    I was using a Canon Rebel XT but have switched to a Canon elph point and shoot, I guess I’ve digressed. :)I reason it as they are both 8 mp, and the smaller camera is more convenient for me. I appreciate your professional photography and technical expertise explaining how you are achieving your photographic effects. The photographs are amazing.

  3. HoodPhotography
    HoodPhotography says:

    Gorgeous! That blue is shocking!

    Yes, I used an external flash for the leaf pic, but that was it. It was night out, so focusing on the leaf kept the black background intact. Thanks for the questions!


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