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Cliche Tree

30 05 2012

A backlit shot of a tree is almost as cliche as a picture of railroad tracks leading off into the distance, that was actually my first post now that I think about it. 🙂 While cliche it still has a unique beauty. A lot of things come together well to give it the impact it has, let’s take a look.

One of the most striking things about this picture for me is the gradient in the sky. The sun behind the tree blows out the color immediately around the tree so it slowly washes back to a rich blue at the top. This is a fairly straightforward example of back-lighting but it’s a great photographic tool with a whole spread of applications.

Coming in tighter on the tree and allowing some sun to slip through really changes the mood of this photograph. You can tell the image if being distorted a little bit as I get closer to the tree. Using a longer lens from a greater distance will solve this, there’s also a number of options in Photoshop. The concrete enclosure in the foreground jumps out a lot more in this picture than the last one. I also tend to notice the trees in the background a lot more. 

For the final shot of this set I got lower and focused on some interesting old odds and ends on the brick wall. Everything here looked like it had sat in the weather for years. I think the dark detail in the foreground gives a nice contrast to the overexposed sky in the background.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’ve got a lot of pictures to go through so hopefully you’ll be seeing a load of content popping up all week. I hope everyone in the states had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to follow the blog and you’re more than welcome to click buttons down below to share with your friends. I love responding to your comments so please don’t forget to tell me what you thought of today’s post! Have a great day everyone and God Bless! -Arley

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22 responses

30 05 2012
Judy @Considering the Options

It may be cliche, but I still enjoy it:)! Nice job and thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to more pics!

30 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Judy, Hopefully I’ll be posting sometime tomorrow

30 05 2012
melodylowes

I especially like the last shot – it’s funny how you can take a ‘cliche’ situation and turn it into something that has a mood, a feel, and its own dynamic. I’ve always been a ‘point and shoot’ gal – with little success, until my daughter started coming up with creative shots that blew me away. Now that I am writing I know what I am looking for in an image and it helps me to go out with new eyes to try to capture something worth writing about. I think it is so cool that I can learn from photographers from around the world who also are looking for that ‘perfect angle’. 🙂

30 05 2012
96arley

Writing definitely makes you think about your photos differently. I find now that every time I have the camera in my hands I’m thinking about how will I make this interesting when I blog it 🙂

30 05 2012
melodylowes

And that’s not a bad thing, isn’t it? It just adds a new focus and forces the creative juices to run deeper and truer! Good luck finding ‘the next one’!

30 05 2012
Jeremy

I did a similar chiche shot (moon through tree) and was reminded that there is a reason they are considered cliche: because they can be great subjects to shoot! Great photos; I like the second best. Though the third’s angle makes it very interesting!

30 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I agree with the cliche for a reason sentiment

30 05 2012
modernzenphotos

Nice informative post. I like your writing style. You do have a typo towards the top of the post: “one of the thinks I like about this picture” should be one the things…I like it when people point out my typo errors to me. Thanks again.

30 05 2012
96arley

Thanks! I have terrible typing skills so I appreciate the extra pair of eyes!

30 05 2012
Rob

If you really wanted to up the cliché in the second shot you could have closed up the aperture a bit to give you a lovely star effect.

30 05 2012
96arley

I did something like that in one of the shots but I didn’t really like it after I saw it

30 05 2012
bulldogsturf

Thanks for this interesting post this is the type of info I enjoy as I learn photography. Your explanations clear concise and to the point, something that the books lack on occasions.. Thank you.

30 05 2012
96arley

I should write a book! 🙂

30 05 2012
bulldogsturf

I agree

30 05 2012
Andra Watkins

I wish I could capture the sunlight that way. Once in a blue moon, it works for me. 🙂 Great instructions.

1 06 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m planning on a full capturing sun rays post but for the time being just run your aperture setting up high, 16ish and shoot at the sun through a tree or bike wheel or something

30 05 2012
Ellis PIctures

Great piece, many subjects can be cliche, its nice to see how other photographers can
shoot the same subject but add their personal touch to it by ‘how’ they take the shot.

31 05 2012
96arley

I agree, thanks for commenting

31 05 2012
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31 05 2012
RC

I love the drama created by the angle in the last photo 🙂

1 06 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it and glad you told me!

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