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Tree - Clouds

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 1 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Photographed last weekend at Bodnant Gardens, North Wales.

The photo was converted to B&W in Photoshop CS3 then given an even tone of sky blue.


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NIKON D40 1/2500 second F/2.8 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

wonderfully elegant -- with a magical touch of the surreal!!

1 May 2009 5:08am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks DJ!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A striking complement to your last post with the same elegance of line. They would make a wonderful pair on the wall.

1 May 2009 5:38am

@GJC: Thanks GJC....I'm pleased that you saw the similarity between them despite the subject being so different.

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice sweeping line to this. It has a IR meets northern lights feel about it. I went though a phase of converting a shot to moody black and white, then multiplying the top layer over the original colour shot which gives a similar mood to this.

1 May 2009 7:19am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

magnifique cadrage ................................................ plein de poésie !

1 May 2009 7:54am

Richard Hollins from London, United Kingdom

A fabulous shot Ian. Very nicely composed with a really unusual background. The blue toning works very well too.

1 May 2009 8:22am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I really like that the cloud seems to me more like a smoke trail than a cloud! Great photo with very nice perspective!

1 May 2009 8:38am

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

The directional flow of those lovely filaments of cloud compliments the vertical profile of the pine so well. The tree is reaching towards the sky and the sky embraces the tree. A truly exceptional sky shot!

1 May 2009 9:17am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A very elegant composition nicely done!

1 May 2009 9:54am

Uday from Fishers, United States

Very nice. Thanks for letting us know what processing you have done on this picture.

1 May 2009 10:53am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


1 May 2009 1:28pm

Jonathan from United States

So simple, yet such a powerful image.

1 May 2009 2:19pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So well seen, brilliantly composed and beautifully post-processed!!! Great inspiring work Ian!

1 May 2009 3:25pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A waterfall of sky. best...jerry

1 May 2009 7:27pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Beautiful. And giving a hint of nature's magnificence.

1 May 2009 8:07pm

Paolo from Udine, Italy

I like it!

1 May 2009 8:41pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Very nice capture!

2 May 2009 8:34am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

very creative and imaginative composition! interesting processing as well - reversing a b&w shot into colour - nicely done!

2 May 2009 12:33pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I'm really not sure how you've managed to achieve this result but it's a wonderful photo.

3 May 2009 8:21am

@Mike: Mike, I converted it to B&W in my normal way in Photoshop CS3 which also involves adding contrast with the 'Curves' tool etc. The last step was blending the B&W version with an even tone of blue. There's no crop or cloning compared to the original image - just the straightforward B&W conversion and the added tone.

tom from Fran kfurt, Germany

Really superb shot. The cloud formation is exceptionel

4 May 2009 7:08pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


6 May 2009 8:03am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

wonderful shot...reaching for the stars, no doubt :)

7 May 2009 3:41am

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Wow, love how you cropped it. Great image.

12 May 2009 4:08am

1/2500 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)