Tree in the Golden Light

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Tree in the Golden Light. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Things have remained hectic lately, which means I haven’t had time to look at my remaining photos from this year’s visit to the Lake District. So this week I’m sharing another photo from that outing at Castlerigg. Still with the same long telephoto, this shows a lovely tree in the shadow, with the hills melting in the evening light behind.

Technically it was a rather challenging photo, because of the (to be expected) considerable dynamic range. In post I had to be careful to avoid brightening the tree and foreground too much or the sense of shadow would be lost. It’s just incredible how much detail modern cameras can capture (even though mine is, to be honest, to be considered old already).

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7 thoughts on “Tree in the Golden Light

  1. Unfortunately, the medium we use to present the finished image has such limited capabilities. I find it really difficult to avoid flat spots when I’m trying to compensate for the considerable dynamic range recorded.

    1. Indeed it is. And I find print to be even harder to get right. Experimenting with different software and techniques helps sometimes.

      1. It is. And there’s also the old conundrum of what to do with all those prints…

      2. Some of my aquaintences have taken to creating books – clearly the quality isn’t as good, but at least other people can see them. As to the the tens of 1000s of images on hard drives…. In part they act as diaries of our lives but when we are dead and gone nobody is going to give a tinker’s about them.

      3. Now there’s a thought there; at least one of my friends does the same with any vacation photos. Personally I’ve been toying with the idea of portfolio folders; even at 8×10 or 8×12 photos look really good, and it’s a manageable size. Still need to get around to it though 😦

        I often find myself thinking about how ephemeral our data has become. It bothers me how everything now is so immediate, there is no time to think and process (which with my academic background is a necessity), and things get forgotten so quickly. Such an irony that in an age when we’re creating data at rates never seen before, most of it just ends up lost and forgotten. Or perhaps that’s just the reason why.

      4. One thing I’ve been doing over the last few months is creating a screensaver cache. Every image I take (worthy of some sort of processing) I put a copy in file that is called up by a PC we have in the kitchen (it’s primarily used for watching on-line tv or playing music from our stock of CDs – while we’re cooking or ironing. The screensaver randomly displays an image from the cache for a minute before switching to the next image. I have all sorts in cache – holiday pics, nature, landscape, etc etc. Not only does this allow me and others to see the images but I can reflect on the composition/processing I’ve applied to each image – I’m not necessarily going to go back and change what I’ve done but I can use the reflections next time I’m out with the camera.

        The problem with digital files is you need a piece of equipment to appreciate what they are – with negs you can hold them up to the light to get an idea of content. I know I’d find a box of found negs infinitely more appealing/intriguing than some old hard disk I came upon!

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