Sepia Trees

Sepia Trees

f/13, 1/60, ISO-100, 18mm

So what do you do with a picture of some trees on a hill that just sort of are there and don’t offer much in the way of a statement? This is actually the sort of picture that I usually wouldn’t even raise my camera to my eye for, let alone snap the shutter. But I was drawn by the long shadow and the challenge of getting it in the picture without including my own shadow as well (not an easy feat…and no, I didn’t Photoshop myself out of it :) )

So I poked around a bit and even though I wasn’t particularly enthralled with what I was seeing in the viewfinder I took the exposure anyway (just one, because after all I only have a 32 GB card and can only fit like 1700 exposures on it, so I have to be judicious about such things. LOL) to see if I could do something with it in post production.

In Lightroom I attempted various ways to inject some color and life into the image, and kept hitting the reset button. Nothing was really working. Then I hit on the idea of black and white, and everything changed. The grass was suddenly interesting, the trees seemed sharper (which I accentuated even more with the sharpness slider). I fiddled with adding more striking vignette than I normally work with and finally added some yellow tint, and the sepia is what really made this image, I think. I am very pleased with it and it has earned a place as my desktop wallpaper.

Not bad for a photo I almost didn’t bother taking.

2 thoughts on “Sepia Trees

    • The shadow is just a power line pole, the sort of thing that usually gives me fits, but this time I was able to use it to my advantage.

      EDIT: actually, now that I think about it, it’s the same shadow and pole from the “Fake Panorama” image posted just prior to this one. I think I just turned around and took another shot :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Edith Levy Photography

Writing with Light

Little Pics of Hope

FREE backyard nature pics to copy or print.

Helpful articles to improve your own nature and landscape photography explorations. You will also see stunning landscape and nature photographs created by award winning landscape and nature photographer Melissa Fague.


I click what I like

The Photographer's Guide to Landscape Photography

Tips and tricks to shoot some better photos of the most exciting places

J.T. Avery Photography

Landscape Photography & Photographic Art


the world we know


Life Thru A Lens.... Capturing and Displaying Life's Beauty

Stephen J. Tyler


The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Stephen G Hipperson

My photography and other stuff

rona black photography

occasional visual essays

Maybrick's Photography

Beautiful British Isles.

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

Rick Alonzo Photography

Tampa photographer | Portraits, Models, Landscapes, Wildlife and more

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog




I can make no apologies for following my heart

Through My Lens

The world as I see it

%d bloggers like this: