Trees and more trees

Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness — a weekly offering of monochrome images submitted by multiple photographers — once a month has a theme. For the first Thursday of September, it’s “Tree or Trees.” 

In my previous two posts, I explored what Google Nik Collection Silver Efx Pro2 could do with regard to photos of trees. At the end of those, I thought I pretty much knew which photo I would submit to Monochrome Madness . . . and then, I remembered other photos of trees. 

The following are a combination of Lightroom, Silver Efx Pro 2, On1 Effects 10.5, DxO Film Pack 5, and . . . no, that’s it; just those. No one photo is just one of those; I mixed-and-matched to get versions of the photos that I like.

I won’t be showing the originals because I don’t think most people care. I mean, it’s a bit like having a cook show you the ingredients that make up your meal; it might be of interest to some, but most just want to consume the meal. Heck, they often don’t even care — or what to know — who prepared their food. I suppose sometimes it’s better to not know.

The same is true here, so here we go . . .

I live on an island . . . why all of the shots in this post are by the water. We begin with the quintessential tropical island shot.

Photo 01

Yes, I’m numbering them because another poll is coming your way at the bottom of the post. It’s because I had such a huge response in the last post . . . two people voted.

Anyway, there’s no SmugMug gallery but you can click on the photos for a larger version and there will be a gallery at the end of the post.  

The first four photos were taken with my Nikon P900. The last six were captured using the full rig (Nikon D7000 with Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8). 

I suggest it every time, but hardly anyone listens . . . the larger versions are better than what WordPress puts in here. 

Anyway, while most people think of palms when imagining walking on a beach in Hawaiʻi, the truth is that palms are not native to the island. Consequently, the resorts are where you find most palms (as in the shot above) and in people’s yards. 

What you see when away from cultivated areas, are these trees . . . 

Photo 02

The above shot is not very inspiring and I doubt it will get many votes . . . how about this next one?

Photo 03

I think that’s a better setting and composition, but it’s still difficult showing these trees in a good light . . . except, sometimes one gets lucky. 

Photo 04

That’s probably our most favorite tree. It’s at the Old Kona Airport, where we walk, and we sit with that view in front of us (minus the sun) after we’re done walking and stop to eat a snack before heading to the gym. 

Now, all of those are fine trees But I like me drama in my B&W photos. I want a punch (not literally) to the photo.

Photo 05

That’s a composite of four photos that were stitched in Photoshop, processed with DxO Film Pack, then Silver Efx Pro, and then tweaked in Lightroom.

I have two shots of the same banyan tree that I thought might be candidates. I like the shots, but I’m not sure about the level of “drama” to the shots. 

Photo 06

Photo 07

They are imposing trees (this one is near Rainbow Falls, in Hilo) but difficult to capture well because of their size. Those shots aimed more at showcasing the aerial roots than showing the tree. 

OK, OK . . . I’m just teasing my readers. For drama and visual impact, I knew what trees I wanted to use.

Photo 08

These trees are at the Laupahoehoe Beach Park showcased in THIS post. Except, I only showed the waves in that post . . . my mistake. However, they did appear in passing in THIS post. 

Anyway, that’s fairly dramatic, but I like this next one a tad more; do you?

Photo 09

I think it’s the wall that does it for me, although the rocks on the previous one are also impressive. Because it’s landscape, it will look better if you click on it for the larger view. 

As far as composition, tonality, details, and subject matter, I thought this next one is in the running for the best of the series. Opinions vary, of course. 

Photo 10

And, there you have it; ten photos for you to rate. The poll allows for up to three votes per person. 

Here’s the Gallery:

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24 Responses to Trees and more trees

  1. tidiousted says:

    Very nice collection Disperser, It was hard to pick a favourite ;-)


  2. oneowner says:

    Trees are my favorite subjects to photograph because they seldom complain when you take a crappy photo of them.


  3. I chose 8. I like the composition with the hanging branches.


  4. Some great photos, Disperser, especially #5 which just blew me away — a beautiful picture! I also enjoyed viewing the banyan tree details in #6 and #7 which would have been my second and third choices but then I decided to vote for only one photo in this poll.


  5. robert87004 says:

    With just under two weeks to go until theme week maybe I better review my tree-photo choice. I thought I had a photo picked day one of Leanne’s announcement . ;)

    #4 is it, for me.


  6. AnnMarie says:

    I couldn’t pick a favorite between #5 (found it completely stunning!), #8 (this one says ‘tree’ the best) and #9 (excellent composition!!!). As I keep comparing them, I seem to return to #9 . . .


    • disperser says:

      Like I said above, this threw a monkey wrench into what I thought was a done deal as far as a decision. I suppose it’s better to have too many choices than not enough.


  7. I love the roots on these old trees. Ha! I take a lot of trees too!! Great images Emilio.


  8. Soooooooooooooooooo hard to pick a favorite!
    So I picked 3 (you said we could)! :-) #9, #4 and #3!
    Wow, the trees you shared are cool! I love how they are so unique and have their own style!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…I’ve hugged trees before! One time, in Yosemite 10 of us joined hands, circled around and hugged a BIG tree!


  9. Being a simple soul I voted 5 , 3 & 4 in that order, I like trees, but not as much as Coco. My fourth was #9,


    • disperser says:

      Maybe Coco is setting an example for you . . . Thanks for voting.

      Liked by 1 person

      • It’s the idea of compulsory voting here in AUSTRALIA that gets me to do my duty, in this case go back, view all the candidates and vote for your preferences in order, Yes we do have a compulsory preferential voting system that works. As you see it even gets me paying proper attention to your stuff!


      • disperser says:

        Wow . . . that’s some pretty strong compulsory laws to apply half a world away.

        As for it getting you to pay attention to my stuff, I have reasons to doubt that. It’s been my experience you are particular about what you choose to pay attention to. It’s usually something that favors grasping at tenuous arguments for the superiority of Brits (first) and Aussies (second) and even then, it involves mischaracterizations and willful misinterpretation of facts. I don’t think that’s the case for all Brits and Aussies as the vast majority of my interactions with them do not conform to our typical interactions.

        . . . I assume I trigger that kind of response in some people . . . Not sure yet if I’m proud of that or consider it a nuisance.


  10. Pieter says:

    Number 4 stands out for me.. such a great mood in that one :)
    Great gallery :)


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