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.
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 . . .
The above shot is not very inspiring and I doubt it will get many votes . . . how about this next one?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyway, that’s fairly dramatic, but I like this next one a tad more; do you?
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.
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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