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Stark Tree
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desktop background image of black and white image of a dense tree -- Stark -- Hieizan Driveway -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Stark
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At the end of my previous post, I showed an odd tree... very tall without branches, except at the top a rat's nest of tightly bunched twigs and cones. Futzing around in Lightroom with a shot of the top of the tree, I came across a fairly stark monochrome version that struck me as interesting enough to give it a try as a desktop background.

Prior to happening upon that, I had a “stylized” version that I sort of liked...

Stylized -- Hieizan Driveway -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Stylized

I don't often venture into these non-realistic versions unless I'm doing something specific (such as this, this, this and this), but I often run into interesting results while testing my various Lightroom plugins: I sometimes need to quickly generate a version of a photo that is visually distinct from other copies I've tested with, so I'll haphazardly slap around the develop-setting sliders to create something wacky, like this, this, and this.

I've got a few such freaky/interesting items in my (way too long) to-post-about list.

For reference, here's the original...

Original -- Hieizan Driveway -- Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Original

Comments so far....

An amazing tree made even more amazing by your treatment. Like you, I also play with my LR presets to find something that “meets” the eyes. Since my website is a work in progress here’s a link to my personal FB photography album…hope you enjoy…
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2040073&id=1197075632&l=e2b580d043

Thanks for your LR plug-in mastery. We all appreciate it.

— comment by Adam Bennett on March 2nd, 2011 at 9:11am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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