The Silence of the Pines
© 2016 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott
When I go out shooting (particularly to familiar destinations), I’m always looking for something that will translate into a good photo. Not every scene (even pretty ones) make for good photos. In this case it was the great lines of the very straight, upright pine trunks that gained a slightly abstract look from the reflection in the pond in front of them. This whole pond/swamp system is caused by beavers. I was using a prime lens so I was limited by the focal length at hand, so the original shot includes some of the sky, which was blown out by exposing correctly for the trees. I went to a 16:9 crop, which helped emphasize the lines that were the main focus and also had the nice side effect of eliminating the sky from the equation. A nice B&W conversion (Alien Skin Exposure preset Afga APX 25) and then a little split toning gave me an image I like. The silent woods, the towering pines.
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