Tree Lines

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In this image, we are going to make very few adjustments. And I just want to show you how we can create this beautiful shadows of this trees basically against the sunset. I shot this at the Everglades and it was a really, really nice sunset. Before the sunset, became wonderful, we had kind of this huge cloud in front of the, in front of the sun, so you couldn't really see it, it would just kind of pick through. After the sun started to set more towards like down here, this started to fade away and we got some incredible shots. But I really really liked this shot.

I think this tree line is really amazing. And this colors are just really, really cool. It's kind of a cool photograph to see. So let's let's get with the editing. Let me show you the camera settings we'll press our IQ for information and this is shot. One 100th of a second f 10 ISO 320 24 to 85 millimeter lens.

And basically what I wanted to capture here was the tree line. I just wanted to get this tree lines against this, this nice colors. So let me open up the exposure so you can see what's in front of me. I shot this from my truck this again, this is a swamp This is the Everglades and this is a swamp. You can't walk here like normal you can if you want to get wet, and you're not afraid of alligators and or snakes. But this was shot from my truck and I was actually standing on the back of it.

And I like i said i just wanted to get this beautiful tree line against this, this beautiful backdrop so I can sensor spot right off the bat. So let me print the information key. And let's start with the editing. So the first thing I noticed, of course, was this sensor spot. So let me erase that. We'll click our Spot Removal Tool and get it get rid of it that way, we can actually go back, click visualize spots, and look for more.

Again, you're looking for donuts. So these are not spots. These are actual clouds. The donuts ones, the ones that look like donuts are the spots you want. So click out of that. Now that we have a clean image to work with.

We can start the editing process. Now again, this foreground looks really really nice. As far as our composition here. It's not a complex one. It's very pleasing to the eye and I simply wanted to get the treeline so I want to show you how simplicity can also create beautiful photos. With all my other photographs.

I've showed you the triangle, I've showed you the complexity of the thought process that goes into it. I could have done that here with a wide angle lens. And I there was some trees which I shot and I have other images like that. But here I just wanted to show you that sometimes the best photos are created very simply by just I don't know, just keeping it very simple without much complexity. I think the most complex part of it here is this tree, your eye will come to this tree first and then start wandering off into the horizon. And that's how you're able to see this colors and this beautiful backdrop and that's what I was wanting to create just a simple image.

I knew I just wanted to get the get the silhouettes of the streets of this trees when I was shooting it. So I knew what I was going into when I shot this image. I just saw another sensor spot right there. Let me get rid of it right here is very subtle, but it's there. Okay. All right, cool.

So let me reset the exposure we're gonna click exposure twice, that resets it and as you can see I got it really close to the final products and I'm only looking for the tree line. That's all I was looking for when I shot this nothing else, just the tree line against this beautiful backdrop. So um, first thing I'm going to do right off the bat, I'm going to bring up my contrast quite a bit. And as you can see just makes the trees a lot darker and the colors pop a little more. Let me tone it down a tad. That's very good.

Now, it was very hot when I shot this I remember just sweating profusely at the Everglades. It's a very, very humid place and during the summer months, it's just really, really hot. Not in only the summer months during every month. It's is really humid really, really hot. And you're walking in and kind of working out so you get ultra ultra wet. So that's the field I want to give to the photo.

So I'm going to bring my temperature up to the warm side, maybe right about there. And as you can see, when I do this, I lose my bluetooth on the clouds. So I don't know if I like that. So maybe I will reset the temperature. Bring it down, maybe right there. And I'm going to try a different, a different technique.

I'm going to go to my arm, my graduated filter. I'll click on that. Let me close this basic panel. And now I will double click on the exposure or the effect twice, it will reset all your sliders, and I'm going to come from this corner. And basically that's what I want orange or yellow since this that's where the sun is and that's why What's hitting all this, all this clouds and turning in orange and yellow. So now I can bring this up.

Look at that, that glow just becomes really, really nice. That's a lot, maybe right about there. And you can maybe, you know, drag it up, drag it down. I think that looks really good though. That's perfect. So now I'm going to draw a new one.

So you can click here on the new, click on that, reset all your sliders and I'm going to come from this corner. Since it's kind of changing colors. I want this to be very blue. So now I'm going to tone it down to blue. Right about there. Now let me flip this kind of like that.

Bring this this way. And now hold it right about there. So let me press the O key so you can see what I'm what I'm doing. So it's kind of blending in right here. Most of The action. Let me move it up.

It's happening up here and it starts to blend right here and fall off right about there. Press the O key again. And that looks really good. Let's see where this blends and falls off. Press the O key and see it's the most is up here. And it starts to fade off right around here.

And they finish it off finishes off right around here. So that's really good. That's what I'm trying to. That's what I'm trying to look for. Now, let me click this before, after before, after. So as you can see, we got one side, yellow, and orange and one side of blue, which is exactly what I was looking for.

It's how the photo was before. But now I'm just enhancing the colors and I think it looks interesting before, after before after. I think it looks killer. Very, very good. I'll click out of that. Go back to my basic panel.

And now I can bring up my vibrance just a tad. I think that looks really really nice right there. I'm looking at this trees how they're kind of blown out right here. So that is gonna make me want to turn my highlights on just a tad and as you can see the colors get a little more richer and I think that looks really good right about there now my shadows obviously I don't care about the foreground on this one that was not my intent when I was shooting this photo. So I'm going to keep the shadows off. If you want to give it a little bit of mystery a little bit of of make the mind wonder what's what's there you can you can open them up just a tad so the the viewers eye kind of looks for something here and wonders what it is.

You can certainly do that and I think that actually looks really cool. But I think that looks really nice. Look at that. It can kind of see the like, it's cool. here and it's hot here, it almost looks fake. But as you can see, it's not that impressive Waikiki.

So there's the why before and after. So as you can see on the before, it's blue here. Now this is a raw file, so it's on a gray scale. So you can see this. This bluish, and here's the orangish. So what we did here, we simply enhanced it, and it kind of blends in together and in the middle, which I think it creates a cool photo, it creates a cool, a cool effect, if you will.

Now, my whites and my blacks, I don't think I need to do anything. Again, I don't use these a lot. You can certainly try it if you want. But I don't maybe the whites right about there. And you blacks, if you turn them down, they'll just create a little bit more of a contrast image, which I'm getting that result by coming up to the contrast so I don't really think you need to do much There. Let's go to our lens corrections, click on profile, remove chromatic aberration, which will mainly probably find around the trees, if any at all.

Yeah, not much on this image, but it's still good to keep it quick. And now we're gonna enable the profile corrections. And as you can see, it doesn't really do much in this image. So I'm going to keep it I could go either way, I'll keep it off for now. Remember, all this is entirely up to you. It's all taste.

Don't worry about what people say or think this is your vision. It's your photo. You know, you just want to kind of keep it realistic. That's the only thing you don't want to overdo it. But I think that looks really really nice. I mean, we went a long way with this with a few simple sliders.

Let me press before and after. There's before and there's after. And I think that looks cool. You know, it's, it's exactly what I wanted to do when I was shooting. I just wanted to get the treeline. Nothing complex about the composition, but a very nice image.

I was I was just happy when I saw this. So I wanted to showcase this beautiful trees in the Everglades does nice shapes and patterns that this trees made. So I think that looks really nice. I don't think there's a lot more you can do with it or I want to do to it of course there's you can do a lot more to it. But I think that looks really good. Maybe the temperatures you can the 10th you can make it a tad bit purple, since it's the sunset.

And that looks really nice look at that. But I don't want to overdo it. So I'm just going to leave it alone. So just wanted to show you that you don't always need a complex scene or a complex composition to create a beauty image here, all I wanted to do was showcase the tree line the shapes and patterns of the trees. I did choose this as my main focal point and I knew that I would immediately fall off here, and then carry on to what to see the tree line. One could even say that the eye goes here, then here then here creating my triangle, but I'm not sure if that's entirely true.

So by creating this, by just shooting the treeline against this beautiful backdrop, with this kind of multi color, you can see that it becomes a very beautiful image. Let me finish it off by the detail. So I'll bring out my detail again about 67 days what I usually like to do the masking hold on your option key. And basically I just want to sharpen the trees. So what's White is being sharpened, what's black is being left alone. And here are the trees sharpen, let it go and look at that.

To me, that's a stunning image to me. I'm very proud of it. I really like it. Let me press the Y key so you can see before and after. And there you have it.

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