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doubledribble
10-25-2009, 09:41 PM
My wife and I had a small wedding ceremony last week. We had a professional photographer there for family and ceremony photos. I'm by far a novice photographer although I would like to get better as well as my wife.

On the way out the sun was setting and the sillohuette of this tree seemed perfect. I ran up the hill and my wife framed it and set the timer. we had our daughter snap the picture once in position. Taken on a D40x with the kit lens.

We both love how the photo turned out. Really wish we had taken it in RAW. I like it as is, maybe with a slight crop. My wife likes it cropped down to the single tree with the horizon rotated to level.

Any hints suggestions? I'm open to your edits. This is something we would like to have canvas wrapped and hung on our wall.

Thanks your help is greatly appreciated.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/4045166808_c23bdc337a_b.jpg

Markitos
10-25-2009, 09:43 PM
OMG LOVE THE SHOT. I'll post up how I'd crop it in just a second, but I wanted to tell you what a great idea that was!

doubledribble
10-25-2009, 09:46 PM
thanks our wedding photographer is into it as well.

danm
10-25-2009, 09:46 PM
i think i like your wifes idea. and +1 to mark's comment, its a great photo

Markitos
10-25-2009, 09:47 PM
Okay, the quality on this sucks because I had to upsize a heavy crop from your small jpeg, but it's enough to get the idea:

http://beltie.smugmug.com/photos/692657070_rVs3i-O.jpg

doubledribble
10-25-2009, 09:50 PM
i think that will be problem with the image. just not large enough to get quality out of a tight crop.

i like that crop, but also like the feeling of elevation with the hill in the photo. thanks for your input.

thomps6s
10-25-2009, 09:53 PM
I love both crops, I would honestly leave it as is. LOVE it.

1055
10-25-2009, 10:01 PM
yeah id defiently leave it as is.. its storybook without a doubt

thechickencow
10-25-2009, 10:02 PM
I'd straighten the horizon on the original and leave it.

dr ken
10-26-2009, 11:25 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/DrKen/misc/4045166808_c23bdc337a_b.jpg

Here, I used PS to Free Transform and then sort of bent the image into shape, rather than solely cropping. That may be crossing into "digital art" territory, but I'd thought I'd give it a whack. Very nice shot, by the way.

jacobsen1
10-26-2009, 11:31 AM
love the original. This image could also be converted to a vector easy enough and you could scale it to be massive. ;)

thomps6s
10-26-2009, 11:41 AM
I would leave it as is, the tilt is nice IMHO.

Stime187
10-26-2009, 11:49 AM
This would be my crop: (you have plenty of file in the original file to crop to this and make a nice print)

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j187/stime187/edit_dd.jpg

ride5000
10-26-2009, 11:51 AM
leave as is, watch the pixelization in the blue sky. did you push saturation/vibrance up?

marcus.raw
10-26-2009, 12:21 PM
love the original. This image could also be converted to a vector easy enough and you could scale it to be massive. ;)
is there an easier method than using the pen tool? cause if you had to pen tool all those tree branches that would not be easy by any means :lol:

jacobsen1
10-26-2009, 12:29 PM
is there an easier method than using the pen tool? cause if you had to pen tool all those tree branches that would not be easy by any means :lol:

yeah, vectormagic.com. ;) (it's not free anymore though :()

ride5000
10-26-2009, 12:31 PM
selections can be turned into paths which can be turned into vectors

CIM_Photography
10-26-2009, 12:34 PM
Or just get me the full size and I'll do it for you via Illustrator CS3. :wave:

Works better than PS any day of the week.

doubledribble
10-26-2009, 01:23 PM
stime's crop is about where i had it...and to those that asked, no PP was done on this photo.

pretty amazed at how it came out. given the camera was propped up on the hood of my running car with a sweatshirt.

thanks for the input everyone. i'll pass the comments along to my wife.

KC
11-02-2009, 09:32 PM
Too late? I'd crop the big tree more, leave the little tree almost full, and take out the over bearing one to the right completely... then blend the sky a bit more... and a little rotation, but still show it's a hill.

And I'm a sucker for leg lifts.... ;) Hope you don't mind...

http://www.rallydecals.com/kcpics/tree.jpg

Yeah, OK, I may have overdone it...

--kC

Tylersladen
11-02-2009, 10:06 PM
Don't leave it as is, get it printed and frame it. that shot is perfect.

I don't get how/why you used the timer and had your daughter take the photo?