Tree Part "Portraits" - Join in ...

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by mdvaden, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In 1982, I took Evergreen ID at the local college, and just enrolled for a repeat here in 2013. For a term project reference we need to make, I decided to take most of my own photos, rather than borrowing them. Been taking some of the closer views of twigs with a similar approach to how I've been practicing portraiture the past year. If you have some nice shots you like, join in and post them.



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  2. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe I should skip names in case someone likes guessing ..

    Here's a couple more ...



  3. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
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    Absolutely breathtaking!!! As a portrait photographer myself, the work before me is the Yousuf Karsh of Trees.
  4. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Appreciate it.

    Haven't photographed a human portrait with that camera body yet this winter since it's been pretty chilly outside, but sure have been enjoying the tree side of things.

    Should add ... I don't have a macro lens, and since I can only get like within 24 inches, some of these are crops where the best part of focus and bokeh are located. Not sure if any could be printed much larger than 8" x 10" ... but really good for web size, illustrations, or maybe a calendar.


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  5. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This was worth the scratches to free-climb to the top for some cone photos.

    Foliage is fairly unique ... shouldn't take long for someone to name the species.

    Color and B&W conversion



  6. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone like yellow?

    Cornus mas ... blooming here in Oregon, presently.


  7. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Could toss trunks into the tree parts.

    Seems that's where my shift of focus went to lately.

  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    If no Macro lens, what lens was used to get the short DOF? An 85mm prime?

    Sorry, realize these shots are more than a year old... maybe your equipment has changed since.

    I am considered a Canon 60D, with a couple of lenses. One is an 85mm prime, another is a 17-55mm, 2.8. I'm mostly interested in detailed work like these images (flowers/bees/butterflies/etc). A Macro lens is big $$$, but am wondering if the 55mm and 85mm would do me well to start.

  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    So are you shooting in RAW and then converting to JPEG? If you are converting what program do you like?
  10. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Probably my 85mm or 50mm primes.

    I still like and use my Canon 60D

    Still have not picked up a macro yet, but it's on the list.

    Shoot in RAW + JPG

    The conversion to JPG is from the Lightroom program. Its really quite a affordable for what it does ... and under $100

    I pretty much stick to Lightroom and Photoshop.

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