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Tree-trunk light

Tree-trunk light
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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF, @ ISO 1600
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My photos >= 30 and < 40 points Part II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 12:48
Viewed: 2872
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week-end we went to the Belgian East-Cantons, and we had dinner in a cosy restaurant in Vielsalm.
When I noticed this lamp, made out of a tree-trunk and nicely decorated, I was attracted by the chiaro-oscuro of the scene, so I tried to capture it.

Tech talk

Straightened the lamp, but not entirely perpendicular, as the asymmetrical ornaments made it tilt a bit.

Changed the picture layer to a smart object. This has the advantage that filters such as shadows & highlights, that generally speaking work destructively, can be reversed or changed afterwards.

Selected the brighter parts and used the selection to create a layer mask for the levels and curves adjustment layers. Inverted the mask for yet 2 other l&c adjustment layers. That way I could work on bright and dark parts of the shot separately.

Shadows and highlights on the picture - the smart object layer.

Selected the left bottom part, where a corridor was lit too brightly. Darkened that part using levels.

Downsized, framed and signed.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-10-08 13:47]
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Hello Frank
This is an interesting lamp - I first thought it was a tree hut and thought that the grandchildren would like one like this.
How do you "Change the picture layer to a smart object."??
And now looking closer I can see the lamp - it looks good hanging down like this. The glow shining out lights the room up nice and softly. I like it.

Nou Frank, dat is niet verkeerd - Belgische Ardennen?

Jouw PP werk gaat me even boven mijn pet, maar het resulterende plaatje ziet er prettig en intiem uit, dus daar gaat het om.
Weet je dat ik eerst dacht door een gat in een oude muur naar een verlichte hut te kijken?
Heb je verhaal gelezen - een rustieke lamp verlicht door een spaarlamp.


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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-10-09 0:43]

Good morning Frank,
Original beautiful capture.
Great colour tones.
Thank You my friend
Have a very nice day

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-10-09 2:28]

Nice work! A very interesting lamp and romantic lighting. An original post. TFS and have a great day!

Hello Frank,
Love the light and ambience here.
I like the PP done here which makes some part of this lamp very interesting. :)

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-10-09 8:33]

heel mooi en nooit gezien effect!

Hallo Frank.
Als het eten net zo smakelijk was alsdat dit plaatje er uitziet, heb je waar voor je geld gehad, toch ?
Lekker sfeertje.
Groeten van Jan

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-10-10 5:28]

Tough subject matter in tough lighting conditions. This is one of those shots, having tried some myself, that continually remind me of what a wonderful piece of equipment the human eye is, in combination with the human brain.
Just to be able, even for a very good camera, to be able to come close to replicating what the eye natively sees, as evidenced by your very fine and complete note and description of your efforts, is not a trivial level of effort.
On to the photo itself.
Given the conditions I think you did a good job capturing and balancing all the extremes of light and dark while maintaining the fine details of the various pieces of the image.
Good work, lots of effort here, but it paid off.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-10-10 12:49]

Jij weet de warme herfst atmosfeer wel heel fijn weer te geven Franck,heerlijk nog een goeie pint erbij !

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2008-10-12 12:57]

Aangename kleuren en compositie Frank.
Indien de rest van dat restaurantje in dezelfde sfeer
is dan mag de keuken al wat minder zijn :-)

M'n enige " but " ( omdat ik hier moet ) :
2de " raam " vanaf rechts daar had ik toch geprobeerd
om naar wat minder OE te werken.

TFS en tot later

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-10-12 13:25]

Hi Bratislav,

Excellent composition. Sharp and fine details image.

Great shot!!! Very original

Best Regards from Portugal,


Hoi Frank
Knappe en rustgevende compositie. Scherp en passende kleuren.
Alles goed voor de rest?

Excellent texture, beautiful 3D effect. Beautiful burning colours.

Nice work Frank in the choice of settings, your composition and the PP work. Lovely tones and light with fine detail showing through. TFS,

Stronger each day Frank, at least the lung infection has cleared now so my breathing is back to normal.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-10-21 0:38]

Hi Frank
Lovely idea to shoot the hidden light that creates all this host of shadows and colors, in a balanced frame.

I like the light & warmth of this. Great textures & colors. Makes it feel like fall & Halloween.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-10-29 8:15]

Hello Frank
What a magic light. Wonderful colours and warm tones and a great sharpness and detail. A light of dreams and fairy tales.
Best regards, mb

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  • davi72 (41)
  • [2008-12-07 7:51]

Ciao Frank foto molto bella ,mi piace il soggetto e la luce calda .Complimenti ben riuscita.
Ciao Davide

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