I photographed this tree by the side of Thirlemere in the Lake District one sunny afternoon in late Autumn, just as the season's colours were reaching their peak.
So why is this particular image devoid of colour?
Well, as I always do, I took this photo in the RAW file format, so I had the option of keeping the original colour image, or converting to black and white later on in the digital darkroom.
I love this flexibility. Much better than the old days of film when you had to decide on this sort of thing in the field.
Anyhow, for this photo, it wasn't the colours that attracted me but the stark contrast between the white tree trunk and the deep blue sky.
When I tried a monochrome conversion in PhotoShop, emphasising the red channel to darken the blue sky, the image became much more dynamic and interesting than the original colour version, with the tree really 'popping' against the darkened background.
Filename - lake tree 03.jpg
Camera - Nikon D3100
Lens - 18-55mm zoom @22mm
Exposure - 1/125sec @ f11, ISO100
Location - Thirlemere, Lake District
This image - 533x800px JPEG
Conversion - ACR & PS-CS2
Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.
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