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she oak by the she shaw

A shot of a she-oak near the beach at Peregian. I seem to have a stack of beach shots at present and have decided to just post one of the foreshore. i was having a play here. Decided to push the vignette so that it looked more like a border/drop shadow.

she oak by the she shaw

A shot of a she-oak near the beach at Peregian. I seem to have a stack of beach shots at present and have decided to just post one of the foreshore. i was having a play here. Decided to push the vignette so that it looked more like a border/drop shadow.

comments (24)

Nev, this looks very nice. I like the tones and the effect.
nev: it certainly looks a bit better than the original which was suffering a bit from a bot of glare in the horizon. thanks Kay.
lovely lovely tones, nice composition
nev: thanks heaps dotun. i was playing with calculations to change the mono before colouring.
  • petra
  • 25 Apr 2007, 05:35
I like the treatment Neil...makes you want to walk to the sea there..
nev: thanks petra, it is a lovely beach and there are not really any crowds there.
I really like the look of a different age. Thepath leading to the sea is like a path in Robinson Crusoe. I like photographs with stories hidden.
nev: thanks for you visit Michael. To burst the feeling of civilisations lost there was a hot bread shop a couple of hundred metres behind me.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Apr 2007, 07:58
This is a fabulous picture, and beautifully presented. I would have used colour, but can see you are better at this stuff than me...the sepia treatement is perrrrfect.

In another life, I was very familiar with the coast in Victoria...there it is more likely the trees would be banksia or T-tree, although there are some she-breeze-fetish she-oaks too.

You invoke rich, fond memories with this gorgeous image, Nev, so thank you [korp khun mar krub].
nev: The colour shot was almost blown Ray and i am a bit reluctant to boost saturation levels too much. i think my processing was to fix the highlights before playing with calculations in photoshop. the end result was then exported as a new image which was then converted to grayscale and then to RGB so I could add a colour adjustment layer. The i really just added the vignette. Hope that assists if you want something new to try.

the tree is a memeber of the t tree family i believe. When i was a teenager my family drove to Cape York. we were stuck on a track for about 3 days whilst we waited for roads to dry as we did not have chains for our tyres. the she oaks were the only trees we could burn wet and they kept the mosquitos at bay. I am glad it gave you some fond memories. cheers
Your treatment really works here and makes it timeless. The tree takes the image out of the ordinary - I've not seen one like that before. Very classical composition and that path is just begging you to follow it!
nev: i was playing with calculations Jose before adding a colour adjustment layer . I love these trees as they have a very japanese feel but often don't photograph well because of their pine needle like leaves.
Cool shot .
nev: thanks shakara glad you like it.
  • paul
  • 25 Apr 2007, 09:06
I think the vignetter/border works well, as does the treatment you have given this shot. Nice one!
nev: thanks for that paul
  • Lilith
  • Lost Highway
  • 25 Apr 2007, 10:46
Strange to see so much vegitation so close to the sea. The pic has the look of old faded postcards I sometimes see for sale in tatty seaside shops. For some reason this makes me wish for childhood holidays again, that sense of anticipation at what you might discover on the beach.
nev: The sunshine coast has long sections of coastline that have the natural vegitation growing up to just above the high water mark. just waiting for developers to get their dirty hands on it. the is the first shot i took when i got to the beach and the feeling was definitely one of oh yeah the beach. thanks lillith
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Apr 2007, 12:11
Absolutely dreamy, Neal. It's going straight to my Likeys!
nev: I am flattered ginnie thank you
  • mal
  • 25 Apr 2007, 12:37
this is fantastic Neal, there is so much in the image to keep the eye entertained both compositionally and with the toning and feel of the image, I would do a little more experimenting in this direction if I were you! lovely shot. mal
nev: i have played with calculations settings before for other things but i do like the variations it gave to the image. just like the colour button i will continue to use it from time to time. cheers mal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Apr 2007, 13:34
Excellent Neal. The vignette thing was worth the effort. Great composition and presentation.

The concept of a she-oak baffles me, have you picked her up and checked to determine the gender tongue And what would the he-oak looks like?
nev: i guess the old ways of animal vegetable mineral identification never fade away heh louis. I could give you he-oak identification tips louis but then the next thing you know you will be asking for cricket and rugby ones as well. smile
This is lovely with great atmosphere. There are so many different textures (grass, sand, moss, sea) in this shot! It keeps it interesting without being busy. Nice!
nev: i went to mono to try and minimise some of that confusion thanks martin.
  • Diya
  • 25 Apr 2007, 14:50
gorgeous picture and very nice work, you are great mate
nev: you are too kind diya
Looks so old Neal, I like your choice of processing.
nev: it wasn't really my intention chris to make it look old. the shot was suffering a little in colour and provided the opportunity to play with the calculation settings in photoshop where the different colour channels can be used against one another.
  • Saratu
  • Aberdeen
  • 25 Apr 2007, 20:41
Looks like a painting.very nice.
nev: thanks heaps. i think it is the tree itself which gives it a certain painting look abit like a willow
good detail and lovely toning, works well this one...
nev: cheers sam
  • Steve
  • 25 Apr 2007, 23:29
Nicely worked nev. Great tones.
nev: cheers steve
Very nice and original pp Nev !! Looks like the old 1900's pictures ! Great.
nev: thanks for that florence
wow! ce n'est pas une photo, c'est un poème!
nev: you are too kind thanks
  • Ellie
  • 27 Apr 2007, 01:18
Neal, please tell me more about the 'she-oak' please, I've never heard of it.

Love the picture by the way, makes me think of Robinson Crusoe
nev: Ellie theyare common along the east coast of Oz but a lot more in the warmer areas. here is a wiki page for you. smile
Really artistic one - I like this one very much !!
nev: thanks zeb glad you like it
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 1 May 2007, 00:40

nev: Hey thanks for the wow suby.
I take off the hat, Neal !!!!
nev: keep your hat on José-Angel you might get sunburnt smile

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