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  #200 Black and White
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Strength, Endurance, Shelter       ©2018 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-GX85       3rd place, 148 points
1/639s, ?, ISO 200, 8mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Shot raw. Developed in LR. Exported and finished in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Shot with a Rokinon 7.5mm lens @ 1/640 sec. The lens is manual so f-stop is not captured by camera. Probably between f/3.5 and f/5.6.
      Extra Info: This giant, old Live Oak tree is on the property of a dear friend -- an 85 year old widow who lives alone and manages a 23-acre property along with 5 donkeys, 6 chickens, 1 rooster, and a dog. I see this tree as representing her strength and endurance and her protection of the land and all the creatures under her care.

F-stop details are in 'Post processing info' - Admin.
 
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Lo
May 16, 2018
    Such beautiful detail on this old tree - well done!

RobertLavker
May 15, 2018
    My first place choice. Great job as always. Love the fish-eye effect.

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jomari
May 15, 2018
    Good way to capture the might and majesty of the tree. I like the little surrounding details of garden furniture and mules. It would be a lovely spot to picnic.

A.N.Other
May 15, 2018
    Love the effect. The sky looks a bit 'muddy' near the centre. Maybe burned in highlights a bit much?

SteveBee
May 15, 2018
    Lo: Some folks live in a rectilinear world and some don't.
Old Finn: Some folks find fisheye distortion distracting and some find this kind of 'breaking the rules' interesting. Oh, that's the next challenge theme!
Robert L: You're right -- the color version is amazing.
alis nocturnis: I wanted the tree to fill the entire frame. As for the fisheye view, the lens projection covers the entire 4/3 sensor area so you cannot get a circular image with dark corners as you might get on a full frame sensor.
A.N.Other - No, just clouds.
Edited on May 15, 2018

Lo
May 15, 2018
    The detail you have captured in the tree is amazing. Unfortunately, the fish-eye effect is a spoiler for me.

babysister
May 15, 2018
    It is a great effect you have put on this photo to make it a bit different. The tones also go through from black to white and there are many of them. A perfect photo.

Old Finn
May 14, 2018
    Otherways interesting picture, but the fisheye distortion is a bit distgracting.

RobertLavker
May 14, 2018
    Wonderful use of a wide angle to capture the tree and surroundings. I suspect this will work well in color but the B&W is quite effective. High in my TT's.

Elyod
May 14, 2018
    I like use of the fish-eye lens

alis nocturnis
May 13, 2018
    The magnificent tree would be better served if it were shown whole with some sky to frame it. Or, if there has to be barrel effect donkeys and garden furniture, why not show the complete circle/sphere? Anyway, in my favourites.

aoc46
May 12, 2018
    Nicely done. The fish-eye adds a neat effect; consider adding a slight vignette to enhance it.

Thivi
May 12, 2018
    Superb textures and details. The perspective effect is very nice and I love the donkeys in the background. Very nice shot !

cookiejar
May 12, 2018
    I like your creative treatment here. Cute and engaging.

kerszkavet
May 11, 2018
    that's a really interesting picture - and nice to hear the backstory behind the title.
real great use of the distorting effects of the lens
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