First of all, there may be some focus issues, please don’t worry about that, this tree is nearby and I can easily reshoot (and plan to do so).
I’m trying to separate the tree from the background. My Olympus lens is a kit lens, 14-42 f/4.0-5.6, so the depth of focus is deeper than a pro lens at f/2.8 and so, it is difficult to use focus to separate the tree in from the background by that means. Another problem has been that when there is light on the tree, there also is light in the background (and visa versa) so it’s difficult to use that to separate them. Using darktable, I’ve tried using the green in the background (there also is a bit of green on lichen on a couple of the branches so both a parametric and drawn mask was necessary) but I haven’t got that to work very well either.
My wish for this image is (1) black and white, (2) highlight the shape and texture of the tree while diminishing the background but I don’t mind the texture of the leaf litter on the ground in front of it, that can be kept as well.
Maybe I need to photograph it differently and that is open for discussion as well.
Please show me what you can do!
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