Infinite Sticks

Today I went hiking and took exactly three photos, all of one scene, a trail lined by a truly immense number of saplings. Here’s my favorite of the three:

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My settings with Filmulator:

  • Auto CA Correction 1
  • Highlight Recovery 2
  • Exposure Compensation -2/3
  • Shadow Rolloff Point 0.0018
  • Film Area 500
  • Drama 91
  • White Clipping Point 0.538

I’m curious to see what other people do with this incredibly high-detail scene.


I like woods walkabouts, too.

Interesting texture in the amalgam of sticks; went looking for a crop that led the viewer into the scene. With rawproc:

Nothing special in the processing, just the libraw camera matrix and a contrasty filmic curve, in addition to the crop…

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This one should probably come with a warning label.

CVAC8800.CR2.xmp (14.0 KB)


Oh my…

Nice place! Thanks for the pic. Here’s my try.

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Interesting stand. The title Infinite Sticks reminds me of the Japanese scenes where two samurai or ninjas are fighting to the bitter end in a quiet, dense bamboo forest: mugen no chikurin. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Thanks for posting DT 3.4.0
CVAC8800 CVAC8800_02.CR2.xmp (10.8 KB)

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infinite.sticks.pp3 (17.6 KB) RawTherapee 5.8-2751-ga95d378db

That is a really nice image to work on. Love all the (little) details and, even though the shot looks somewhat monochrome, all the different colours within that palette. Very nice.

Thanks for sharing!

@afre: Yep, definitely has a samurai vibe! Kurosawa and Okamoto might have liked it.

EDIT: End result came out a bit darker then I expected, fixed that.


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@age That’s a really intense-feeling crop, I like it.

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Very interesting shot @CarVac. I tried to accentuate the narrow path through the foreboding woods. RT 5.8.
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hi, my idea

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I like how you used the low-pass filter with a drawn mask to soften the details/contrasts on all these vertical lignes, it makes the image more easy to read and prevent the sensory overload that I get when confronted to too many details in an image. I’ll keep this trick in mind :smiley: thanks for the trick !

thanks :blush: :blush:


What i tried to achieve :
Use diagonals to center the image,
Enhance the path with slight luminosity and local contrast enhancement,
Desaturate a bit the sky,
Warm/Cold color contrast between the path and the forest with color balance,

CVAC8800.CR2.xmp (15.7 KB)

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