This tree and building has been photographed many times before. I'm sure most people know all about the trees growing through the ruins around Angkor Wat, so I'm going to concentrate on the technique, not the story. I'm not sure if this is even allowed on TE, but this is a combanation of two photos. The first is exposed for the building and fore ground, and the second is exposed for the sky.
It's a great technique that I often use for subjects like this. Start with a tripod mounted camera and bracket starting with the proper exposure for the fore ground and stop it down until the the sky is properly exposed. Later, in photoshop, lay one picture on top of the other and use the history brush to merge them together. This is a great technique for when a graduated neutral density filter would come too far down into the fore ground.
PS - As PHIL noted: I didn't do a really good job with the overlay on this one...I should probably go back and do a better job. If you look closely around the tree and in the leaves on the right side you can tell its been overlayed...Also, if you're looking at those places, you'll notice some AC fringing...Something else I've been too lazy to fix! Thanks!
PPS - The whole "Alien's Foot" thing comes from my 4 year old niece. She said it looks like a really big alien is stepping on the building! I was blown away! She's completely right!
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abulafia (4900) 2006-12-22 0:09
Thanks for the tip!
Amazing so much you could fit into the frame with your wideangle, i couldnt get much more than the corner and the tree before hitting the wall behind you. but my lens was also 28mm instead.
bigboroboy (1098) 2006-12-22 0:18
You are right. The colours are good although there seems to be a greyish cast over the ruins to the left of the tree. This is a minor gripe with a very strong image. Good technique Neil.
triptych2003 (1534) 2006-12-22 1:21
ta prohm is such a great place to shoot. even i have a shot of it in my gallery! your technique has worked beautifully. to my untrained eye, i can't even see the blemished you describe. this is definitely not just another shot of "that angkor tree"! well done...
postvikram (1199) 2006-12-22 1:57
Great contrast, nice angle of vision and good wide composition.
This looks realy like an Alien's foot. Great perspective.
TFS - Vikram
Giis (258) 2006-12-22 2:04
Hi Neil, beside your great idea!, I've never know about this place so far, so thanks to show it to us. Is to interesting, I like the details in the building and tree.
Tibo (1904) 2007-01-17 19:01
Hi Neil. This is a great capture. You manage to catch a good light although it wasn't easy. Congratulation!Tibo
- Copyright: Neil Wade (neilwade) (147)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-15
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 ED-IF G DX, (digital)
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cambodia - Ta Phrom trees [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-21 23:53
- Favorites: 1 [view]