Ghost Tree…

The sprinkler was on in our little park at my house & I had an idea of something I wanted to try!!! I think the sun was still to high because I shot a few of these from different angles and in different settings… but not one worked!!!! So I took one, changed it to b/w and I quite liked the feel (&look) of it… looks ghostly in a way!!!

Also, I’m playing around with watermarks & my initial on my photographs (if you’ve been following my blog you will have realized that it have changed a few times!! I do not know what the protocol (or ‘rules’) are that involves watermarks – – – should it be all initials, full name, the size etc. – – – so any advice will be appreciated??

Let me know what you think…


24 thoughts on “Ghost Tree…

  1. Mike10613

    I would make the watermark smaller so it doesn’t impact on the photograph and use you full name because it’s claiming copyright. But initials would be OK if it’s a distinctive mark – like your own personal trade mark.

    It’s an interesting picture. I tend to use black and white, blue tints or sepia for man made things like buildings, but did use sepia for woodland once; that worked.

    I think ii’s good to keep experimenting! I go a few interesting shots yesterday after the rain, but the light wasn’t good. It was poor light the day I took photos in woodland though and I’m really pleased with those, they have gone in a photography contest!

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Ok, yes, since I do not have a personal trademark, it makes sense then to rather put my whole name!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment… it is much appreciated!!! 🙂 **

  2. hmunro

    I love your photo! I’m glad you kept experimenting, because the ghostly image you captured is very interesting indeed. If you wanted, you could trim a bit off the left of the frame and shave a hair off the top and bottom. This might tighten up your composition a bit and make all of the “heavy” elements in your frame work a little harder. (But that’s just my uneducated opinion, so take it with a grain of salt!) As for your watermark: I agree with Mike 10613 that it’s perhaps a bit too large and thus distracts from your image. Otherwise, I like it very much — it’s distinctive and adds an element of elegance to your images. And please keep shooting. I love your images!

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you so much for the advice – – – uneducated or not, I’m taking note!!! – – – It seems I have a few things to reconsider with the watermark, but its great!!! Maybe I’ll do a repost of my ‘ghost tree’, of course with a few adjustments!!! Thank you so much for the compliment!! 😀 **

  3. hannahrileytoo

    The photograph is lovely, but honestly I don’t like the initial at all. You should do your copyright name in small letters in a corner, perhaps, like this guy does:

    Just a suggestion. LOOOOVVVEEE the pic!

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      The overall impression seems to go smaller & to use my full name!! I took a look at the link (thank you for the example!)… I’ll work on the watermark a bit more – – – maybe the next attempt will be more successful!!! Thanks for commenting!!! 🙂 **

  4. Lloyd

    This is a beautiful photo. The dichotomy between the left and the right side of the photograph makes for a very compelling image. The left is very ethereal and pleasant, while the right side is very hard and cold. The pic sparks the viewers imagination as to why the fence is there and why are the inhabitants on the right not allowed to enjoy the beauty on the left. Excellent job.
    In regards to watermarks, my philosophy as an amateur photographer is that it is free advertising. Once the photo is out on the web, I really can’t stop them people from using it. So I try to make it as legible, but inconspicuous as possible. I don’t want to distract too much from the image, but if they like what they see, I do want to point them my way.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. ambientimages

    Interesting shot. I’d prefer it if the sky had some detail to it but it looks a bit like the orthochromatic films of a century ago, where the blues were always burned out because the film was very blue sensitive.

    As for watermarks – they are anything you like. The sort you have put there would be to prevent theft of the image but it also detracts severely from the image. As you probably noticed on my large format blog, for things I post here I just trust in the honesty of my visitors since I don’t think there is much point in displaying pictures I have tried hard to make good if I then deface them with a watermark.

  6. Distan Bach

    Hi Xandre,
    Firstly, thanks for stopping by and having a look at my blog. Obviously, it let me find you too!
    Secondly, my view on watermarks echo what others have said above. Your watermark is your advertisement. Photos are more than the subject in the frame, they speak to who you are as a photographer. Your composition, your vision, your perspective. That’s what makes a picture unique to you. It follows then that you should promote your name so others can find you easily (it helps to have a rare name too). So, whilst I personally really like the ‘feel’ of your X watermark, perhaps you might consider redesigning your name into a smaller, more discreet water/wordmark. Just my 2 cents worth.
    Anyway, keep shooting and I look forward to visiting again.

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you so much Distan!!! I agree with you – – – & I think that’s why I’m having trouble with this (besides the fact that I’m not sure what the “rules” are that regards this issue)… I have not found/designed something that I feel is ME!!! But, I’ll keep on working on it until I’ve found that ‘right’ feeling!!! Thanks for the insight!! It is much appreciated!!! 🙂 **

  7. laurenbarkume

    I never used to have watermarks on my image (because it detracted), however I have since then found several photos which have been reblogged on tumblr- usually starting out with credit and a link to me, and then subsequently saved and reblogged without credit- and thousands of times. I just found an image which was changed to black and white and into a gif and reblogged +16,000 times on tumblr. It would be really awesome if all those people knew I was the photographer. Because of this, I now watermark all my images- full name (you want them to find you don’t you?), in the corner but not so far that it is easy to cut off ( Once something is out there on the internet, you can’t take it back.

    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thanks for the example Lauren!!! That is what I’m afraid of 😦 … Although I am super amateur, I really don’t want my photographs being spread without being acknowledged… In a way I feel that if someone really wants to use a pic, they can just ask & I’ll remove the watermark for them (depending on what they want to use it for of course!!)?? I know it degrades the photo, but then again (as Distan points out), it is my advertisement!!!

      Thanks for giving me yet another perspective on the whole watermark issue!! Much appreciated!! 🙂 **

  8. Martina

    I really like the look and feel of your photograph. I’m realizing I need a better watermark too. I just reduce the image quality in half before posting. Thanks for visiting my site. I plan to come back to see your work.


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