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The Art of Photography => User Critiques => Topic started by: JNB_Rare on September 10, 2018, 11:58:48 pm

Title: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 10, 2018, 11:58:48 pm
I was standing in the front yard waiting for a friend to pick me up to go to lunch, when I spied a desiccated hosta leaf on the front walk. It looked so interesting that I popped it up onto the front porch to save for later. I took a few pics this evening.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 11, 2018, 12:00:42 am
This is the reverse side of the leaf.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 11, 2018, 12:11:23 am
This is a fine set.
I prefer the front side images. The contrast between front and back (or inside and outside) is lovely.

Eric
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 11, 2018, 08:51:13 am
Thanks, Eric. The leaf reminded me a bit of shell. I found both sides fascinating, but the structure was more apparent 'looking in'.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: 32BT on September 11, 2018, 08:59:36 am
Interesting leaf indeed. How much more background is available? Might be good for a larger, "negative space" composition.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: Telecaster on September 11, 2018, 04:23:06 pm
Lovely leaf. I'd also try some more spacious exposures with it.

-Dave-
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: John R on September 11, 2018, 05:57:03 pm
Wonderful. A leaf that models.

JR
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 11, 2018, 10:05:02 pm
Interesting leaf indeed. How much more background is available? Might be good for a larger, "negative space" composition.

The background is a small, flat rock that I stole from the garden (hopefully small enough that my wife doesn't notice). The stem of the leaf is actually quite long and unattractive. But I get your point about a more spacious composition.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: Bob_B on September 12, 2018, 08:31:57 am
Very nice. I like the lighting on the second photo; the way the leaf's center glows is quite lovely.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: RSL on September 12, 2018, 09:08:15 am
Very nice, John. It proves once again that photographing is nothing; looking is everything.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: armand on September 12, 2018, 01:46:55 pm
Are these focus stacks?
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 12, 2018, 01:58:03 pm
Are these focus stacks?

Yes, my first attempt, and it's something I need more practice with. F/8 (even in Micro 4/3) wouldn't cover the full depth of field, and I didn't want to use a smaller aperture than that. I launched LR multiple shots into layers in PS, then aligned, then merged (automatically). I haven't played with all the options, and I've read opinions that other software packages may do a better job. Always something new to learn!
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: armand on September 13, 2018, 11:33:36 pm
Yes, my first attempt, and it's something I need more practice with. F/8 (even in Micro 4/3) wouldn't cover the full depth of field, and I didn't want to use a smaller aperture than that. I launched LR multiple shots into layers in PS, then aligned, then merged (automatically). I haven't played with all the options, and I've read opinions that other software packages may do a better job. Always something new to learn!

I figured, there are some stitching errors around the leaf in few shots, something I'm familiar with as I get them often.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on September 14, 2018, 02:27:36 am
The first set is wonderful. I wish you hadnít cropped the edge of the leaf.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: JNB_Rare on September 14, 2018, 07:41:29 am
I figured, there are some stitching errors around the leaf in few shots, something I'm familiar with as I get them often.

There must be a way to avoid this either with 'options' that I didn't try, or perhaps different software. Otherwise, all I can think of would be tedious fiddling with the automatically created masks in the stack. I just haven't found the time to research it and test.
Title: Re: Leaf
Post by: armand on September 14, 2018, 02:30:32 pm
There must be a way to avoid this either with 'options' that I didn't try, or perhaps different software. Otherwise, all I can think of would be tedious fiddling with the automatically created masks in the stack. I just haven't found the time to research it and test.

With a simple subject with clear lines like these you can play with the masks and shouldn't be that difficult should you desire to fix it. With more complex subjects it's a huge headache, I'm still not sure how the others find the time or the patience to do it.