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michael ellis

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Wetland forest, South Carolina
« on: December 16, 2016, 02:33:59 pm »

I am pretty happy with this right now and I would really like to hear what others think so please comment.
Thanks,
Michael
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 03:04:48 pm »

Very nice tonality. I have a sense it is a bit tilted?

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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 03:55:29 pm »

A very unusual visual effect, but quite effective.
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2016, 04:33:17 pm »

Very nice tonality. I have a sense it is a bit tilted?

The effect goes away for me if i crop the RHS to a square format. i think maybe the visual mass of the tree ? or maybe i am leaning to avoid hitting it as i paddle through  ;)
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2016, 04:40:27 pm »

So often, we think of these southern swamps being dark and dreary; this is a significant departure, almost whimsical.

I'd be inclined to remove the stick in the bottom right. It may be factual but, given the artistic interpretation of this image, it is distracting (as are all of the little twiggy bits on the right).
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2016, 06:44:22 pm »

pictorical effect (I image a strong PP work) that works IMHO very well.
excellent and pleasurable (apart the enormous watermark).
all the best,
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2016, 07:03:40 pm »

Very nice tonality. I have a sense it is a bit tilted?


Hi Slobodan-


I kept it pretty high key. I don't think it is tilted. I usually have a pretty good sense of plumb and level and it didn't feel "out" when I shot this. Thank you for commenting.


Michael
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2016, 07:18:09 pm »

A very unusual visual effect, but quite effective.


Hi Eric-


Thank you for your comment. It was periodically overcast that day and this scene (and several others that day) were unusual in that the dynamic range was pretty limited, even with sky in the frame. When I checked focus for this frame I thought something was wrong with my camera and started checking settings, lens connections etc. to see why it looked so odd and different. I finally realized that it was a short dynamic range recorded towards the bright end of things. I kept that look rather than expanding the tonal range as I would usually want to do.


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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2016, 07:26:45 pm »

So often, we think of these southern swamps being dark and dreary; this is a significant departure, almost whimsical.

I'd be inclined to remove the stick in the bottom right. It may be factual but, given the artistic interpretation of this image, it is distracting (as are all of the little twiggy bits on the right).


Hi Terry-


Thank you for your comment. The bane of the photographer in many natural areas is the messiness of those places. Well, that and trash you can't get to to remove. I try to work with and around what is there so haven't done much of such removal and am curious as to how you would accomplish what are, to me, large scale changes. I have some experience and know the tools are in photoshop but clone tool? content aware fill? It sure seems like a lot of work to me, although I have more than one photo that, if I could only get rid of.... something, it could be a good one.


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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2016, 07:32:01 pm »

pictorical effect (I image a strong PP work) that works IMHO very well.
excellent and pleasurable (apart the enormous watermark).
all the best,
sandro


Hi Sandro-


Thank you for your comments. While I did spend a fair amount of time in Lightroom and Photoshop trying different things with this photo, for this interpretation I just bumped exposure, shadows, and clarity a bit.
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2016, 07:50:28 am »

So often, we think of these southern swamps being dark and dreary; this is a significant departure, almost whimsical.

Completely agree. Nicely captured and processed IMHO.
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2016, 02:55:03 am »

Very likeable. I might try increasing the saturation of the leaves a tad.

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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2016, 02:09:07 pm »

Really great image
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2016, 06:25:14 am »

I have looked at this image a few times.
I must confess that to me the image looks a bit underdone.
To me it needs just a tad more contrast and saturation.
I get that this is a season-to-taste scenario and plenty commentators have indicated they like the image as is.

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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2016, 07:49:49 am »

Good high key effect.

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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2016, 07:38:25 pm »

I have looked at this image a few times.
I must confess that to me the image looks a bit underdone.
To me it needs just a tad more contrast and saturation.
I get that this is a season-to-taste scenario and plenty commentators have indicated they like the image as is.

Tony Jay


Hi Tony-


Thank you for commenting. I have really had to restrain myself to keep the high key effect. I have tried expanding the tonal range, adding contrast and saturation but that changes the "feeling" of the photo to me and I really like this take on it.


Sincerely,


Michael
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2016, 07:40:15 pm »

Thank you to everyone who took a look and especially to those who took the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate the feedback from the folks here.


Sincerely,


Michael
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Re: Wetland forest, South Carolina
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2016, 08:57:15 pm »


Hi Tony-


Thank you for commenting. I have really had to restrain myself to keep the high key effect. I have tried expanding the tonal range, adding contrast and saturation but that changes the "feeling" of the photo to me and I really like this take on it.


Sincerely,


Michael
Hi Michael,

There is no doubt that actually "being there" always makes a huge difference.
I think that you indicating that you tried various options - none of which worked - is great.
I am content that my suggestions do not add to the image or the feel of the image that you trying to convey.

I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Tony Jay
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