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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:37 pm

Where the limb broke off the cherry tree. Suggestions very welcome. Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:44 am

The lines and tonalities are quite nice, and for a nature abstract, I think you chose the right composition. There is something odd about the file though, an excessive amount of noise or grain, and something sort of unfocused that's more on the lower left. I am not sure what it is, but you may want to look at this one large/onscreen to see what you think. It looks like you may have cropped in too far, or over sharpened, or simply compressed it to too small a file for uploading here. Good potential and well spotted.
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Post by Psjunkie » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:56 am

I couldn't figure out how to describe my thoughts about this image but minniev said it perfectly....

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Post by rmalarz » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:27 pm

Minnie echoed my sentiments almost to a point.
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Post by minniev » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:37 pm

PS - If you can't figure out what the issue is, pop the original into dropbox and post a link and we faithful sleuths will help you figure it ou!
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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:14 am

Minnie, Frank,Bob,

Thanks for looking, puzzling and commenting. I sorta lost track of what I was doing last night: sharpening, denoising, converting to b&w, so I doubt it's worth the effort to retrace and reconstruct.

We took care of the grandson again today and I took some more photos. Here are two. In the first, I waited patiently for the ant to crawl to the tip of the top branch, but no such luck.

The second is sooc so you can see the scene. The stump is in the crotch of the tree and is at a very challenging angle. The tree is on a slight hillock so I am always in danger of tumbling back on my tush. And I wrestle with the tripod in tortured configurations. The sun light comes in from behind, so I put a large piece of gray gym flooring for a backdrop; otherwise there would be scattered blown highlights. Since what I am shooting is in relative darkness I have to use auto focus. And to get as much dof as possible I shoot between f/8 and f/18, with the camera on a timer to prevent shake.

All suggestions welcome, including fugedaboutit.

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Post by minniev » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:41 pm

The light is beautiful on that leaf in the first one Matt. Something worries me about the image that I have trouble with too, and I hope someone more knowledgeable than me will respond. I never seem satisfied when I have something in the forefront of the main subject that is out of focus, like the front of that rolled up leaf that's right in front of the beautiful glowing leaf. Yet, if you'd focused on the rolled up leaf, the pretty and nicely lit leaf would have been OOF. There probably wouldn't be a way to blend too images here (there wouldn't for me anyway). There appears to be no angle that lets you avoid the problem by getting the rolled up leaf out of the frame. What to do? I'd have done as you did, but it still would have worried me. I have the same issues with flowers where I"ve allowed the fronts to blur in favor of getting the center in sharp focus.

On the stump, I think you probably could go back to the original and process it less fiercely, with a similar crop (you had the composition crop just right), or reshoot from closer to get a bigger file of just the target area to work with - bigger always holds up to processing better.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:58 pm

Thanks Minnie. I'll take another look at the original file of the stump and be less aggressive. Matt
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