Friday, March 31, 2006

Lighting in the Forest

I'm curious to hear feedback on this picture. I tried adjusting some of the levels in Photoshop, but didn't like the results, so this is the photo in it's original form. I kept it quite dark because I believed that the beauty of the photograph is the highlights on the leaves. I also tried cropping the picture so that some of the brighter spots in the background were eliminated. My fear was that they draw the eye away from the main point of interest. However, when I cropped it, I found that the subject did not have enough space to "breath". So, as I said, this is the original state of the photo. Any thoughts?


Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

I have been doing photogrpahy for about a year and a half.

Its hard to start off with because your kinda want to take amazing pictures straight away, but keep at it.

The best piece of advice I can give you is take an obscene amount of pictures: When you see something you like take lots of pictures of it from lots of different angles using different settings. When you look back over them your gonna find one or two images you really like and are of good quality: It will also train your "photographic eye".

I read an article in National geogrpahic that said their photogrpahers, on a 4 week excursion, take around 36,000 photos just to get 3-4 pictures that will be published!!

One day soon your gonna take a picture that, when you look at it, your gonna thnik to yourself, wow! did I take that!

I like your images and you talk about them with enthusiasm - which is a major prerequisite.

I will definately come back again.

Keep posting!!!!


PS read a lot of photo magazines - i found it really helped me!!

Sorry for the lond post.

2:51 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

I meant "sorry for the long post"

2:53 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Joy said...

Agreed. Your Dof is good. I like chartruese green in the background, it enhances the deep color of green in your subject.

2:53 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

thanks for the comment tim!

2:57 PM, March 31, 2006  
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6:27 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Wolf said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog!
your off to a good start here!I like this pic, neat the way you captured the suns reflections off the leaves!

10:04 PM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

Adam gave good advice. The benefit of digital photography is that most of your cost is up front. Now you can take 100 shots and throw them all away, if you choose. I think you were right not to crop this any more. For some pictures, divide it into a tic-tac-toe and plan what is in the edge squares. Think about not having the focal point in the center square.

11:33 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like this picture. There is a stillness that resembles the honesty of nature, brutal and yet soft. Brutal in the kind of leaves on the plant and yet soft by the sunlight. The surroundings are cool and inviting. Good pic. Oh yes, I veiwed a few before this one, and you have improved. Love the pic of the boat house and the water.

B.C. is so neat of a place to live and enjoy life. Wish I was back.

4:12 AM, April 01, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

I have noticed a great trait in you. It is that you think a lot about the shot before actually shooting. Thats going to get good results in the future. This image is just one of them.

And I agree with Adam, you just have to take millions of shots and then a few of them will be those masterpieces that you will cherish for your life.

6:42 AM, April 01, 2006  
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