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A Wild Grass

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Jun 2011 - 8:18 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.9
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Caught by the Light
Username:KatyJ KatyJ
Uploaded:24 Jun 2011 - 2:17 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Grasses
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Newdawei
Newdawei  3 China
24 Jun 2011 - 2:37 PM

Very beautiful light and good composition.
Chen Yuanwei

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strokebloke
24 Jun 2011 - 3:16 PM

Katy,
Your title is perfect for what you've presented. Well done.
I'm not sure whether it's just me & my old eyes, but the more I look at it, the lighter the BG seems to become - it is almost as if light is streaming into the composition. I like the two black diagonal twigs (?) cutting through your grass heads. They contrast nicely.
It's possible that a slightly smaller crop might work, so that the heads are not 'dwarfed' in the shot, but for me, this is a very good well composed shot with nicely subdued tones. If you want to try the crop, try 1/2 inch off the top & left hand side & 1 inch off the bottom.

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carmenfuchs
24 Jun 2011 - 4:16 PM

I like it as is. It's wonderful. =)

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strokebloke
24 Jun 2011 - 4:52 PM

Kate, looking at it again, I'd leave it exactly as it is. Wink Splendid

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2011 - 6:19 PM

Lovely composition Katy. Well done
Alvar

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ams99 Junior Member 365 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2011 - 6:34 PM

I'd leave it as it is too. Delicate and intriguing. Good shot.

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Jestertheclown
24 Jun 2011 - 9:48 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I wouldn't do much to it either. I certainly wouldn't change the composition.
Having said that, however (!) I've uploaded a mod. in which I've de-saturated the green slightly and brightened the rest using curves which has increased the dark moodiness of the shot.
I also sharpened it.
It's not intended to be an improvement, more of an alternative.
Hope it's OK.

Bren.

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KatyJ
KatyJ  5 England
25 Jun 2011 - 10:42 AM

Thank you everyone. Bren I like your suggestions and am going to use them and compare. I find it hard to compare on here as I can't see them both at the same time. Katy

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Canonshots
25 Jun 2011 - 10:54 AM

This is the kind of shot I have been trying to get right whenever the opportunity presents itself, which is not very often. I think you have got it exactly right; not only that but a tighter crop would provide a different, but equally good image. The dark bacckground suits it perfectly to my mind, whether it be cropped or not.

Have you considered converting it to monochrome? Not that there is anything wrong with doing it in colour, but mono would present a different take on the same thing. It's a lovely image anyway.

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KatyJ
KatyJ  5 England
25 Jun 2011 - 11:11 AM

Just about to play with it Canon so will have a go at mono too.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2011 - 5:42 PM

Very simple and compositionally and technically well done. I would simply leave it alone - not earth shattering in impact, but indicative of knowledge and skill.

Paul

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