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I leave the choice of title to you.......although it is an image of two halves, I think it does work as a whole but I'd appreciate any opinion offered on that score.
It was taken last evening when I squelched in my wellies for an hour or so through the woods in Pollok Country Park.
And there's not a Spanish Invader in sight.

My thanks to all who commented on my Spanish Invader image and I offer special thanks to Ann {pluckyfilly} for her User Award which is much appreciated.

Ronnie.

PS: the image is cropped top and bottom from the original, has had shadows lightened slightly and highlights marginally subdued. Taken on a tripod at 1/10 sec. Otherwise as captured in camera. Although it was sunny, the sun did not reach the forest floor and the lighting was even. There has been some loss of contrast on uploading this image.......it looks a more vibrant on my Mac.

Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon DX 18-200mm.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:22mm.
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash:No
White Balance:Auto.
Title:"The Forest Floor in May" or "A Picture of Two Halves"
Username:RonnieAG RonnieAG
Uploaded:13 May 2014 - 12:06 AM
Tags:Bluebells, Ferns., Glasgow, Landscape / travel, North wood, Pollok country park
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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
13 May 2014 - 12:10 AM

Beautiful scene Ron, a fine composition,
Fred.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 12:34 AM

You will know I don't give critiques Ronnie but as this is the reason for your upload here I do feel obligated to give one !!
The ''half and half'' does not bother me but the tree trunk at the left does.I feel it gives the pic a bit of an ''unbalanced'' look but I know it would be too much to expect having another tree trunk at the right to even things out.
Just my opinion my good friend and I do feel that anyone uploading in the critigue gallery must be disappointed if every comment was ''great shot'' !!
Mick.

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 12:59 AM

Never tire of these beautiful scenes of bluebell woods. Like Mike what what do I know about critique. I only know what I like.
Peter.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 1:00 AM

I'm not sure Ronnie. But I may have tried making a square crop by cropping off the right side til square. I do like the green branches against the black shadow.

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nonur
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13 May 2014 - 4:47 AM

I agree about the two halves, Ronnie. You coudl make two out of one.

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 6:41 AM

A lovely woodland scene Ronnie, very nice indeed. Hopefully the bluebells will still be around the week after next as I am away over the border to support my wife and friends who are walking the West Highland Way. I have failed miserably to get a decent bluebell shot this year and I'm hoping to remedy that whilst in Scotland.

Andy

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:10 AM

love the comp ronnie wonderful colours and tones works for me a belter nice one Wink
andy

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:13 AM

Your two halves could make a fine Triptych?
I do like to be different too.

Dougie

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:19 AM

I very much like what I see and that's the most important thing about an image. Beautifully presented. Smile

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:25 AM

They gave up on me in art classes at school, Ronnie and the only 'balance' I know about is on a bicycle Wink
I just like looking at your Bluebells on the forest floor. The rest is a backdrop to this woodland 'stage' Smile

Simon

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CarolG
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13 May 2014 - 7:43 AM

A fine crop and presentation, Ronnie. Carol

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:44 AM

My only suggestion is a slight crop on the left of the image, just before the fern, like the image though RonnieSmile

Cliff

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 8:26 AM

No matter what the title, the image speaks for itself and it is a beautiful capture and presentation, Ronnie.

Ray

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ali63
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13 May 2014 - 9:23 AM

A beautiful carpet of Bluebells it works for me SmileSmile

Ali

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WhiteRose1
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13 May 2014 - 9:42 AM

I have no problem with the composition, Ronnie. The trunk on the left provides an anchor/hinge and a diagonal balance to the horizontal nature of the image. The fern on the trunk is well placed on a third as well. The image is bright and vibrant on my monitor, I wouldn't want it 'turned up' any more, and the darks in the trees give it all a lovely depth. I'd be well pleased if I'd taken this.

Dave

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 10:15 AM

I like it Ronnie, if I had been there I would have captured it exactly like you have...I like the tree on the left...

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rontear
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13 May 2014 - 11:02 AM

Time of year Ronnie, coloured natureSmile
Ron

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 12:41 PM

I think sometimes with this type of woodland shot ' less is more ' Ronnie.
I would go for a crop on the RH side to tighten the scene up a little. It may be a bluebell scene but the fern and stump are major elements in this, so the crop places them better in the frame for me.
I have done a mod to show what I mean to see what you think, I have made a slight levels adj too.
Brian.

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CaroleS
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13 May 2014 - 12:59 PM

My only comment would be that my eye is drawn to the space on the left of the tree. The fern is on the third and does balance the comp, the colours and light are spot on in my opinion. Having tried to get some woodland bluebell shots, I know it is far from easy - I like this one!
Carole

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sweetpea62
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13 May 2014 - 2:01 PM

A beautiful carpet of blue Ronnie..Lin

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TrevBatWCC
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13 May 2014 - 3:01 PM

Well worth squelching about in your wellies for, Ronnie! A nicely composed and presented shot, showing that lovely carpet of bluebells in their environment - works for me SmileSmile
Trev Smile

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lifesnapper
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13 May 2014 - 5:28 PM

The Ferns really do break up the Blue very nicely Ronnie, making it an even better composition. A lovely image.

John Smile

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danbrann
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13 May 2014 - 5:55 PM

Classic Spring Ronnie. Superb.

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pluckyfilly
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13 May 2014 - 6:41 PM

I love this picture it's natural and the woodland is not dense enough to take the eye from the main subject - being bluebells!
You mention this being in 2 halves but without the trees it would not work in the same way, I think you have the colour exactly right - my congrats Ronnie

I like giving critique, much better than just great pictureWink I would like to be a judge of competitions but I am not brave enough when it comes to speaking publiclySmile

Last Modified By pluckyfilly at 13 May 2014 - 6:42 PM

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digital_boi
13 May 2014 - 7:11 PM

bejaysus a tripod and willies on the dark side good god man this is gettin serious if it had been twa hoffs and an a pint I maybe could have commented hic!, but its nae. So am giving ye a mod which is nae better that yer original, but ye asked fer wan so ye got it TongueWink

Like it Ronnie good saturation and natural colours

Graham

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 7:52 PM

One of the best Bluebell Wood images I have seen on here. You have captured the blue perfectly ~ not easy.

Albert

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 8:18 PM

Hi Ronnie.

Sorry for the delay in the CT getting to this, - it appeared to be a regular upload with all these comments!

What browser are you using on the Mac ( iMac?), this could be causing a difference in how you see the uploaded image. On our iMac, I dare not use Safari because it doesnt render images on EPZ quite like Firefox with colour management enabled.

It does seem to have lost sharpness, as Im sure the original is a lot crisper, - its quite soft. Its not unacceptably soft, but it needs to be sharper.

Apart from that, I would prefer more exposure, - its a little under. It works as it is if the intended effect is a dark image, but brighter works too, though it has a different mood.

I can see why Brian cropped it; i tried a crop off the left, as I think that trunk is rather dominant, but it looks like what you have works best without taking the shot over again.

The mod is simply sharper, with an increase in exposure.


regards


Willie

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13 May 2014 - 10:10 PM

Ronnie, most things have been said, this is a lovely images that makes you feel like perhaps the cold had gone and new life begins....


Paul.

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dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2014 - 10:51 PM

Looks vibrant and contrasty on my screen (PC and Firefox).

This is an image where 'half and half' looks fine. A crop to obey the 'thirds' results in a less appealing image. The fern and trunk on the left prevent the whole image being half and half and provide a nice focal point, and the fern is on a third if we want to go that route!

Nice one.

Keith

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2014 - 7:20 AM

Really like the inclusion of the green foliage and placement of the fern off centre. It balances the image well. It also compliments the blue very well. What a wonderful carpet of blue. Worth the wellies trek. Great work Ronnie. paul

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15 May 2014 - 6:36 PM

Ronnie this is a lovely shot showing the extent of the bluebells and their lovely habitat. I also don't believe there is a wrong and a right way - I believe the idea is to see and capture something that makes a statement - in this case a joyful one. I would have made a second picture with some of the right side trimmed away to give a more classic composition and let people choose - and I bet you would have received a wide spectrum of opinion! A

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15 May 2014 - 9:57 PM

A very fine composition Ronnie, I like it just the way it isSmile

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viscostatic
23 May 2014 - 7:13 PM

A beautiful woodland composition Ronnie.

Phil.

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