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Tried to make feel like a High Key shot ....... actually it was shot at correct metering for the sky for a Silhouette.......... , then blown the visible sky by Photo shop.......Expecting Feed backs dear Professionals.......Smile
Madhu.......Smile

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikor 55-200mm VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Jul 2012 - 9:00 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Thorns on Thorns
Username:madhoosphotography madhoosphotography
Uploaded:18 Nov 2012 - 1:02 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 3:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the image, and also your title, Madhu. You have a strong silhouette, and the caterpillar is fairly obvious. It's interesting because if the caterpillar were the same size as the stem, the configuration of the spines and thorns would be very similar. I also like the diagonal of the stem.
You say that you "blew the visible sky by PhotoShop" and this is a good way to strengthen a silhouette like this, it works well.
You also say that you "tried to make it feel like a High Key shot" whereas I would just class it as an excellent silhouette. In painting and in photography, the "key" of an image is the overall tendency of its tone scheme towards brightness or darkness. When the key is bright, the image is high-key, and when it is dark, the image is low-key. However, an image which is pitched in a high-key overall but which has strong elements of dark contrast (like yours) may be considered high-key, but it may be more proper to consider it as using high-key technique in combination with a high-contrast graphic style.
Generally speaking, a high key image has delicate tones, pastel colours, and looks ethereal or dream-like. It will have low contrast between the light and dark areas, and will be mainly made up of light tones, with relatively few mid-tones or shadows, a light image that is intentionally lacking in shadow detail.
Your caterpillar is situated in the top left of the frame, and is moving towards the left, out of the frame. It would be better if, at the time of shooting, you could have given it more space to move into, i.e. more space on the left and less on the right. You should always consider the path of moving subjects and, generally, leave space in front of them. If the composition overall would have suffered, then you can sometimes get away with breaking the rules.
But using the Rule of Thirds can usually produce a more interesting image. Before you snap a picture, imagine your picture area divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four options for placing the centre of interest for good composition. The option you select depends upon the subject and how you would like that subject to be presented. Itís a guide. First, learn about it, understand it, compose according to it, and then you can make an intelligent decision when it can be ignored.
I have done a modification where I cropped the right side to give more prominence to your subject, the caterpillar, and then used Levels to make the background completely white, whereas it's a little grey at the moment. Again, to give the caterpillar more prominence, I cloned out the heavy black part of the stem top left.
My second modification is simply the first modification mirrored, to show the caterpillar moving towards the right. Because we read from left to right, we tend to respond better to an image with its subject moving in the same direction.
Pamela.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104233 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 3:56 PM

great silhouette...might be worth cloning out the large `branch' at the top left to give more sky for the 'pillar to crawl in to?

will try a mod when I have a moment Smile

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 4:01 PM

I cannot add any more to PamelaJean's and Cats_123's comments. This is definately a sillouette and I think your photography is excellent. Well done.

Eric

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10979 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2981 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 5:47 PM

Nicely done, with good mods.


Regards


Willie

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 9:07 PM

Well I'm glad you uploaded this image because I've learned a lot from Pamelajean's comments.
Not being a Professional, I can't add anything else of value, so I'm learning as much as here
especially about what defines a High Key image.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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madhoosphotography

My very Special thanks to Dear Pamela for those informations you delivered here.....and those modifications are really wonderful thanks a lot dear Pamela........SmileSmileSmile
MadhuSmileSmileSmileSmile

Last Modified By madhoosphotography at 19 Nov 2012 - 1:31 PM

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Thank u Dear Cats_123,Eric,Willie....and Dear Kate( I Shl'd Thank u all for giving such a great support and being very much informative..........)............SmileSmileSmile
MadhuSmileSmileSmile

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