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No idea what this plant is called, just seemed to be very very bright and green and was in front of where I was shooting... so got a shot of it

Any ideas?

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:17
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wierd Weed
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:19 Jun 2008 - 8:02 PM
Tags:Architecture, Canal, Ferrybridge, Landscape / travel, Strange plant
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newty1
newty1  8 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 - 8:04 PM

great shot

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wamp
wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 8:13 PM

No ideas Smile, but they contrast well with the industrial building behind

Sean

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Scott_Scot
19 Jun 2008 - 8:30 PM

Class mate, ... Class !!! Smile


Scotty

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pmorgan
pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 8:30 PM

Cracking work Ade, I guess you did this:

1 - Go out at or just before sunset -

2 - use a 17-40 on FF or 10-20 on crop frame cameras

3 - fit polariser and 5 stops of ND grad

4 - get your tripod very low so a rock/branch/grass tuffet/puddle/rocky outcrop occupies the foreground and looks abnormally large

5 - take your shot with the 5 stops of ND grad covering the sky, make sure it's about 1 stop underexposed (use F16 of course) - look at the histogram after the shot, if the highest part of the curve is touching the right hand side, knock your shutter speed down a bit

6 - When converting the RAW, push the white balance to 12000-14000K, increase the saturation lots and apply a reasonably steep "S" shape in the curves. this gives it a warm, homely glow, makes the colours stand out and adds mystery.

7 - run a "velvia" action to further enhance the colours

8 - flatten the image, create a duplicate layer over the top of the original image. Set Blend mode to "multiply" and slide the Opacity to about 10-20%. this will really darken the dark bits and make the colours even stronger.

9 - slightly sharpen, focussing mainly on the foreground rock. this draws the eye to the focal point a bit.

10 - save the tiff, put a subtle frame around it - resize, sharpen a little to taste and upload.

Cheers Smile
Paul

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 8:36 PM

Lol @ Paul,(I did read the thread)....worked though..I can't help with the plant name bit it makes a good fg subject.
I didn't realise that Ferrybridge could look so good !

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Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
19 Jun 2008 - 8:39 PM

Paul, you took the words outta my mouth Wink
Good one Ade, I like the similarity between weed and industry yet contrasting colours. Thanks for your forum you created earlier today, I actually learned a lot from it.
Marc

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 10:23 PM

Paul thats funny mate.

Ade - great shot. I like the way that the foreground is bold and striking. Usually this would distract and keep the eye fixed, but, by positioning the camera to get the reflections close and the pilon overhead wires as leads was genius mate. Stunning image well thought out and expertly processed.

Glynn

(Thanks for the advice on my pic, much appreciated).

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RogBrown
RogBrown  73006 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 10:37 PM

Cracking shot Ade. Nice lead-in from the power lines & nice bit of pink in the sky. I like the bit of movement in the weeds - stops it being too ststic.
Rog

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2008 - 10:51 PM

That is a trully brilliant image! No idea about the name of the flowers tho'
Guillaume

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oldbiddy
oldbiddy  8 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 - 10:55 PM

Super colour contrast and super shot

Biddy

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014848 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 12:35 AM

Cheers folks

I think I used a 3 stop grad on this Paul, but otherwise, you're spot on - how on earth did you know Wink

I was actaully teaching someone at the time i took this, was just deomonstrating how grads work and how to set the exposure - was quite amazed that it looked quite good so thought I'd have an edit - here's the result

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stevieb
stevieb  102994 forum posts Panama2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 12:40 AM

Pah..smarty pants Smile OK..30 it is. Smile

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 12:40 AM

Love the reflections and the pretty weed ...... pleasure to be #30

gill

I clicked before Stevieb but he obviously types faster Wink

Last Modified By GillyB at 20 Jun 2008 - 12:42 AM

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starliz
starliz  101594 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 12:51 AM

well its good actually really good,like the splash of colour and lines leading from the pylons.

was going to sit and clone out those electric pylons for you Ade but I thought you might moan Smile

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014848 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 12:55 AM

but you'd end up with a pylon-less power station! Wink

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 - 5:43 AM

Beautifully composed and captured Ade,,
ian

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 6:57 AM

I think it might be a power plant Ade.

Dougie

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javam
javam e2 Member 101083 forum postsjavam vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2008 - 11:25 AM

I like the contrast and composition Ade, but I am finding it lacking a sharp focal point. The power station elements are too dark or indistinct to provide a focal point and the flowers are a little soft (movement or DOF?) end result is I am not sure where I am supposed to be looking.

Neil

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User_Removed
20 Jun 2008 - 1:30 PM

Looks like Angelica, possibly non-native.

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2008 - 6:18 PM

I have always liked your very powerful images,
Johanna

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photodocktor
23 Jun 2008 - 8:52 PM

A cracking image.

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