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Been pretty busy with college lately so aint had much chance to take any shots (or anything else for tat matter!!) But i managed to spend a short while in the back garden last weekend!...

Picture is a close up of a plant that crawls up one of our walls...it looks great this time of year! tho i think iv caught it a little late as ya can see some the leaves begining to blacken already!

Anyhow, please enjoy!

Hope to have lots more pics from Madrid after the weekend!

Take care!!
Alan

Camera:Olympus SP560-uz
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Autumn Crawler
Username:Alan86 Alan86
Uploaded:14 Oct 2008 - 5:00 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2008 - 11:55 PM

Wasn't entirely sure if there was enough in this photo to make it a 'keeper'. However, perhaps an uplift in contrast, saturation and sharpness could give it some impact. I've uploaded a mod for you.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2008 - 10:49 AM

Wonderful colours, Alan. Looks like something in my garden.

CB's mod is a good example of what you can do with your existing photo, but I thought I'd add a re-shooting tip as well.

I think your images of these leaves could become more interesting and maybe even more "arty" if you used a wide aperture (low f number) and focused on one leaf, with other leaves more behind it, instead of using the viewpoint you chose for this shot. What I mean, is in effect trying to make one leaf the star of the show and have others behind it, but blurred. To make that happen you would have to get mainly one leaf in your viewfinder, but also shoot more or less across it to show others in the background.

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Alan86
Alan86  5 Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2008 - 11:05 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!...As much as i love when people are complimenting a photo, I always love to hear some constructive critism too!

Love wat you did in the Mod CB!...it really does add some Punch to it!..

Thanks for the advice too conrad!...Ill try out your suggestions if i get a chance before the leaves are gone gone!... lol

Thanks Again for the comments!...Really appriciate them!
Alan

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1587 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2008 - 12:02 AM

Hello, Alan. Virginia Creeper is so beautiful at this time of year, at its best, but will deteriorate and fall very quickly, so you did well to get these colours. I like the way the leaves are large on the left and fall away, getting smaller, to the right. You could enhance this effect by getting even closer and using perspective like this, having some very large and pretty leaves in your foreground. Because I like everything in focus, I would use a small aperture (high f-stop) but Conrad's idea is equally as effective, sometimes even more so. In my second mod, I have tried to digitally emulate the effect of this "shallow depth of field" just to show you what it might look like.
In my first mod, I cropped off the right of the image because the leaves were beginning to "go over" in that spot. Then I took the black background around the leaves nearest to the edge and enhanced the other existing black areas to match. I like this kind of edge, but it's a personal choice. Then I lightened the picture, deepened the highlights, painted some colour back into a few selected leaves, saturated the colours, added some contrast, sharpening and a frame. Hope you like my efforts. I was out today taking some shots of this creeper, I keep watching to see the colours changing. Fortunately, I am friendly with the owner of the house.
Pamela.

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Alan86
Alan86  5 Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 11:40 PM

Thanks Pamela!..great mods too!...
I had hoped to try out some of your ideas before it was too late, however when i looked out today there was but one leave left! Grin
Theres always next year sure!....

Thanks again for all the advice!...may not have been the best photo to begin with but iv learnt a lot from all of you!

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2008 - 1:07 AM

How goes it ALan ?
Well there's plenty of advice above its all been siad.
Hope Madrid went well for you.
Talk to you.
Aidan.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1587 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2008 - 12:13 AM

I did warn you that they drop quickly. But you could always make a collage of the fallen ones, lol.

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