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Taken this shot of dead wood in small lake in a nature reserve. What I hope to achieve with this image?
Decided to convert the image to B&W to project the dark and cool emotion evoke by death. The little turtle is the ray of hope for life even in the most severe situation.

Suggestion on composition and post-processing techniques are much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:100.0 - 400.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 158.5 - 633.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Nov 2011 - 8:34 AM
Focal Length:275mm
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Where there is water there is life
Username:Benlib Benlib
Uploaded:14 Apr 2013 - 3:45 AM
Tags:B&w, Black & white, Death, Nature
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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
14 Apr 2013 - 4:26 AM

Excelente trabajo.

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 4:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Im having some difficulty figuring out this image. The shutter speed is was too slow for a handheld shot, though you dont say if this is a tripod shot. Theres are some reasonably in focus areas, and some out of focus areas that suggest post processing using a radial filter, but Im not sure if its due to the slow speed.

In any event, the turtle is insignificantly small, and a closer zoom would have been better, The idea is good, - and I like to think of it of the circle of life, as the live turtle depends on the decay to live.

I would appreciate some more information as explained.



Thanks



Willie

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paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 6:10 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very difficult to find the turtle. I would have stayed with colour, but the image is very unsharp and it has to be shake. You must get such images sharp somewhere and this is a result of the very low shutter speed and long lens.

You didn't need f22. For this, f8 would do, up the ISO to at least 200, giving a shutter speed around 1/30. Still not enough, though.

Paul

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Benlib
Benlib e2 Member 2Benlib vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 1:41 AM

Willie, Paul you guys have been great with your comments. Once again thank you - with these comments I am know I will be more conscientious in review my ISO-Aperture-Speed combination after taking shots.

Willie, it is taken with a tripod and you are right to point out the out of focus areas, it is indeed introduce through post-processing. Purpose is to blur out the uninteresting surrounding, a drawing attention to the the 'smallest' turtle Wink

Regards,

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 12:48 PM

This has a dream-like quality that I find attractive, and b&w works for me. (I can imagine that colour would give too many distractions).
The only criticism that I would add to the above is that it isn't straight, it needs to be rotated by several degrees anti-clockwise. The reflections should drop straight down from their subject, the surface streaks of reflected light should be horizontal. Always check reflections with the Grid! I'll try a quick Mod.
Moira

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Benlib
Benlib e2 Member 2Benlib vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 2:00 PM

Hi Moira, thank you very for the suggestion and also uploading the modified version. Certainly better brighter and clearly contrast. I like it. Perhaps I don't have the kind of eyes for great details, as did notice the slight tilt on the original. Thanks for the tip, I shall remember the next time.

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