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A late afternoon walk along the canal at Frampton,Gloucester provided some glorious opportunities in the setting sunlight.
This teasel head was being lit from the side so I exposed for this.
I did some editing in Photoshop CS3 using levels and desaturated slightly, with a small use of sharpening.
Any comments welcome

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-70.0 mm f/2.8-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Mar 2012 - 8:37 PM
Focal Length:34mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Spring Teasel
Username:mikewatson mikewatson
Uploaded:16 Mar 2012 - 8:00 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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pamelajean Critique Team 8827 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 8:21 PM

Thankyou for the detailed information about what you did with the image, Mike.
It's a good subject and you have isolated it well.
I feel it is still too dark and that there is a lot of detail being lost because of this.
I am surprised that you desaturated it. A black and white image would have worked well, but I feel it needs that bit of colour that is naturally present, especially considering the white background.
I have done a modification where I brightened the teasel, adjusted levels, increased saturation, sharpened, cropped and added canvas to the left. I also used Colour Balance to remove some of the blue.
In my second modification I mirrored the image, and gave it more of a tilt.
I had a bit of fun with a third mod, giving it a background.

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17 Mar 2012 - 9:08 PM

Thanks Pamela for the constructive comments, I will consider these on my next visit to try and improve the composition.
I really do enjoy my photography and am always striving to do better.
You need to get honest critique like this to go that extra mile.
Thanks again

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