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Photo taken in Soldotna, Alaska on a hike.

Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Fading Glory
Username:RavenTepes RavenTepes
Uploaded:20 Oct 2009 - 3:34 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 10:08 AM

Doesn't work for me, I'm afraid: I just can't see what's going on. The background is nicely blurred but the foreground and background still rather merge into one another because there's little tonal distinction between them. The yellow leaves in the corner attract much more attention than the material in the centre so I think it would be more effective to go for a square crop to get rid of them.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 2:22 PM

Hello, Raven. I agree with David about the background. What a shame, because the subject is interesting, with the curl of the very dried central leaves, and your shallow depth-of-field is good. It's always worth looking around for a better background, less fussy and less intrusive to your subject. Also, you have plenty of space either side, but too little top and bottom, with the leaves touching the frame edges. I had a go at a modification. I cropped both sides, added canvas top and bottom, and added leaf ends. I deepened shadows so that the background became much darker, and increased highlights to try to make the leaves stand out more, then adjusted levels. My second modification shows the background selected and blurred more, for further separation, and some enhanced saturation and sharpening on just the leaves.
Pamela.

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