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I was practicing Yoga one morning in my dining room - usually I can cut myself off from the world around me, but suddenly on that morning I noticed the sunlight streaming in through the window and the shadows and patterns on the voile and the floorboards. Very unusually for me, I immediately rolled up my yoga mat and rushed off to get my camera before the light changed.

I took a few shots with my camera on the tripod and this was the best composition.

When I viewed the results I was disappointed that I hadn't been able to capture the scene as I had remembered it at that moment as my intention was to try and convey how I was feeling at that time.

The voile/window area was overexposed but the floorboards were ok. I remembered some advice I had received on an earlier image uploaded to the CG about blending a few images together to get a properly exposed shot (thanks Nick - Sooty), so I decided I may be able to improve on the original image with that approach.

I made three copies of the shot at different exposures and blended them together in Elements. I then added a soft focus effect in Topaz and warmed up the image a little - oh and I added a vignette.

I'd be grateful for any comments, ideas, or mods showing how I could have improved this shot. I've uploaded the original version of the shot.

Also I wonder if I have managed to convey how warm and fuzzy I was feeling that morning..........thank you Yoga!

Thanks All

Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jul 2012 - 10:04 AM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Sunny Morn
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:22 Jul 2012 - 12:51 PM
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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
22 Jul 2012 - 1:42 PM

After uploading I thought the image looked a bit too dark, so I've brightened it up a little and uploaded another version. I feel V2 is the best version.

Cheers

Elaine

Last Modified By WeeGeordieLass at 22 Jul 2012 - 1:46 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2012 - 5:32 PM

Actually prefer v1. Good compositiion and well spotted. Ratther soft - not sure if that is intentiional or a bit of shake from the 1/25 sec. A rather higher ISO woould have been quiite acceptable here.

Pau

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2012 - 9:49 PM

It wasn't the yoga - it was the photography that took you into the zen - like state!

I'm glad I could have helped. I'm not entirely sure if you can do much more with this image. The pic shows how subtly you can blend images for a more harmonious result. It's peaceful and contemplative, though the lampstand is the only real thing that could be a subject and I think the verticals could be corrected. There isn't much to this picture, but there isn't much to dislike either. Well seen.

Nick

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banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2945 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 2:58 AM

Since you are finding a mood thats important to you, then the finished product will be the one that you feel best suits that mood, and not a version which we could suggest.

Some questions come to mind though, based on the description. You say you made 3 copies of the shot, - can I assume this means you made three separate exposures? If so. what does V3 represent, - is it a composite of the three, or the original you didnt like?

I will assume its the original you didnt like, - and for me, technically its the best of the three. The light through the window is somewhat overdone and has had some post processing recovery done in V1 and V2 I think. So its important that you select one of the exposures that handles the brightest light as one of the three, or perhaps take 4 or 5.

The addition of the soft focus and warming tone is entirely in line with a relaxed, warm and fuzzy feeling you may have had, but doesnt add anything to the shot for me.

Whatever the intent, the final result works for you, and is whats important as it achieves your goal.

I will take a look at your original, and see what possibilities, if any, I can come up with in a mod. Might not catch the mood, - but you never know!



regards


Willie

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Jul 2012 - 7:40 PM

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your opinion.

The soft look was intentional - I added the soft focus effect in Topaz. I wanted to try and produce a dreamy effect.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Jul 2012 - 7:44 PM

Hi Nick,

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.

Agree about the verticals - thanks for pointing this out..........I hadn't noticed they weren't straight.........must be still in my zen-like state!!!

It's great to know that you feel I've managed to convey a little of how I was feeling with the image.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
24 Jul 2012 - 7:59 PM

Hi Willie,

V3 is the original. I opened it in Elements and adjusted the levels so that the window area was exposed correctly first and saved this second version. Then I opened the original again and adjusted the exposure so that the voile below the window sill along with the floorboards were exposed correctly, and saved this as version three.

Then I merged the 3 images together in Elements. I'm not very experienced at this, so was pretty pleased with the result.

Thanks for taking the time to do the mods for me. I like them both a lot. I particularly like the warm rosy glow of Mod2.

I can see the great possibilities of successful photo merging and will practice a bit more.

Cheers

Elaine

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