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Autumn Craw 37

By Dairtreephoto  
Crawfordsburn Country Park, Using a manual nifty fifity. A grey wet miserable day. Saw colour under a tree.

Still learning. All feedback welcome!

Tags: 50mm Autumn Fall Yellow Flowers and plants Brown Country park Crawfordsburn crawsfordsburn


mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2016 2:22PM
Hi again, I'd say you are learning fast. I like the way you have seen this, it's an intriguing mix of shapes and colour, with reflections and semi-transparency in the leaves. For a simple observation, it actually makes the brain work. I like it when images do that!

The main thing is that you were presumably hand-holding, and used a shutter speed sufficiently fast to hold steadily. Can you remember what aperture you used? I'm guessing you were close to fully open, light was obviously grim.

That's the first stage. The next stage for me would be to work on light to get a bit more oomph into this. If you can call up the histogram for this you will see that the graph actually falls back to the baseline well before the end, so the image is slightly underexposed and lacks the full tonal range.

My suggestion: Increase exposure by say half a stop. Then a Levels adjustment, moving the right hand slider inward, would introduce the real highlights that give a sense of life. Then use the burn tool, set to a large brush size, shadows and a very low exposure, gently over the leaves, to bring out the structure, give a more 3-D feel.

Work on these lines and you will find that there's a marked improvement in colour, without any need to boost saturation.

And then see how you can take it a step further. I would look at a tighter crop, to make the most of two really strong shapes - the yellow leaf of course, but also the paler leaf bottom right. They balance each other beautifully and that balance is the real story here for me.

OK I'm off to see what I can do - modification to follow shortly, I hope!

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
20 Feb 2016 5:09PM
I noticed in RAW post processing, this image has had a +4 exposure correction, meaning the original is very dark.

So noise will be amplified any time exposure is increased further, - though it needs to be.

The camera does not recognise the lens, perhaps its a manual lens? Theres no aperture setting shown, so we dont know how you set it.

If you can provide that bit of extra information it will be helpful.


dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1572 England
20 Feb 2016 6:11PM
Where you use a manual lens you need to note the aperture: there are no electronic couplings to record lens settings in the EXIF.

I really like what Moira has done in her mods: I can add nothing to that!

Where you are using manual settings, it can be a good idea to use Aperture priority: this will usually take the light that the camera is getting through the lens and expose for it by adjusting the shutter speed. I am not absolutely sure that this holds for a Nikon with a Nikon lens on it - some bodies may have some sort of mechanical linkage, and meter at full aperture...

And is that why you had the underexposure Willie noted? The aperture stop-down linkage is working. The camera meters at full aperture, and you set the exposure on this basis (I note you used manual exposure). But the lens aperture ring was set at (here's a guess) around f/5.6 or f/8. So the exposure is set for f/1.8, and when you pressed the shutter release, the lens stopped down, and you got underexposure...

Does that make any sort of sense? Looking of the quality of the shot, sharpness-wise, I'd say this was stopped down a stop or four form maximum aperture, to give that much sharpness all over the subject.

Someone who has tried it with a similar set-up may be able to say I am wrong, of course. Just speculating...
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 620 England
21 Feb 2016 11:48AM
This is flat and lacking in contrast. Late evening in December and the light is often like that, but severe underexposure gives the same effect, so a double whammy there.
So as well as adjusting exposure in processing you need to adjust contrast too either with the Levels tool or Curves which will help boost brightness too.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2016 5:34PM
All said above. Some older lenses do not work well with digital sensors. I had to get rid of an EOS 100/300 when I went digital due to internal flare. The igital sensor and it's filters are quite reflective, much more so than film. Film designed lenses will not have rear element reflective coatings, thus may perform badly. Test in good light.

With any lens that does not talk to the camera you need manualor aperture priority using the lens aperture ring. The camera will not expose automtically otherwise.


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