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Balancing a Bluebell Wood

By KC51
Again, as a beginner I'm looking for some overall general critique. I've enhanced on iPhoto, shot on RAW using Aperture Priority. Is my composition ok?, exposure? too saturated? How can I improve?

Many thanks.


Tags: Flowers and plants Bluebell flower

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Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 12:04AM
Eye catching image with a very good composition.
You've used colour to great advantage and made a bluebell image
stand out from the many very good images we've all seen.
I'll leave the technicalities to the experts.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
16 Jul 2014 12:08AM
I do not make out to be an expert but looking at this image I see a very well exposed image and is composed really well, red always adds impact to an image, the young girl is about to start a journey along the tree trunk and I almost feel I am joining her.

I like this image very much Andrew.

Regards. - Gary
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 7:23AM
Rather over saturated. I like the composition and idea, but you have gone too far. The immediate impression is of something not natural. Less saturation and you have a nice image.

RAW processing gives the best quality without a doubt, but it is very easy to get carried away and over do things.

Mike43 9 191 21 England
16 Jul 2014 8:36AM
Very pleasing photograph, and well in Composition & Exposure accepted limits, but for myself I would have lowered the exposure on the Bluebells using your levels or curves, and add a slight increase in contrast overall. See uploaded mod.

Not that it makes a great deal of difference just a personal thing, I think the child wearing the red jumper makes the picture.
chase Plus
15 1.8k 438 England
16 Jul 2014 9:39AM
Composition is good,exposure is also good,I like the fact that the girl is wearing something red,it does make a big statement in the frame.
Love the location with the light filtered through the trees,very pretty.
Saturation for me is just slightly OTT & the image would benefit from tuning it down just slightly,too much & you would lose the lovely colours of that filtered light from the tree canopy.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4161 Canada
16 Jul 2014 2:09PM
Its a very nice image overall.

Composition is very good, and red an excellent colour to have in the frame. Having the girl look back at the camera might have been a good shot also.

Your setting look fine. You used flash, which in this case likely didnt contribute a lot of light, assuming it was the built-in flash on the camera?

Exposure works, and for me I would like to see it a little brighter, and I have altered this, as well as saturation of red and blue in the mod. View large.

Reds are often oversaturated, - not anything you are doing wrong at the time the shot was taken, just be careful in post processing not to increase saturation too much.

Try GIMP for Mac if you only have iPhoto, - it will give you a lot of extras control and is free.

Well done.


mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2265 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 5:07PM
RGB - Red, Green, Blue! This is such a happy, positive image. I like the fact that the figure is moving away from us, so we are following her, exploring with her. I also like the way she fits into an L-shape structure, that gives a very satisfying composition.

The landscape composition is about the length of the branch, I would like to try a tighter crop which would be more about her trepidation I think. Otherwise as Willie says - a bit more brightness and rein back the saturation. Toning down the reds will give better detail in the jumper, toning down yellow/green will let the background drop back rather than jumping forward at us. That leaves the bluebells to sing out.

Mod to follow.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1693 England
17 Jul 2014 5:56PM
I agree with the comments above about the saturation possibly being a little high.

I think, also, that the sharpening is a bit too much. My imperfect eyesight sees bluebells as a beautiful haze, not a set of aggressive, sharp lines and blobs.

It's true that you need to sharpen most digital images: but the trick is not to overdo it, which produces a rather wiry, edgy effect that doesn't suit most subjects.

By the way - good call on putting your latest post in the main gallery: beautiful opposition of shapes!

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