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Bubble

By jonrayner  
Was attempting an abstract shot, and thought I might have found one when my son was using the bubble machine in the garden. Not sure if it is abstract or not!? I used the widest aperture possible with the lens I had within Aperture mode. Shot was cropped and then sharpened. All critique gratefully received. Many thanks in advance.

Tags: General Specialist and abstract

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30 Jun 2009 8:50PM
amazingly magical!
Zonda 11 303 1
30 Jun 2009 8:54PM
Full marks for thinking of it.
iancatch 14 4 45 England
30 Jun 2009 9:07PM
This is a nice idea but one thing that I would suggest is to clone out the tree branches on the right hand side. An abstract should be something without being anything - if you know what I mean, not sure I know entirely - but the out of focus leaves add too much realism.

The rest is great blue background with a shere of some kind - doesn't have to be a bubble it could be glass for example with just a hint of interest in the bg provided by the white which doesnt have to be cloud. The tree branch however make it obvious the bg is sky.

Not very well put but I have uploaded what I mean.

Ian
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2009 11:05PM
nice idea, i think that nice clouds and the bubble would have been enough without the distractions of the out of focus leaves. biggest problem for me is lack of sharpness and depth of field.
by your description you have selected a wide aperature, i assume you mean around f5.5. that decision that is the opposite of the choice i would have made, which would have been to select as small an aperature as i could to achieve maximum sharpness over the whole of the bubble and sky and not just a narrow band of the bubble.
just lacking that extra dimension to hit my button,
sorry if it sounds a little harsh, just my opinion.
Phil
Elka 12 Denmark
1 Jul 2009 12:46PM
Very nice! well done
samsalt 12 24 1 England
2 Jul 2009 12:25AM
Thanks for the mod option , I enjoyed playing with this.
jonrayner 13 8 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 12:35PM

Quote:This is a nice idea but one thing that I would suggest is to clone out the tree branches on the right hand side. An abstract should be something without being anything - if you know what I mean, not sure I know entirely - but the out of focus leaves add too much realism.

The rest is great blue background with a shere of some kind - doesn't have to be a bubble it could be glass for example with just a hint of interest in the bg provided by the white which doesnt have to be cloud. The tree branch however make it obvious the bg is sky.

Not very well put but I have uploaded what I mean.

Ian



Thanks for the comments and the mods, I know what you mean by losing the background tree.
jonrayner 13 8 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 12:39PM

Quote:Nice idea, i think that nice clouds and the bubble would have been enough without the distractions of the out of focus leaves. biggest problem for me is lack of sharpness and depth of field.
by your description you have selected a wide aperature, i assume you mean around f5.5. that decision that is the opposite of the choice i would have made, which would have been to select as small an aperature as i could to achieve maximum sharpness over the whole of the bubble and sky and not just a narrow band of the bubble.
just lacking that extra dimension to hit my button,
sorry if it sounds a little harsh, just my opinion.
Phil



Hi Phil

Not harsh at all. I would prefer harsh to not as these kind of comments should help me take better photos. One of the best ways to learn is through constructive criticism, so thank you. I am going to try it again with a longer lens so that I do not have to crop so heavily and also as you have suggested, a narrower aperture. Thank you for taking the time to look and comment.

Jon
jonrayner 13 8 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 12:43PM

Quote:Thanks for the mod option , I enjoyed playing with this.


Thanks for the Mod, looks good. What software did you use? I am very new to the post photo 'operations' and have photoshop elements (PSE) 6 for the Mac. For your Mod, you have used selective colour, is this possible with PSE?

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