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Burnt log

By OverthehillPhil  
Tried to pick out the detail on this charred log. Not sure where to crop it (if anywhere). Maybe a little closer could have been a better option?

Tags: Still life Burnt Logs

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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2018 1:53PM
A good composition Phil. Good textures, good patterns, good subject.
Love what Nature does to old wood! Isabel GrinGrin

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2132 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2018 4:36PM
One of my favourite subjects, Phil.
It's a pity that it has been burnt, but that has revealed a completely different pattern so it gives added interest. It's the textures and patterns that I like a lot.
One of the notches looks just like an eye, and even has a highlight within it.

The area in the middle on the right has the the sharpest focus, which is good because I think that has the best patterns.
Naturally, a tree is round, and so focus will fall off at the points where it curves around.

You have some intruding twigs in the bottom left. These could easily have been pushed to one side or removed before shooting. Anyway, I agree with you about the crop and have easily removed them in my modification by cropping the left side. I also agree with you about a closer shot, but it depends on your intention. You could have filled your frame with the patterns without showing any of the background, giving a fine natural abstract, as an alternative or as an addition to this shot. Always take several shots, then see what you prefer when you get home.

I like the diagonal, which becomes stronger in my modification. I cropped to square.
I brightened the image, deepened shadows, increased highlights and also increased the saturation to give the colours an extra boost.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
25 Mar 2018 4:41PM
Another case where a bit of gardening would make all the difference! Those twigs really do spoil a nice shot.

I like the fact theyre burned, as it makes for even more details and patterns.

The twigs can be removed, and I would crop off that yellow area on the right to remove a bright distraction.

More contrast and sharpening on the dark wood works as in the mod.


Thank you Pamela & Willie. I do tend to overlook the distractions when composing a shot.
Good idea to take a few shots & pick the most suitable.
Two very different and brilliant mods, thank you. Food for thought indeed.
I doff my cap to your expertise.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
27 Mar 2018 9:03AM
Not a lot to add.

An old tip is to look round the four edges of the viewfinder for problems, just before shooting.

And also, use the depth of field preview button to check things. You normally view at full aperture, and on stopping down, things that were too blurred to spot get sharp. Not an issue when you are at maximum aperture (as you were here), but a real problem if you are at f/11...

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