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Cool Catkin

By jujupops
Good Afternoon All

Hope you are having a good weekend so far Grin

Today's offering was taken in the Grounds of Leeds Castle in February, it was a really cold, but sunny day. I saw this catkin, and as I have always loved them, (when I was a kid I used to call them lambs tails). I decided to try my hand at a close up - the sun was shining straight into the camera, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I am quite pleased with the result. The image is straight from the camera, I have added a touch of colour, and cropped it slighly. Hope you like it Grin

Thank you for your votes and comments on my last upload, Old and New, they are, as ever, very much appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend - I am recovering from a nasty cold, which has left me with a very annoying cough Sad

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Love Julie xx

Tags: Nature Close-up and macro Catkins Leeds castle

Voters: lifesnapper, Lillian, RonnieAG and 15 more

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Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 4:30PM
Julie, had a little play and do hope that it is to your satisfaction?
A lovely image to start with, but felt it needed a little brightening
Well shot

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Thank you for the mod Lillian - it makes all the difference, and brings out the catkin more - it is very much to my satifaction GrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
14 Apr 2012 4:51PM
Always good to try using back lighting, sometimes it works a treat but it fan drain away colour as I think you found here.
Lillian has done a fine mod for you and she has rectified that problem.
I like your composition here with the other branches and catkins progressively OOF in the b/g, Julie.
Thank you Ronnie - I havn't "dabbled" in taking shots into the light - and although I did add a touch of colour, not really enough, as Lillian's mod shows - good training excercise though Grin I also like the OOF background
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:04PM
Very sharp on the f/g; nicely composed with the two catkins behind blurred but clearly identifiable.
I wonder if the comp. could work even better with the right cropped off ? I've tried a mod but had to remove your frame, which somehow reduces the effect of the imageSad
Oh well, I'll just keep on taking the tablets!
Thanks Bill Grin I really like that crop - and quite like it without the frame too - it's really nice that you and Lillian have taken the time and trouble to do a mod, of which I like both, sometimes you don't realise that you could have made it better yourself, until you see what someone else has done to it - many thanks again GrinGrin

P.S Really looking forward to meeting up with you & Moira in June - not long now!! xx
mhfore 13 8 176 England
14 Apr 2012 6:08PM
Hi Julie,

I still call these fluffy little thing Lambs Tails but then I guess i'm still a kid at heart Wink well it's the best way to be ain't it Grin.

Julie you've captured a half silhouette, neither dark nor light but there must be a proper name for it Wink . I don't know which software you use for processing but if you have "Exposure" you can recover the light. Click on exposure and when the window appears you should have three eyedroppers, select the bottom one a click on a white/offwhite area then select the middle eyedropper and click on a dark area, this may blow the image out but don't worry. Reduce the opacity until you have the catkins as you like them and then erase tha effect from the rest of the image.

Julie I've posted a mod to show what I mean.

Take care
14 Apr 2012 6:40PM
Well done Julie,you have some great advice, I will be following this advice as well..Lin
Martin........thank you so much for your detailed advice, I use Elements & am still working my way round it, and am self taught. Will most definitely take your advice on board, as with all the other advice I have received this evening. I love this site because of the friendly advice, and comments that you get Grin And to Lin thank you for your comment, and perhaps we can learn together? GrinGrin
Julie xx
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 7:57PM
A nice image which has been brought to life with the brighter mods of which the third one works the best by Martin, it was nice of him to tell you how to do it too, I have not heard of the software exposure, it really hit the spot for this one imo.

Linda Smile
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
14 Apr 2012 11:44PM
All good mods but i still like the original as well.
1881 7 India
26 Apr 2012 6:54PM
Nice detail

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