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Exposure By The Elements

By RickCar
Weathered window frame with paint pealing off. Colour introduced with fallen aok tree leaf on window cill.

Tags: Architecture Flowers and plants

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18 Aug 2009 3:59PM
a nice still nature; you've got good detail on the oak leaf, the colour of the leaf contrasts in a strong way with the mouldy green. Still, the image is overexposed and it bothers a bit the eye to see that faded yellowish-greenish shade on the leaf where overexposure also erased all detail. Secondly, the white frame captures almost all the attention, again, in a manner that disturbs the eye, because it is so overexposed.
To give you a clue of how the image would have been more pleasant to see, i've played a little with the oak leaf and i hope you don't mind the stronger shade of red i've put into it, hoping this would give a better contrast (since you mentioned this issue in the description of what you tried to acquire in the image).
I hope it has been somehow useful to you, if not, it's ok, everybody has different perspectives, especially the one who "pulls the trigger" to say so Smile

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19 Aug 2009 7:14AM
you have created a very nice atmosphere. the texture of the oak leaf is really very nice. but one thing is catching my eyes that is the vertical line of the window, which is not at all right. the highlighted area of the image has lost detail. always consult with incamera histogram for properexposure. if there is any clipping on either side of the wall, you just experiment with the exposure compensation and avoid any such clipping. bracketing is also a very useful tool in this regard.

Hope it helps,
somnath
pamelajean Plus
11 973 1871 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2009 4:41PM
Hello, Rick, and welcome to EPZ. You captured the exposure by the elements well, and in such a small space, with good detail on the chosen subjects and a nice angle on the window frame. I agree with the comments about overexposure and lost detail on the left window frame. I was tempted to do a crop but I like the little bit of window that is showing at the top, so in my modification I did a few contrast tweaks, cloned in some detail to the left frame, selectively saturated the prominent leaf, smaller ones and window glass, then used the burn tool on the white areas.
Pamela.
paulbroad 9 123 1125 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2009 6:36PM
Very over exposed and the final mod above is much better. You must check your LCD and histogram if you have time and always expose for HIGHLIGHTS, not shadows. You can retrieve detail from shadows, but you cannot replace burnt out detail in highlights.

Paul
19 Aug 2009 10:11PM
Thank you all for the very useful comments so far.
I have managed to retrieve some detail on the over exposed portion of the window frame and I have also straightened the angle on the window frame which was a bit disturbing to the overall composition. I think this might look better?
19 Aug 2009 10:25PM
Hi Rick. Yep, I think that does look better and the above posters have some good advice that I too am learning from.
pamelajean Plus
11 973 1871 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2009 1:17AM
Your modification looks a lot better, Rick.
25 Aug 2009 2:18PM
The exposure by the elements was captured well, pity about the overexposure and lost detail on the left window frame! composition handled well! Carefull for letting elements( windowframe) running out from a corner, overall i do like! Cheers P
MickS 12 23 14 England
7 Sep 2009 11:24AM
Watcha Rick,
excellent still life, had a little play with it.
simulated lith in PS to make a virtue out of the brights
best
Mick

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