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By Agate
Fragment of a tree trunk, shiny and silky smooth in fresh rain

Tags: Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Charlesmoss 12 14 England
18 Feb 2010 3:28PM
Cannot really see anything that would improve this shot.
The water drop lets on the grass are good and not bad textuer in the wood.
Look close and you can see the eye and bill of a very large bird.
Well seen and taken
Regards Charles
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
18 Feb 2010 3:40PM
Hi Agate, welcome to epz.
Interesting first upload as it shows you have an eye for the unusual. This could be worked on to boost the textural detail in the wood and also to hold back the brightness of the grass. Good start though.
Paintman Plus
15 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 7:50PM
I upped the contast and saturation selectively so the log appears more 3-dimensional.

The second is a bad attempt at presentationSmile

SilverAndGold 11 105
18 Feb 2010 10:24PM
This is of course a very personal photograph to yourself and one I don't think I might have given so much time too, I do however like the way everything shines with the rain and this adds atmosphere to the final image. Look forward to seeing more of your uploads.

DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 12:13PM
Welcome the the land of EPZ...

I think because of the wetness all around, this kind of shots suffers from the high levels of refectance, and so might need to be underexposed a little. Have added a modification that shows the kind of thing I mean. Cheers... Dave
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 2:07PM
Welcome to ePhotozine!

This is an interesting shot that shows you have a good eye for picking out unusual subjects. I think the shot as you've posted it is a little bit flat but Paintman's mod does a great job of bringing it to life and showing all the detail on the wet trunk. Using a polarizing filter would have helped you control the glare but, in this case, good results are possible in software, as we can see! Smile

My only other comment would be that you've shaved off the end of the stump at the top of the frame. That's a shame, as it introduces a bit of a distraction where it meets the edge. The composition would be more satisfying if there was about as much space between the stump and the top of the frame as there is at the left.
Agate 11 1 Scotland
19 Feb 2010 7:53PM
Thank you immensely for all the comments and modifications: it is a great learning curve for me, as I'm not a professional photographer. You gave me lots of practical tips and it's great to be part of this website! Uhmmm.... time for the next upload, one a day! Smile
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 7:58PM
I have no problem with your technique, possibly a little more contrast, but photography is very subjective and - for me - there is nothing really here. You need something strong to act as a focal point in a composition and this image fails to supply that.

Agate 11 1 Scotland
19 Feb 2010 8:47PM
I think, as you said, photography is subjective and to me the focal point was the surface itself, it was a spontaneous shot during a walk in the woods in the Scottish Highlands and that's how I saw the tree, with an interesting texture, imaginative shape and the simplicity of a tree trunk at the same time. It's not telling a story, it's just an impression.

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