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Reality & The drops of dew on the spider's web..........

By SvetAriadne
This is a multidimensional spiderís web in the early morning covered with dew drops....& every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops...& in each reflected dew drop...there are the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection....& so ad infinitum.....
That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image....Smile

Tags: Close-up and macro

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Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2015 12:14AM
Sorry I don't do critique, I don't have the technical knowledge. However, I do like natures handiwork, and your capture of it.
17 Jan 2015 3:24AM
A great image as it is. just a pity that you couldn't capture a full web for more impact
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2015 8:29AM
Nice effort. You don't need the full web, the impact would be less in my opinion and anyone can do critique. It's not all about technical knowledge, it's also about opinion and likes and dislikes.

U like this. Well seen and executed. There is a slight yellow cast which you might remove and a touch more exposure might do that.

You're not going to reduce the size of that logo, are you? It really dies detract, you know and is easily cloned out so protects nothing

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1976 England
17 Jan 2015 11:08AM
The colour's a matter of taste: early sunlight is warm, and I've altered the colour in my mods for the sake of showing a different interpretation - it's not intended as 'better' in any way.

The main thing is that I deepened the midtones in Levels, and then used both the Dodge and Burn tools to brighten the droplets. I used the Burn tool on shadows in the sky, and the Dodge tool on highlights against the darker areas, to increase contrast. I suspect there are other, cleverer ways to do this, though!

I also removed the logo - it's intrusive up there, and really draws the eye: smaller and bottom left would work better - or in a margin...
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
17 Jan 2015 2:42PM
This is good Svetlana.

I notice you used flash in the night mode, meaning the shutter was open a short white before the flash fired, giving you the city background as well as the nice web.

To make shiny objects sparkle, sharpening really helps, and it does here too.

Also added a mod. Tone adjusted slightly, though still a little warm. From what I could tell theres too much of a bias towards green.

Logo removed. I dont know ho familiar you are with photoshop, but you can use invisible logos which you can detect easily while others cant if you are concerned about image theft. If you look at the blog of EPZ member jestertheclown he has an easy technique for doing this.


mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.7k 2575 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2015 2:46PM
Love this! Very well done technically, first of all - spiders' webs are tricky in that the focus needs to be perfect and the slightest breath of wind will shift the web out of focus.

But far more important than the technical quality - what you have achieved is two individually strong images, the lines of the web and the street scene beyond - that complement each other very effectively.

Yes, the logo needs to go. As John has demonstrated it serves no purpose in terms of protection of the image, it can be disposed of in seconds.

I like the subdued, yellowish tones, this is a real December shot, cold, wet and murky.

I do want to increase the sparkle in the water droplets. Apart from that my only criticism would be that the centre of the web is a bit too central in the frame without actually being in the middle. You certainly don't need the whole web, I can see various alternative crops - square, taken from the right; landscape taken from top right.... I shall go and experiment
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1976 England
17 Jan 2015 3:13PM
Insightful, Moira - the two strong images, in particular. And a tribute to the quality of Svetlana's work.

Teh square crop is an excellent idea!
17 Jan 2015 6:45PM
Hello guys...thank you for your ideas & critique....As always ...I appreciate your time & modifications...Smile
The photo was taken on the small bridge across the river...the web was as big as you see it on my photo......the web was created between those rods.. & ...all I've done was I cropped those metal rods or spindles (?)...I don't really know the name of those vertical rods supporting the rail of steel bridge anyway...the distance between those spindles was only about 12-15 was a foggy morning ...the raising sun was trying to break through it.....
And I did some sharpening idea was to keep the village silhouette on the background soft, mysterious & foggy ....Smile

Thank you for suggestion with logo....I'll definitely look in to it!
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
17 Jan 2015 8:13PM

Quote: If you look at the blog of EPZ member jestertheclown he has an easy technique for doing this.

Almost Willie.

Since I no longer bother much with this site, I'm now blogless.
However, the "invisible watermark" technique is here.

. . . and here.

Personally, although they both work, I prefer the second method.
You'll find that doing it the way of that first link, there can be a tendency for the mark to show through.

Hope this helps.


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