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Thorns on Thorns

By madhoosphotography    
Tried to make feel like a High Key shot ....... actually it was shot at correct metering for the sky for a Silhouette.......... , then blown the visible sky by Photo shop.......Expecting Feed backs dear Professionals.......Smile

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 3:42PM
I like the image, and also your title, Madhu. You have a strong silhouette, and the caterpillar is fairly obvious. It's interesting because if the caterpillar were the same size as the stem, the configuration of the spines and thorns would be very similar. I also like the diagonal of the stem.
You say that you "blew the visible sky by PhotoShop" and this is a good way to strengthen a silhouette like this, it works well.
You also say that you "tried to make it feel like a High Key shot" whereas I would just class it as an excellent silhouette. In painting and in photography, the "key" of an image is the overall tendency of its tone scheme towards brightness or darkness. When the key is bright, the image is high-key, and when it is dark, the image is low-key. However, an image which is pitched in a high-key overall but which has strong elements of dark contrast (like yours) may be considered high-key, but it may be more proper to consider it as using high-key technique in combination with a high-contrast graphic style.
Generally speaking, a high key image has delicate tones, pastel colours, and looks ethereal or dream-like. It will have low contrast between the light and dark areas, and will be mainly made up of light tones, with relatively few mid-tones or shadows, a light image that is intentionally lacking in shadow detail.
Your caterpillar is situated in the top left of the frame, and is moving towards the left, out of the frame. It would be better if, at the time of shooting, you could have given it more space to move into, i.e. more space on the left and less on the right. You should always consider the path of moving subjects and, generally, leave space in front of them. If the composition overall would have suffered, then you can sometimes get away with breaking the rules.
But using the Rule of Thirds can usually produce a more interesting image. Before you snap a picture, imagine your picture area divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four options for placing the centre of interest for good composition. The option you select depends upon the subject and how you would like that subject to be presented. Itís a guide. First, learn about it, understand it, compose according to it, and then you can make an intelligent decision when it can be ignored.
I have done a modification where I cropped the right side to give more prominence to your subject, the caterpillar, and then used Levels to make the background completely white, whereas it's a little grey at the moment. Again, to give the caterpillar more prominence, I cloned out the heavy black part of the stem top left.
My second modification is simply the first modification mirrored, to show the caterpillar moving towards the right. Because we read from left to right, we tend to respond better to an image with its subject moving in the same direction.

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
18 Nov 2012 3:56PM
great silhouette...might be worth cloning out the large `branch' at the top left to give more sky for the 'pillar to crawl in to?

will try a mod when I have a moment Smile
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
18 Nov 2012 4:01PM
I cannot add any more to PamelaJean's and Cats_123's comments. This is definately a sillouette and I think your photography is excellent. Well done.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
18 Nov 2012 5:47PM
Nicely done, with good mods.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 9:07PM
Well I'm glad you uploaded this image because I've learned a lot from Pamelajean's comments.
Not being a Professional, I can't add anything else of value, so I'm learning as much as here
especially about what defines a High Key image.
My very Special thanks to Dear Pamela for those informations you delivered here.....and those modifications are really wonderful thanks a lot dear Pamela........SmileSmileSmile
Thank u Dear Cats_123,Eric,Willie....and Dear Kate( I Shl'd Thank u all for giving such a great support and being very much informative..........)............SmileSmileSmile

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