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Winter Joy

By joycetalks
This was for a college assignment. The title was to be winter. I was running late and just looked around. As it was Xmas I spotted the little snowman. Took the shot low down and with a shallow depth of field. Wanted to get him pin sharp. It got 2nd place.

Tags: Close up Humour and fun

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PhilT2 Plus
12 594 35 England
12 Jan 2015 9:01AM
Not usually a fan of Christmas images but that little snowman is such a happy chap that you have to smile. Your photographic skill shows in this image and I am not surprised you did so well with it. Nice one Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2538 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2015 9:10AM
Hi Joyce, welcome to the site, I see that you joined a few days ago and this is your first upload.

I hope you have explored the site a bit, it's a great place to learn. Articles, reviews, tutorials, as well as photos to look at. You've uploaded to the Critique Gallery where you forego votes but hope to get concentrated advice. We try to advise on both the taking and the processing of images.

It helps when people say a bit about the circumstances and reason for the image, and what they see in it. Full marks there!

This is well thought out, with very creative use of shallow depth of field. The snowman welcomes us into his world, invites us to explore it.

One question - did you use a tripod? I suspect that this was maybe taken with your elbows resting securely on the table? It's nicely sharp on the snowman, if hand-held you managed it very steadily. If using a tripod you could have used 100 ISO and 1/25 second but the difference of 200 ISO is negligible. Just something to bear in mind.

I've uploaded a couple of modifications really for comparison. The first thing that struck me looking at this was that the snowman is very yellow. That may be true to the ornament, but the white detail in the tablecloth looks yellowish too, so I've uploaded a cooler version. I simply used the Correct colour cast function, Willie (banehawi) is our white balance guru and I suspect that he will visit here when Canada wakes up!

Incidentally modifications appear under the button just below your upload, click on the thumbnails to view.

I have also uploaded a tighter, square crop. I really like the way you have composed this, using portrait to convey the height of the Christmas tree softly suggested in the background. Portrait leads the eye upwards, so it risks drawing the viewer's attention away from the snowman. The square crop gives a more intimate view of him in his little world, I think.

The modifications are simply suggestions, alternatives, not necessarily improvements. This is a really strong image. It would make an excellent Christmas card in eleven months time.

One further point - I think you have done some cloning, in the lower left part of the tree, just above the snowman's head. There's a regular pattern of soft lines stacked vertically. Pattern repeats really are the give-away for cloning, try to break the pattern up. I'll have a go at a further modification to do that.

I hope you will enjoy it here and find it useful.
12 Jan 2015 11:53AM
Thank you for your tremendous reviews!! I must say I am enjoying this site and the likelihood of subscribing is high. I did find the upload easy but it was confusing as I tried to put on a second image
and therefore changed the title. So hence I ended up with the wrong title on my snowman who should have been ....Winter Joy. Could not see how to edit the title once it uploaded. Never mind I know now.

I thank you for your comments....... very helpful
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2538 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2015 12:35PM
Put the cursor over Options, just below your upload, click on Edit photo, and you can change the title.

You can only upload versions below the main upload if you have E2 membership (which I would recommend - and no, we're not on commission here!). But you can upload a different image, or a version of this, under Modifications, in the same way that anyone else can. Click on Modifications, then on Upload a modification.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2015 12:58PM
A perfectly reasonable, well composed and exposed image. Content is a personal issue always and that leaves me a little cold, not in the winter sense.

It says winter in that Chrustmas is in winter, but only in the northern hemisphere.

There is a heavy yellow caste. Almost certainly due to tungsten lighting. You could largely correct that as a snowman should be white, but the warm tones are quite pleasant.

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4319 Canada
12 Jan 2015 2:08PM
This is a delightful shot Joyce. No wonder it placed well in the college challenge.

I would say, looking at exif, that you wanted a warn, yellow snowman. You selected a cloudy white balance which gives a very warm image, and this is the result.

It can be a little less yellow, but depending on how old this fellow is, he could be a bit yellow anyway.

The mod had the snowman less yellow, but not white, and Ive cropped to a 10 X 8 format. Colour saturation is a little high, so thats down -10.

But perhaps it wouldnt have done so well with these changes!


12 Jan 2015 3:35PM
I have looked at all modifications and this has led me to studying histograms and colour correction using the eyedropper. What a difference this has made! Thank you for your input!
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
13 Jan 2015 6:22AM
It's a beautifully crafted shot as it is but I did find all the above comments so interesting and instructive. I can add little to what has already been said other than to agree about the slight 'apparent' colour cast.
Thank you for your kind comment today and I do hope that you find the site as helpful as I have over a few years now.

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