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The moss scarecrow

By DiegoSuarezP
Comments are very welcome

This is a flower pot with a decoration of a scarecrow that with the passage of the time moss covered it

I used a model effect and i try to make powerful colors in the shot.

Thanks Diego Grin

Tags: Flowers and plants Scarecrow



mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
10 May 2014 7:26PM
Hi again. It's a fun subject, and your focusing is much more careful here - the little scarecrow and the area immediately around him are reasonably in focus.

You have used a 'fake model village' - fake tilt shift - to isolate your subject. I would prefer to see the composition without the effect, it seems to my eye to be more of a distraction than an asset. When it is achieved in camera, for example using a Lensbaby, it creates a little oasis of calm amid the chaos of the world. Here it doesn't quite have that effect!

The main problem for me though is the colour, which features massively oversaturated yellows and greens. It makes the background jump forward and rather swamp the foreground.

The next problem is the composition - there's the basis of a very enterprising and adventurous composition here, but I think you needed to angle the camera just a few degrees to the right. The frame is split down the middle by a strong vertical, which rarely works, while the actual subject is way over to the edge of the frame - it took me a moment or two to find him when I opened the upload!

So I would crop to square here, to place the vertical stem off-centre and to make the scarecrow more important in the frame. I would also tone down the yellows and greens a bit. Not totally - this is about hot colour and a feeling of sunshine.

And - a totally different approach - it occurs to me that black and white could be interesting here too...

Modifications to follow, I hope...
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
10 May 2014 7:47PM
Modifications uploaded, I think the scarecrow 'sits' more comfortably in the square crop.

Did you set your camera to something like Vivid colour or Boost saturation? I would definitely avoid such a setting particularly in strong sun!
10 May 2014 8:11PM
I edited trying to boost colors Moira but i like your upload, mainly because highlights moss details in the body of the scarecrow.

Black&white really surprised me because i didn't expect that its going to work but really looks good!

You are helping me a lot and i appreciate that! Thanks Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
10 May 2014 8:18PM
Black & white concentrates attention on lines, textures and the overall structure of the composition - all of which are strong here. That's why it works!
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 8:32AM
You have had a good idea, but the processing was not such a good idea. The colours are too far gone, over saturated, and you have several areas of pure burnt out white. Those pull the eye terribly. It took me a short while to find the scarecrow.

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 8:47AM
A couple more points to bear in mind: you set yourself quite a challenge here as the frame includes areas of strong light and dark shadow. Look at those very white patches - so much light has got into the camera that it has 'dazzled' the sensor, wiped out any detail that might have been available. When you look at a subject, if there's light bouncing off a light or shiny surface, this is what is liable to happen. You can instruct the camera to use an exposure compensation (there's a little button marked +/- in front of the shutter button, it works in conjunction with the thumb wheel), but the easiest way of dealing with this is to move around until you find an angle where the reflected light is reduced!

Secondly, it's not a good move to add saturation to the more 'acidic' colours - yellows, oranges, reds - oversaturated colour means loss of detail. Once you reduce saturation on yellows here a lot more surface detail becomes visible in the stems.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1999 England
11 May 2014 1:07PM
I've had a go at a different approach to a mod.

First, I cropped in on the scarecrow. This loses a lot of the most distracting and troublesome highlights.

I desaturated a bit, because the colours looked too bright (and tastes differ: I love muted and very soft colours, and many people prefer something with more impact).

And then I did quite a lot of cloning, to cover up some of the blown highlights - in the background, in the wood the figure's sitting on, on a highlight near the left-hand edge, and (least convincingly) on the straw hat.

I hoep this shows how controlling hte contrast makes it easier to conventrate on the subject of the photo.

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