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Where there is water there is life

By Benlib
Taken this shot of dead wood in small lake in a nature reserve. What I hope to achieve with this image?
Decided to convert the image to B&W to project the dark and cool emotion evoke by death. The little turtle is the ray of hope for life even in the most severe situation.

Suggestion on composition and post-processing techniques are much appreciated.


Tags: Nature Death Black and white B and amp w

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14 Apr 2013 4:26AM
Excelente trabajo.

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3533 Canada
14 Apr 2013 4:39PM
Im having some difficulty figuring out this image. The shutter speed is was too slow for a handheld shot, though you dont say if this is a tripod shot. Theres are some reasonably in focus areas, and some out of focus areas that suggest post processing using a radial filter, but Im not sure if its due to the slow speed.

In any event, the turtle is insignificantly small, and a closer zoom would have been better, The idea is good, - and I like to think of it of the circle of life, as the live turtle depends on the decay to live.

I would appreciate some more information as explained.


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 6:10PM
Very difficult to find the turtle. I would have stayed with colour, but the image is very unsharp and it has to be shake. You must get such images sharp somewhere and this is a result of the very low shutter speed and long lens.

You didn't need f22. For this, f8 would do, up the ISO to at least 200, giving a shutter speed around 1/30. Still not enough, though.

Benlib 4 1 3
15 Apr 2013 1:41AM
Willie, Paul you guys have been great with your comments. Once again thank you - with these comments I am know I will be more conscientious in review my ISO-Aperture-Speed combination after taking shots.

Willie, it is taken with a tripod and you are right to point out the out of focus areas, it is indeed introduce through post-processing. Purpose is to blur out the uninteresting surrounding, a drawing attention to the the 'smallest' turtle Wink

mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 12:48PM
This has a dream-like quality that I find attractive, and b&w works for me. (I can imagine that colour would give too many distractions).
The only criticism that I would add to the above is that it isn't straight, it needs to be rotated by several degrees anti-clockwise. The reflections should drop straight down from their subject, the surface streaks of reflected light should be horizontal. Always check reflections with the Grid! I'll try a quick Mod.
Benlib 4 1 3
15 Apr 2013 2:00PM
Hi Moira, thank you very for the suggestion and also uploading the modified version. Certainly better brighter and clearly contrast. I like it. Perhaps I don't have the kind of eyes for great details, as did notice the slight tilt on the original. Thanks for the tip, I shall remember the next time.

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