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Spring Teasel

By mikewatson
A late afternoon walk along the canal at Frampton,Gloucester provided some glorious opportunities in the setting sunlight.
This teasel head was being lit from the side so I exposed for this.
I did some editing in Photoshop CS3 using levels and desaturated slightly, with a small use of sharpening.
Any comments welcome

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 8:21PM
Thankyou for the detailed information about what you did with the image, Mike.
It's a good subject and you have isolated it well.
I feel it is still too dark and that there is a lot of detail being lost because of this.
I am surprised that you desaturated it. A black and white image would have worked well, but I feel it needs that bit of colour that is naturally present, especially considering the white background.
I have done a modification where I brightened the teasel, adjusted levels, increased saturation, sharpened, cropped and added canvas to the left. I also used Colour Balance to remove some of the blue.
In my second modification I mirrored the image, and gave it more of a tilt.
I had a bit of fun with a third mod, giving it a background.

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mikewatson 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 9:08PM
Thanks Pamela for the constructive comments, I will consider these on my next visit to try and improve the composition.
I really do enjoy my photography and am always striving to do better.
You need to get honest critique like this to go that extra mile.
Thanks again

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