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Autumn trails too

By Relic01  
I was going through the shots from my walk and realized I had taken others of the path. Pamela-Is this what you were thinking about "taking a step back and including more of the log"?
Moira-I tried your suggestions looking to accent the colours and add "crunch" without sacrificing.
The SOOC is again overexposed, I checked my notes and I chose shutter speed in an attempt to counter camera shake and decrease blur that haunted some other pictures of mine.
Pamela-I agree, someone on the path adds something to the image and my buddy Knight is usually quite the ham, I actually made a conscious effort to NOT have him in this one, lol.
Taken at f3.8 1/200sec ISO400 -0.3 ev and 6mm focal.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature



Jocelia 11 2 1 Australia
30 Oct 2015 12:44AM
Nice one here, lovely autumnal colours that we donít always see here
in Oz...GrinGrinGrin
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2015 10:16AM
The log should not be there. It is very dominant and it's position across the frame bars entry rather than acting as a lead in. Otherwise things seem quite well done with respect to exposure and sharpness.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
30 Oct 2015 11:04AM
Jocelia-Thank you, I'm glad you like it
Paul-Hadn't really thought of the log as a barrier but now that you mention it, it could be seen that way. Something to keep in mind when looking for an images message. Thanks.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2015 1:43PM
Paul makes a good point. Foreground interest can work both ways. Think of composition as a way of leading the viewer into the frame to explore it - so a barrier in front of the viewer can work against that.

In the same way a closed gate (Keep out!) is much less satisfactory than an open gate (Come in, make yourself at home... ). Foreground water with nothing solid for the viewer to stand on - similar problem.

It occurs to me that a tighter crop at the sides could give much greater importance to that little arrow-shaped branch pointing us into the wood.
Relic01 11 8 Canada
30 Oct 2015 2:42PM
The vertical crop does work better. It seems to create a feeling of space.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2284 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2015 3:42PM
No, this isn't what I meant. I wanted to see the top, side and bottom of the log, but perhaps it's too big for you to do that, and that's why I suggested moving back. You are standing too close to the log, and so it becomes enormous.

Although it wasn't ideal, I preferred the other one to this because, as Paul says, the log now acts as a barrier, whereas before we were able to step onto the path and move forward. Here, we can't. I hope you have learnt a little something from this experience, though.

If you can't get a good composition with the log in the frame, then leave it out altogether.

Relic01 11 8 Canada
30 Oct 2015 3:48PM
lesson learned.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2000 England
30 Oct 2015 6:12PM
I can see the log as a positive part of the composition - a barrier, indeed. But there are barriers in life, all the time!

I don't think the file from the camera is overexposed. Lacking in contrast, maybe, but that's dull light for you, and brightening in processing is simple.

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