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Old Railway Sleepers

By rmd
I opened up the shadows a little bit, warmed it up slightly and increased colour and sharpness. I would value your opinions


Tags: Nature Close up Flowers and plants

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Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
14 Oct 2019 12:47PM
Your tones and colors show up beautifully, so your opening the shadows worked well.
Your details are quite good as well. Overall I think you have a fine image here.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
14 Oct 2019 1:18PM
A nice find.

The tones and shadow enhancement work well. Perhaps the saturation is a little high on my monitor.

It might be nice to try this at an angle rather than a straight line, and Ive uploaded a mod with this done. It can look more interesting. Saturation if a little less, and Ive boosted shadow detail a little more, as well as exposure.


capto Plus
8 6.5k 23 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2019 2:50PM
An excellent image which I like very much. I have followed Willie's advice above and gone a little further. It did need some more of the sleeper being created in two corners which I used the content aware and clone tools in PS.

Added mod 3 as mod 2 had the wrong profile and it made too much difference.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
14 Oct 2019 4:43PM
For my taste, there's a slight lack of blacks - I think that opening the shadows is a great idea, and it needs to be anchored in a couple of small areas of deep black.

I was wondering about either a panoramic treatment, or a tilt.

Others have got there first on all aspects of this!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2019 7:02PM
This, to my mind, is a natural abstract, one that has been found in the "real" world. It takes a different way of looking at our world to perceive the abstract photography opportunities that surround us, and I think you have this ability.
By abstracting your subject from its surroundings you are trying to show something that others might not otherwise have noticed.

You have strong lines, texture, form and colour, and have been offered modifications that add "angle" to that list of things that make a good abstract.
I love that fir tree sapling, struggling in such a small space, and the pine cone that could well end up producing yet another tree, nestling amongst the moss.

Very nice.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
14 Oct 2019 8:32PM
It's a nice detail shot.
i think Willie#s and Ivor's mods look more dynamic because of the diagonal, though I admit my first thought wasa panoramic crop as suggested ny John.

We appreciate the description of your processing, and it's somehting we'd like to see from more people who post in the Critique Gallery.
It's usually small adjustments that are needed and you've done a good job, but, as others have said, you can go a little more.

Opening up the shadows is good, but often I find you hen need to take the Black Level down just to have an anchor to the histogram and avoid a washed out look. A contrast adjutment can often be requiored to add some zing - again just a little, and my favourite method is to use Cuives as you have more and finer control.
Of course, these adjustmenmts could be applied just to the centralarea of the image where the vegetation is, to make it stand out from the relatively neutral looking wood.

rmd 5 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2019 9:48PM
Thanks for all your comments which I have taken on board. I like the diagonal suggestion which I think works well.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2019 8:23AM
I love Ivor's use of the diagonal, that turns this from a subject to a composition. There's a lesson to learn from that. Find your subject but then check out ways of arranging it in the frame.

Looking at the Exif, the time of day was pretty well what I expected to see, sun quite high in the sky. Early morning or evening would be interesting here.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2019 8:44AM
As above. A good find but just needs that bit of compositional thinking. A diagonal is probably the way to go giving a more interesting shape.

chase Plus
15 2.0k 516 England
15 Oct 2019 10:39AM
I'm late, but better late than never.
The detail you have captured here is good and it is a good spot by you, well seen.
I do like the more dynamic look/feel to the image on the diagonals and that is probably how I would have presented this....if I had spotted it in the first place.
Thank you for providing us with your post processing technique, I like Keith would appreciate more from posters into this gallery, it does help an awful lot.

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