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By robicasadio  
playing with my new macro lens

Tags: Black and white Close-up and macro



rhody 20 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 5:20PM
I have always liked the appearance of the texture, knots and patterns to be found in wood. You have spotted a good combination in this image but I think you could bring more potential out of this shot.

You might want to think about having strong diagonals and greater contrast in your image and also think about how much depth of field would give you greater impact.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2284 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 1:18PM
Hello, Robi. I agree with Barry about possibly shooting this on the diagonal, just for more impact. As an experiment in the control of depth-of-field using your macro lens, it's a good subject and has worked well, giving nice perspective. How about trying it with even more of the fence in the picture, getting closer to the fence and shooting sideways? For this to work better, the left panel needs to be extremely sharp, the focus of the others tailing off. Also, since you have presented it in mono, a bit more contrast would be good. In my modification, I cropped the left, up to the dark join, darkened the image and deepened the shadows to accentuate the dark vertical lines. I selected the left plank, used clarify and sharpened. I then selected the centre plank and used clarify only. I just wanted to enhance the difference in focus between each section, but mainly to sharpen the left plank and add some contrast overall. My second mod has a brown hue applied.
22 Jun 2009 2:08PM
thanks a lot for the tips!! unfortunately my Photoshop trial has expired so i cannot do much with the basic software i'm using now..
you are right, the cropping, sharpening/contrast, DoF do work better..i have plenty of picts taken on side of fences, will upload one of them so you can see whether it works better! i feel there's soooo much to learn and wondering if i'm ever gonna get to an acceptable enthusiast position!

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