Back Modifications (3)
Views 59 Unique 21 Award Shortlist   


By unk001  
I have been going through some of my terabytes worth of photos and I came across the one of this one i took a few years ago. it was a spot in a nearby canyon where a fire had burnt up about a acre of trees along the small creek that runs through the canyon. this photo is untouched it as it was shot. It is interesting to me that when I review photos that I have taken in the past how I see things that I didn't see before kind of like watching a movie a second or third time... you see things that you missed... or maybe your perspective and the way you look things changes with time. The title reflects this change... new life grows where it was once destroyed.

Tags: Fire General Rebirth

Enter the ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw extravaganza!


mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
23 May 2017 6:33PM
I saw the message in this immediately. Well done, 'message' images need to carry the story without lengthy explanation. Here we see black, dead timbers as a stark skeleton, but with young green vibrant life springing up.

I've uploaded a modification with a few suggestions. I cropped to square to concentrate on the lower part of the frame because I think that's where the real content is. The gaunt black shapes, the green leaves.

Then I brightened somewhat, and worked quite a bit with the dodge and burn tools, set respectively to highlights and shadows, a huge brush, 3% exposure. This has built up a bit more sense of structure and texture within the green foliage.

I reduced saturation on greens, it's a difficult colour digitally and it's easy to lose detail. The result is actually more vibrant, the colour stronger, because of the work on light. There's a message there, light matters.

We're not seeing full data, and I would be interested to know the time of day this was taken. Early morning or late afternoon light, coming over your left shoulder, that would be nice.

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

unk001 5
23 May 2017 6:50PM
"There's a message there, light matters." I tried to find the data on this photo however I just not there.... very good mod Moria...everything you did is where I wanted to go with this photo but I thought this time I would Like to see what everyone else could come up with...c
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
23 May 2017 7:25PM
EXIF: f/4.5, 1/250, ISO 100, -1.66.

Metering spot, flash fired, white balance flash.

Shot 7/8/2012 at 9:51 AM

Panasonic DMC FZ8

Interesting thoughts. I think that when you look at a shot after taking it, its normal to be looking at technical, as well as artistic quality. Over time, it becomes just an image that strikes us as simply an image, no details (despite all I provided!)

Tried a mod that may be similar to Moiras.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
23 May 2017 7:37PM
I like the shapes of the blackened trees against the vibrant green, a complete contrast that works really well. The modifications bring out the strength of this image.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
23 May 2017 7:42PM
As you might guess, I struggle with this. The settings used reflect your earlier work and spot, as said before, is not a good idea with auto settings. Subjectively, I can,t see anything to keep me looking at the image - no strong form or interesting points.

Thus, nothing I could do to improve in my eyes.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 599 England
23 May 2017 8:50PM
I see what you've done, but it lacks impact.
Not everyone goes for abstract images, and making them have something bold or strong may help.

I find the top half qute messy and bland, and given the rich green below the top pale brown area draws and confuses the eye.
So I'd go in closer and make more of the contrast of the fresh green growth and the blackened trunks. Stronger image, stronger message. Like larger print, harder to ignore, if you like.

In my mod I cropped the image, warmed and sharpened it. Your original was a little soft.
I also tried to make more of the shapes of the trunks. It's worth exploring your subject to find a viewpoint that gives you attractive shapes and often that means excluding some parts. Simplicity is effective.

But this is quite an old image and you may approach the image differently today.
How many times have we looked at one of our old images and thought 'if only I'd moved a few paces left/right/forward' for example.
unk001 5
23 May 2017 8:55PM
It is OK Paul i think we just see the world behind the lens differently....W... I dug around in some of my old programs and found the data...I've since retired that camera hard to believe it was that long your mod

unk001 5
23 May 2017 10:17PM
Keath Your points are well taken
Quote:Simplicity is effective.
" in regards to
Quote:[if only I'd moved a few paces left/right/forward' for example.quote] many many times all errors cannot be fixed in photoshop... Like I told Tanya awhile ago it is not the camera it is the person behind it.


dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
23 May 2017 10:19PM
I'm with Moira on this - interesting that everyone seems to have a slightly different view on this. The green/black thing works well for me, especially in the hyped-up edit Moira's done...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
27 May 2017 6:33PM
My problem when I am commenting is often related to my background. I look for a use for any image. It is what I am trained to do. Thus my requirement for technical correctness and a specific subject. An image may be a record of some type, which many of mine are, it may be pictorial, have impact, illustrate a point or be for the family.

I do struggle when an image appears to have little reason. Some like simple pattern and form, but I would still ask what do you then do with them?

dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
28 May 2017 4:59PM
Variety is the spice of life - and some people don't like pepper...

I can simply wallow in seeing something beautiful held up for me to appreciate - and if tastes in beauty differ, that's fine, as well.
unk001 5
29 May 2017 7:34PM
great comment John

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.