Bobby Deal wrote:I love this image. It is very emotive and carries its story well. One can not view it with out feeling that winter is indeed coming and with it all the consequences of death and renewal
Technically I love that you have used a hyper focal distance technique (intentional or not it works) to provide the illusion of a very deep depth of view in the image. The one drawback I see to it is that tonally it is perhaps just a little muddy. Providing a bit more distance between the darks and the lights and enhancing the edge sharpness can make a subtle but significant difference in the final image. As far as blue, I think the blue tones could be safely enhanced a little to futher carry the story of how cold it was. Afterall blue is a significant portion of white. While we tend to think of white as colorless it is anything but. Undertones created by the environment and the colortemperature of the prevailing light have a significant impact on white. Thus the whole reason we white balance our cameras.
For this image since your profile says you are ok with edits I have made a side by side comparison with some minor edits that I think are very subtle but have a strong imapct on the final look of the image.
Here is what I did, I know you said you do not have Photoshop but again I can not reiterate the real value of the program to those who want to get serious about their photography.
I copied your web res image from this post and pasted it into a blank document in Photoshop . I then created a duplicate layer (protecting the original > I then adjusted the levels of the duplicate layer, bringing the white pint about 20 points to the left and then pulled the mid tones down another 10 points to darken them a little more > Now I duplicate the layer again and applied a high pass filter to the layer > converted the layer to Soft Light > The final edit was to boost the blues, I opened the color hue/saturation tool and made individual adjustments to the blue and cyan channels. How much to adjust the blue is a personal choice and one that you would make based on how blue the scene actually looked to you.
Thank you so much, Bobby for the detailed feedback. And I always enjoy seeing what others would do with my images; even though using a web-sized version has its drawbacks, much can be learned from seeing through others' eyes.
I shot with the settings I had to have in the light I was given. M43 is more forgiving of large apertures than other formats, provided we pay attention to where we're focusing. I've got surprisingly decent images at f.1.8. This is a blessing for landscapers because high ISO is NOT forgiving. All systems have their tradeoffs.
I liked the effect of the high pass filter with the slight adjustment in tonalities, and was able to easily duplicate that following your steps (? I wouldn't have said I don't have photoshop, I have had PS for years though I still have much to learn about it).I did reduce the opacity of that layer to mitigate the effect some. In this case, it gave an illusion of sharpness, more drama in that dead tree and brought out the detail of the falling snow, which I like.
Again, thanks for your feedback!
Though I could see some extra drama with more intense blues, after experimenting, I am inclined to leave it at about the level it is, with more of the silvery effect. The blues didn't set well with the muddy swamp bottom which veered towards purple/magenta.