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Post by minniev » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:21 pm

Another snow image, bear with me as I enjoy this remarkable (for us) event.

The small tree looked to me like she has her arms around the larger. Does it have too much swamp-clutter to be seen by folks with less anthropomorphic inclinations? All comments, suggestions, edits are welcome.
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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:09 am

As much as I hate to lose the bottom of the foreground trunk on the left, I wondered if a crop (especially from the right side) would make your suggestion more evident? There's a touch of contrast adjustment to this one, too, but just from a simple Chromebook app, no masking or selective edits.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:00 am

minniev wrote:Another snow image, bear with me as I enjoy this remarkable (for us) event.

The small tree looked to me like she has her arms around the larger. Does it have too much swamp-clutter to be seen by folks with less anthropomorphic inclinations? All comments, suggestions, edits are welcome.


Marvelous. I prefer your post to Linda's; hers lacks the graceful line in the younger tree, I think.

I am rereading The Odyssey and people are always falling to their knees and embracing the knees of another, either a god, a monarch or a vanquishing enemy. It is a classical gesture of supplication and a plea for mercy or acceptance and also a recognition of the status of the other. Here I see the latter; admiration, obeisance, deference. Good eye. Fun watching you in the snow. Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:43 pm

LindaShorey wrote:As much as I hate to lose the bottom of the foreground trunk on the left, I wondered if a crop (especially from the right side) would make your suggestion more evident? There's a touch of contrast adjustment to this one, too, but just from a simple Chromebook app, no masking or selective edits.

I like your adjustments, Linda. Crisper, and a little less gloomy looking. I'll study on the crop. I wanted to give the trunk some breathing room on the right, but then there's that odd little plant in the corner...
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:47 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:Marvelous. I prefer your post to Linda's; hers lacks the graceful line in the younger tree, I think.

I am rereading The Odyssey and people are always falling to their knees and embracing the knees of another, either a god, a monarch or a vanquishing enemy. It is a classical gesture of supplication and a plea for mercy or acceptance and also a recognition of the status of the other. Here I see the latter; admiration, obeisance, deference. Good eye. Fun watching you in the snow. Matt

Thanks Matt. I'm glad you're enjoying my snow shots, I'm enjoying playing with them. It was quickly back to normal (60-70 degrees the next day but it was fun and I'm glad I harvested a plenty pixels to play with later.

I can tell you're another anthropomorphizer, seeing classical myths, stories and characters in the natural world. It is a lifelong affliction for me, and discovering photography only made it worse. With this one, it was a kind of Swan Maiden moment.
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Post by Graham Smith » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:39 pm

I thought I might have a stab at this one Minnie.

I have increased the contrast, mostly by dodging & burning, and removed the plant in the bottom right corner.
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EDIT: Looking at it on here perhaps the snow could stand a bit more brightening ?
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Post by minniev » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:54 pm

Graham Smith wrote:I thought I might have a stab at this one Minnie.

I have increased the contrast, mostly by dodging & burning, and removed the plant in the bottom right corner.
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EDIT: Looking at it on here perhaps the snow could stand a bit more brightening ?



Thank you Graham, I like it! Yes, I was on the side of the swamp that's shadowed in the morning, so I do believe brightening is in order to get that dullness out, definitely in my version and perhaps in your improved version too.
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Post by Graham Smith » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:58 pm

minniev wrote:
Graham Smith wrote:I thought I might have a stab at this one Minnie.

I have increased the contrast, mostly by dodging & burning, and removed the plant in the bottom right corner.
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EDIT: Looking at it on here perhaps the snow could stand a bit more brightening ?



Thank you Graham, I like it! Yes, I was on the side of the swamp that's shadowed in the morning, so I do believe brightening is in order to get that dullness out, definitely in my version and perhaps in your improved version too.


The work on the snow would need to be subtle as the brightness could easily overpower the whole image.
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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:01 pm

Graham's cleanup of the bush makes a huge difference IMO and is far superior to my crop :)
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Post by Duck » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:26 pm

[heading]Editing tip # 357[/heading]
On the subject of bush cleaning, here is a perfect example of how to use image "seconds" to "repair" problems.
If you are like me, you likely take multiple shots of a scene and then later determine which one you want to keep. This process leaves you with a half dozen or so similar images that you can use as material you can use to fix issues like this bush.
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