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A close-up bit of a pussywillow tree

Post by LindaShorey » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:33 pm

Spring is busting out all over, though they're predicting some snow for Sunday :|

Your impressions and suggestions would be appreciated. Texture added to background, sharpening tool used (hopefully sparingly) on the buds.
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Post by davechinn » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:20 pm

LindaShorey wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Spring is busting out all over, though they're predicting some snow for Sunday :|

Your impressions and suggestions would be appreciated. Texture added to background, sharpening tool used (hopefully sparingly) on the buds.


Color tone is an attention getter Linda. The textured layer and depth of field is appealing. Like it very much.
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:04 pm

I like this also - is very special. I like the limited palette and the way that the white sets it off. Beautiful details in all the right places.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:42 am

LindaShorey wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Spring is busting out all over, though they're predicting some snow for Sunday :|

Your impressions and suggestions would be appreciated. Texture added to background, sharpening tool used (hopefully sparingly) on the buds.
An explosion of life, Linda. Perfectly done. Hope springs eternal when you show moments like this. Thanks. Matt
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:08 am

A well done image Linda...for me a bit warm and I'm not sure the negative space left is necessary......just a couple of thoughts

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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:05 pm

Dave, Piet, Matt and Frank - thank you all so much for your time and comments.

Dave, I am digging that avatar!!

Frank, re saturation: I wished I hadn't posted this til after the sun moved around and wasn't shining quite so brightly in my living room :) Isn't the first time the bright light (and using a laptop to edit, oy) gave me "slightly" more color than I might have chosen otherwise. Re negative space: thanks for mentioning. I always find that an interesting discussion point.

With my big skies that people often want to trim, it's about a feeling of wide open spaces and how natural that look is where I live. With some close-ups, including these buds, it's more about not feeling claustrophobic - giving enough space so the edges of the frame aren't in my thoughts. But also perhaps the negative space emphasizes the small and delicate nature of the subject? A feeling, rather than a detailed study such as macro photography would be. Appreciate your making my brain work a little this morning!

EDIT...10 hours later, I decided to try Frank's suggestion :D (a bit off the top too). I confess I like it!
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Post by minniev » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:13 pm

Very nice image with great detail and rich color work, and I do like the crop, though I might not have cropped quite that far in on the left. In these textured images, there is always a battle about how much to keep. Textures work best on un-busy images with some negative space, but if we leave too much, then the texture starts to dominate the subject. I confess to having mixed feelings about my own work in this kind of image.
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Post by LindaShorey » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:37 pm

minniev wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:13 pm
Very nice image with great detail and rich color work, and I do like the crop, though I might not have cropped quite that far in on the left. In these textured images, there is always a battle about how much to keep. Textures work best on un-busy images with some negative space, but if we leave too much, then the texture starts to dominate the subject. I confess to having mixed feelings about my own work in this kind of image.
Thank you Minnie! Great point about staying alert and not letting the texture dominate. Much appreciated.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:52 am

LindaShorey wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:05 pm
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EDIT...10 hours later, I decided to try Frank's suggestion :D (a bit off the top too). I confess I like it!
I like this better too! Absolutely beautiful! S-
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