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POTM [12/07] POTM: December is Red

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by Nexxo, 18 Dec 2007.

  1. Nexxo

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    Not exactly a white Christmas this year, but still pretty... :)


    Slight blurring (I really need to get myself a tripod) and slight blow-out at the top (I really need to get a graduated filter...). Otherwise not bad for an unplanned shot.
     
  2. supermonkey

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    Wow. Is that natural color? I ask because some of the ground areas look red, as well.

    I'm really not bothered by the slight blow out at the top. The highlights don't seem overly blown, and the vivid color immediately draws the eye down. The color is great, the composition is pleasantly simple, and the resulting image just works. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more detail in the trees, but since the subject is clearly the red leaves, I'm not that bothered about it.

    Nice job.

    -monkey
     
  3. Major

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    Aye looks photoshopped. :p

    Nice pic.
     
  4. dragontail

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    Woah, great shot man. Nice use of the colour. What time of day was this?
     
  5. OleJ

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    Late evening light?
    Very nice reds. Actually the colors are brilliant. But lacking in composition if I may be so direct. (look who's McTalking ;) )
     
  6. Nexxo

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    It was sunset at the time, with frosty, hazy atmosphere as it was a cold winter evening. If the sky was not quite so bright in the image, it would have shown the pale orange it was in real life. This gave the otherwise burnt orange leaves a deep reddish hue, and that was what drew me to take a picture. I also set white balance for shadow, which boosts the warmer colours.

    However in the upper left you can see a bit of green grass for comparison. :)
     
  7. OleJ

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    Impressed with how well you know your camera settings :) It's taken me 5 months to learn that low aperture means low dof and vice versa :D
     
  8. ajack

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    The red leaves on the ground look nice and all but the massive over-reddening of the whole thing detracts from it a lot imho, especially on the branches which don't look like they have red leaves, more that the branches are red themselves, far too much saturation I think.
     
  9. Nexxo

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    The branches don't have any leaves. It is the sky behind them that was orange (sunset + haze). That is also what caused the reddening of the scene... I could dial down the saturation but that would lose the whole point of the picture.

    It messes with your mind because you expect forrests to be green. :)
     
  10. Lorquis

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    I must say I normally hate 'nature' shots but I actually really like this one.. My only issues are the same as you brought up...

    Good work dude!
     
  11. crazyg1zm0

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    I do love this picture especially how the red of the leaves looks un-natural
     
  12. OleJ

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    I gotta say that the red ringing around the branches really gets to me... But the leaves on the ground look sooo good. I dunno... Personally I'd try cropping all above the grey background tree line away and then remove just a slight in the bottom. Giving an extreme wide but also very interesting composition with the trees sticking up from the red ground like scattered poles.

    Sorry if I'm too harsh. Trying hard not to be :)
     
  13. Nexxo

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    No worries. :) All points of view are valuable. I think one of the problems is that I didn't have a tripod, which made the shot less sharp than it should have been.
     
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