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Old September 27th, 2011, 03:45 PM
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I've picked up my camera again, and not surprisingly, I've returned to a comfortable topic but looking at it in an entirely new way. With this image, there is something that definitely appeals to me, but it's "unfinished." I can't share my "arc of intent" because I've not yet figured out what it is (other than I'm enchanted by the "dreamy" quality). I was hoping that others' comments (good, bad, relevant, irrelevant, whatever) might help me achieve the "aha!" moment.



Jacob Eliana: Unfinished Study of a Weed

ISO 100, 1/30, 2.8, tripod.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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I've picked up my camera again, and not surprisingly, I've returned to a comfortable topic but looking at it in an entirely new way. With this image, there is something that definitely appeals to me, but it's "unfinished." I can't share my "arc of intent" because I've not yet figured out what it is (other than I'm enchanted by the "dreamy" quality). I was hoping that others' comments (good, bad, relevant, irrelevant, whatever) might help me achieve the "aha!" moment.



Jacob Eliana: Unfinished Study of a Weed

ISO 100, 1/30, 2.8, tripod.
Excellent beginning! I love the dreamy effect. Soft is mostly better than hard! Just look again at the whites to be more white, perhaps and the yellows to be a tad cleaner.

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Old September 27th, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Ah, ok! I tried upping the contrast and lightening it, but making it sharper took away the quality I wanted. Selective color manipulation might be the ticket.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 09:28 PM
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Reminds me of the work from a member on another forum. I like.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mish21/

Check out the "soft flowers" set.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:48 PM
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That's an interesting link. Thanks!
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Old October 1st, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Rachel, I like the dreamy quality a lot, but I think it's missing an overall increased dynamic range.

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Old October 2nd, 2011, 07:49 PM
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That's it exactly!
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Old October 5th, 2011, 03:09 PM
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Rachel, I like the dreamy quality a lot, but I think it's missing an overall increased dynamic range.

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Rachel,

I will disagree with Jean - the DR needs limited - it needs a lightness for me - almost as if it's kissed by the light - floating off the surface of the paper / screen.

can i post a rework ?

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Old October 5th, 2011, 03:44 PM
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Please do. I would love to see what you mean.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 12:16 AM
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Please do. I would love to see what you mean.

Rachel,

I am no PS expert - so there may be better ways to do this - it gives it a lightness - but just a quick idea.









Jacob Eliana: Unfinished Study of a Weed









I will post later on this - got to run oot tae work.

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Old October 6th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Very intriguing. My impulse was to go the other way.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 09:12 AM
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A lovely striking image, Rachel. It needed some brightening and I like what Mark has done, to reveal it's ethereal beauty.
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