Mark Laussade  

Frozen by Mark Laussade

March 2020 - Frozen

About the Image(s)

I have begun experimenting with frozen leaves and flowers. My neighbor's tree sheds multicolored leaves each autumn, much to my delight. I did some sharpening and noise reduction with Topaz AI Clear and some additional sharpening in Lightroom. I plan to do a series of such photographs, but wanted some feedback before I got in too deep.
Canon 5d Mark IV
100mm Macro lens
.3 sec @ f11

7 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
What a great idea! And, your initial "frozen" submission is wonderful. Beautiful.

When I thought about what was so appealing about your image, I decided that for me it is the array of colors and the fantastic patterns made by the leaf veins. I played a bit in Photoshop (mostly Camera Raw) to see if I could further emphasize the colors/veins... turning it into even more of an abstract.

Your thoughts?

  Posted: 03/04/2020 08:55:48
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Mark, forgive me, I am not going to comment on this simply because, although I applaud your effort, I am not any good at accessing most abstract images. I can truly say that that the colours here are lovely and the touch of blue adds a great deal. I hope I don't come across like the judge who gives an image a low score because he doesn't like cats.   Posted: 03/05/2020 20:05:43

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Mark, I do like all the colors in the image. The bright white icy spots are distracting to me and more emphasized in Oliver's emphasis of color/veins. Oliver cropped the yellow and light blue areas on the left side of the image. I agree with that. I did do a color selection and played with the white areas in a mask and clone stamped a random pattern in my attached image. I think the best way to eliminate the white areas is not have glare, reflections or too much light in those areas. You said you were looking for ideas but in an abstract anything goes. Great start on your project.   Posted: 03/06/2020 15:58:59
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Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Yes, the reflections are problematic, but I wanted some in the frame to help the viewer understand the subject. Don't know if a polarizer might help. I like Stephen's repair of the hot spot and will try that myself. Oliver's take is also cool. Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep refining the process.   Posted: 03/06/2020 21:41:30

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
I agree with Pete and Stephen's comments, your original has some hot spots which are a bit distracting. Nature certainly creates interesting patterns and textures which have captured, nice job.   Posted: 03/06/2020 17:40:43

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
You have produced a very nice abstract; great colors. I might tone down the hot spots a little; and to complete the picture, I might add a frame.   Posted: 03/10/2020 15:32:31
Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to reshoot this to avoid hotspots.   Posted: 03/11/2020 10:02:35


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