Robert Schleif  

Untitled by Robert Schleif

October 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Apparently my eye and brain enhance the colors of an object depending on the overall scene. All summer I've been attracted to this interestingly colored fern, and every shot I've taken of it has yielded disappointingly bland images. Finally, I gave up and used my image editor program to make the image look as I've been seeing the fern in my mind's eye. I think this might have been a "good" image if the stem had a more graceful curve to it.
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8 comments posted

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A lovely sharp fern Beautiful colors. The whites seem a little too white however   Posted: 10/09/2019 12:15:06

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I suspect this might be a Japanese Painted Fern. They are lovely and very distinctive in color.I think the placement and the gentle curve of the fern frond is fine. I find the background distracting. Perhaps if the frond was not lying directly on the background so the background could be blurred??
  Posted: 10/11/2019 22:20:52

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Thank you for the name of the fern. It seems as if I have great difficulty in learning, despite a number of similar suggestions in the past, to tone down the backgrounds in such pictures. Here is the fern with the background blurred as, I think, you are suggesting.   Posted: 10/13/2019 16:30:58
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
You're welcome. I like this version much better. It creates separation which I think improves the image.

  Posted: 10/13/2019 16:44:38

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I find your post processing to have successfully milked all that is interesting to me in this image. I am not saying that the image isn't interesting, only that the background was not really an issue with my vision of the subject: it is sufficiently contrasted with the dark background not to be distracting.   Posted: 10/17/2019 17:57:19

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Well, in blurring the background, I did lose some sharpness of the fern. Do you think that this could be the reason the image is no longer interesting to you? Alternatively, in the original, there was some consistency in the sharpness of the fern and the background stone. In the modification, this unanimity is gone, and perhaps some tension is generated as a result. Perhaps this is what you are feeling?
I've played with blurring or reducing the contrast of the background outside the immediate area of the fern. Here's what reducing the contrast looks like. I would like to know how both you and Dorinda like this version.   Posted: 10/17/2019 20:02:37
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Robert, I think this second revision is well done. It works for me.   Posted: 10/18/2019 12:58:52

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Thanks to the help from Jon and Dorinda, I like the latest version more than the earlier versions. As for Judy's comment about the white--that's the way this fern looks, and changing the white to green or red might look interesting, but it isn't the way I saw the fern.   Posted: 10/18/2019 19:45:59


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