Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  


Feather and droplets by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

September 2020 - Feather and droplets

September 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

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Feather and droplets
I said before that I have spent the Summer doing macro photography and the idea of taking some feathers arose because I saw a beautiful white feather on the ground some time ago and didn’t pick it up. So, then I was on the lookout for another one and couldn’t find any. I have a couple of peacock feathers for my cat to play with but they obviously look best in colour. Finally I found this white feather. I put it on the glazing sheet again and dropped some water onto it. This is quite difficult as I have a tremor in my hand so placing droplets exactly where I want them is a bit hit and miss! I wanted the feather diagonally across the frame and I decided to light it with my new LED lamp. Getting the depth of field right involved some experimentation “I should have gone for photostacking, but in the end I was quite pleased, until I saw the image on the computer and realised there were lots of dust bits “from the feather-and that the lamp was visible in the droplets. Was it worth all the effort? Is it worth entering in competitions? Should I remove the lamp reflections?
I enjoyed the process and sometimes one just has to accept that this is the best one can achieve even when the photo doesn’t work!
ISO 320 F16 1/25


12 comments posted




Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I like the feather & water droplets. Is a nice capture with a peaceful feeling. Is it worth your effort, I think so. Just a little cleanup of a few dust spots. Well done   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:50:41
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes the dust needs to go. What do you think about the reflection of the light in the front left droplet?   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:27:49
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I like the reflection, gives some depth to this interesting image. I also agree with Stephens comments about the shaft being blown out a little. For me, his edit improves this nice image.   Posted: 09/05/2020 14:17:40



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Applause for experimenting with new things, and for working so hard at it. I think you have some pretty good success with this. I really like the unique idea of combining a feather with water droplets--most people would have combined leaves or grass with water droplets.
I don't mind the reflections in the droplets, and I did not notice the dust bits.
The only suggestion I have is about your strong preference for contrast. I think in this case, there is a delicacy in the veins of the feather in the original that does not come through in the finished image. Also I think your finished image has the feather shaft a bit blown out. I started with your original and here is how I would have done it. Of course this is my preference, and does not have to be yours.   Posted: 09/04/2020 01:57:08
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Stephen, you are right -the shaft did get blown out as I increased the contrast and i couldn't work out how to get the pure black I wanted around the feather without losing the whites. I probably should have masked it somehow. I still prefer the starkness of the surrounds on mine but the feather is better on yours!   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:19:34
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
So PS Curves should take care of this, to map the dark grays to solid black. I have a similar function on PS Elements, and it has pre-selects, as well as sliders, so I used "Increase Contrast." How does this look.   Posted: 09/04/2020 12:44:07
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Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
I think your last version did it very well, Stephen. And Diana, I am impressed with your close-ups and your fresh ideas. Hit or miss demands patience, but is some times the only way to go. Also a decent sharpness, considering 1/25 sec.   Posted: 09/06/2020 11:53:31
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I used a tripod!   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:11:46



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This was definitely worth your time. Most of my photography is in the macro world so when I look at your image I do have a couple of ideas. The dust specks are distracting and I think seeing the light source is as well. Seeing the light source reminds me that this is not a "natural" image. Macro takes so much set-up, adjusting light, depth of field, angle of the shot, etc. But in the end, the image appears as if it came about naturally. Light can be a real challenge here, so a bright led with a diffuser is always good. The detail in the water drops and the reflection in them are so interesting.   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:17:49
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Yes, the time taken is enormous and then it is very annoying when something like a light showing up, spoils the image. I shall take it out. For some of my other shots, I used a white box and shone a flash upwards inside it so there was just soft even lighting, but the LED provides more directional and harsher light which was what i was after with this feather.   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:24:49



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I like the lighter tone of the feather that Diana entered. I did use a duplicate layer and mask to darken only the feather shaft. Then to me the droplets above the feather are distracting, so I removed them and the reflection from the light and a few dust spots. I did notice the magnifying glass effect from some of the droplets on the feather. That effect has interested me, but I have never tried. Maybe this would be a good time for me to experiment. Also, maybe Diana could focus in more on the droplets that are magnifying parts of the feather.   Posted: 09/09/2020 14:19:02
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
This does seem to have produced quite a lot of different feelings. I like Tom's starkness and the pure black background is good. I'm not sure whether the other drops are distracting or not, and I can't tell what is reflected in the ones which are on the feather, except I can see the LED lamp. The dust certainly needs to be cleaned up. Thanks for all the help folks!   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:58:07



 

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