Lloyd Delaney  


FOUND ALONG THE TRAIL by Lloyd Delaney

November 2020 - FOUND ALONG THE TRAIL

About the Image(s)


This is the result of experimenting with low key photography using window light. I used my Olympus E-M1X Camera with a 12-40mm F2.8 lens at a focal length of 25mm. It was shot at 1/5 second at f 5.0 and is the result of 8 focus stacked images. I used Photoshop to merge the images by first loading them as layer from lightroom. I then selected the images (now layers) and did auto align. Next auto merge. This leaves an image with the sharpest focus from each layer. I then adjusted the light and removed any spots


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9 comments posted




Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
This image is a bit too dark for my taste. I think you might do well if you selectively brightened a leaf or two.   Posted: 11/06/2020 13:30:58
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Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I will play with your idea. This is one of my first attempts at low key photography. I do kind of like the darkness of it. It accentuates the shapes. Thank you and Jamie for the feedback.   Posted: 11/08/2020 19:15:04
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Here is a version where I lightened the darker areas. What do you think?   Posted: 11/09/2020 16:09:10
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Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I like this one better but I'm still waiting to hear more about low-key and why you want to use it.   Posted: 11/17/2020 13:46:23



Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
I agree with Beverly about the darkness being too much. I like the way she selectively brightened some leaves. I think the large leaf needs lighting more too. I may try and work with it too and add later. Like the idea and composition.   Posted: 11/08/2020 14:34:25



Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Lloyd, I like your mixture of colors and textures, but I agree that the photo is too dark. I found myself wanting to be able to see more of the shapes, colors and textures.   Posted: 11/09/2020 08:33:35



Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
My first reaction - it's too dark. Next was - it's really sharp! Then I read your description and thought I must learn more about low key photography. Maybe you could say more about why you like it so dark. The composition and sharpness are perfect.   Posted: 11/09/2020 10:00:32



Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Wow, I love the stark contrast of the leaves against the black background. Great use of negative space to keep the focus on he different textures and colors of the leaves. I think the variety of different leaves makes for a really interesting combination. The sharpness of the leaves and the highlights on their edges are perfect. Great shot!   Posted: 11/19/2020 11:25:34
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I am glad that you like it. You got what I wanted to show.   Posted: 11/19/2020 19:24:55