Cindy Lynch  

Nautilus Shell   by Cindy Lynch

May 2020 - Nautilus Shell

About the Image(s)

I took the close up of this shell at a Mike Moats workshop. I liked the shapes and sheen of the chambers. In post processing, I adjusted the details, contrast and luminance and then added a Topaz glow layer and dialed the opacity way back. Settings: f/18, 1/30 sec., ISO 6400 (I had my camera set to auto ISO, which I never do anymore, especially with a tripod) and 210 mm focal length (I now use a fixed 35 mm lens for close-ups).

5 comments posted

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I think the coils of this shell are beautiful. My eyes want to follow the curves to the center of the shell, but they are also drawn to the right side of the picture, which I am not sure you wanted. I do like the glow.   Posted: 05/06/2020 11:16:34
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I see your point. The right side is too light.   Posted: 05/06/2020 11:25:39

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I love the lines in the shell. The right side being lighter does not bother me that much. Because it is lighter, you really see the color variations created. I am having a problem with the color shapes in the center. They feel like they are blown out pixels, but are they actually part of the shell?   Posted: 05/19/2020 09:49:00
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Yes, they ae part of the shell.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:15:14

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
This picture is loaded with all the angles you could ever want plus the colors and focus are ideal. I would suggest moving the center of the shell to one side or the other. Maybe I'm wrong. Only the artist knows for sure. If it feels right, it is. May I suggest the video Art Lessons - Methods for finding pleasing compositions (Aaron's Art Tips Season 2 E17) on YouTube.   Posted: 05/20/2020 23:59:04


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