Andrew Carstensen  

Japanese Maple by Andrew Carstensen

November 2020 - Japanese Maple

November 2020 - Andrew Carstensen


About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon Powershot G5
Lens: Standard Lens, Macro Mode set to On
Filters: ND Filter set to off
Exposure Settings: Manual Mode, ISO 50, F3, 1/50
Editing Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 with Elements+
Tripod: Tripod was used for this shot

Seeds of a Japanese Maple. Taken in natural sunlight from the side. A small adjustment was made to the tone and contrast in Elements 2020.

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5 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Interesting subject Andrew, I like the shape and color. I think the diagonal angle you used really adds to the compositions strength. I don't know anything about your camera but I'm wondering if you could used a high f stop, say maybe f8 which may have given more depth of field on the seed. You've got some bright corners that could benefit from being darken so the viewers attention stays on the seed.   Posted: 11/10/2020 11:18:26

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I like the angle of the flower you captured, but I find the leaves and pink elements a little distracting. What if you tried to crop in slightly? I find the background distracting. I would also try content awarding some of that blurry stuff out. It could make for a more striking composition.   Posted: 11/11/2020 12:45:21
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Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
This is an interesting subject with an interesting angle to the Maple. You have reasonably good details on the leaves. On my monitor it seems a little noisy and the two white spots on the left keep taking my eye from your subject.   Posted: 11/14/2020 11:53:10

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice capture and I agree with Cindy that the diagonal angle makes for a strong composition. As others have stated, the background distracts and pulls interest away from your main subject. I made a stab at reducing the background noise and bright spots, and darkened the blacks.   Posted: 11/15/2020 10:36:05
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Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I like the simple shape, angle and color of the leaves of this Japanese Maple. Removed what I think were decorative but distracting elements. Used Topaz DeNoise to reduce the noise. Kept the corner leaf to show context and balance the photo.   Posted: 11/20/2020 13:16:09
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