Richard Story  


AWAKENING by Richard Story

September 2020 - AWAKENING

About the Image(s)

CANON 7D MKII
400MM
F/5.6
1/500
ISO 800
ON A WALK THRU THE SWAMPS CHASING WILDLIFE IN FLORIDA, AND CAME ACROSS THIS BRACKEN FERN UNCURLING, WITH WHAT I CALL A MOSQUITO HAWK NESTLED ON IT.
USING HIGH ISO DUE TO LACK OF LIGHT UNDER TREES.
HANDHELD, FROM ABOUT TWO FEET AWAY (LOVE THAT 100-400 LENS)
USING LR I CROPPED SOME AND DID VIGNETTE.


4 comments posted




Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Richard: Never have examined a Bracken Fern in close detail before, design in nature is certainly interesting. The head of the fern is quite sharp with the bottom part of the stem and leaves going slightly soft. Using your 100-400 zoom at 400mm your depth of field at f/5.6 is going to be extremely shallow to begin with; if you were shooting at even a slight downward angle at the fern this would cause the slight un-sharpness at the bottom of the frame. The soft out of focus green background supports the subject very well, and then the "bug" adds a good point of interest.   Posted: 09/06/2020 14:10:38



Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Hmm! Tastes like asparagus. My eye immediately focused on the top 2/3 of your image so the slight softness at the bottom did not distract or bother me. The vignette did a very nice job of keeping my eyes focused on the subject of the image so the minor softness below was inconsequential. Vignette also provided more eye appeal to the out of focus background, which in turn, provided a non-distracting background and better appreciation of your subject.   Posted: 09/09/2020 18:56:39



Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Hi Richard, visiting from Group 57. Luv ferns when they unfurl like this. Nice image and composition, esp when carrying that heavy zoom lens. I like the diagonal leaves starting at the bottom and pointing up to the center of interest, and the angle of the main stem adds to this as well, all makes for a strong composition. The only thing that I might add is toning down that bright spot at the top of the image. Well done.   Posted: 09/18/2020 09:07:44



Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Richard, You have presented a nicely unfurling fern with a bonus critter hanging on. Excellent focus on the critter and top of the fern. The soft lower part of the fern is not a distraction, to me. I like the diagonal composition and the out of focus background. Good color and lighting. Very nice image without much post processing.   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:16:24



 

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