Vincent Cochain, EPSA  

Wild grass by Vincent Cochain, EPSA

March 2023 - Wild grass

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1/800 s at f/8,0, ISO 800 with 38 mm (FF)
High speed due to the wind...
I decreased the highlight and the black. I increased the texture and decreased the clarity (- 100). Maybe a little too much....

Beautiful sunset at home. I went in the field and took picture of poppies and wild grass. The DoF is still too small, but I needed speed and not too high ISO.

7 comments posted

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Vincent: A common scene out in our farm valley of roadside grasses and your picture looks very natural, just the way it is.
Wind is probably the number one challenge for a flower photographer working in the field, if you had much wind to deal with that just increases the degree of difficulty. You have maintained a high shutter speed to stop grass movement at the cost of enough depth of field to attain sharpness through out the clump of grass. You would have needed to use F/16 to have the entire grass clump pretty sharp throughout.
I would not have decreased the clarity, probably would have added clarity as it may have added some sharpness to your grass clump.
It appears you had a layer of fog over the field, as the bottom of the picture looks like fog in the distance. Cheers.
  Posted: 03/02/2023 01:27:16

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A very peaceful image of grass I agree with Murphy I think cropping just above the hazy orange area would improve this image Since it is not sharp perhaps treating it as a creative work I put a texture on it Before I selected the grass I got white grass which I also liked so I attach both   Posted: 03/08/2023 16:01:03
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Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Here it is as I planned I also put a 3 pixel stroke around both images   Posted: 03/08/2023 16:01:40
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Raymond Tice   Raymond Tice
Vincent, I like the image and the message it portrays. When I look at the image I wonder if you wanted them bending slightly to make the viewer think of wind rather than having them straight? I agree with the others that cropping out some of the bottom might help the image as my eyes keep going there given that area's relative brightness. And when I look closely at lets say the grass on the far left, it seems that the area right around the grass as you get closer to its bottom is slightly darker than the sky - like a halo effect?   Posted: 03/08/2023 18:54:00

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I applaud your eye in seeing this image. As shown, it has an unstated simplicity that works here. I do find that it's not as sharp as it might be (as noted earlier) and that a challenge of getting the settings right. I find that people tend to be more afraid of a too high ISO, rather than opting for faster shutter speeds (and more stomped down apertures). With today's cameras, this is far less an issue as it used to be. Additionally, you can correct for the noise that high ISO might introduce, but you can't correct for "lack of sharpness" nearly as effectively. In this image I note a dark halo (or smug) surrounding the actual grass stems that I suspect was introduced in processing, but I am not sure what to do to correct that.   Posted: 03/13/2023 13:49:37

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Vincent I like your wild grass. I think the gradient background makes this photo. Well done getting down low and looking up. Yes, it needs to be a little sharper. I have learned that its okay to shoot with ISO 400, even ISO 800 and sometimes ISO 1200 with shutter speeds 1/1600, 1/2000. May I suggest that you just try them all and see what works with your camera. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Nicely done Vincent.
  Posted: 03/14/2023 20:34:54

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
CONGRATULATIONS VINCENT FOR BEING CHOSEN FOR THIS MONTHS MEMBER SHOWCASE! Your landscape is very well done. The colors and composition are wonderful. Where was this taken?   Posted: 03/16/2023 13:54:04


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