Jacky Lee  

Orion by Jacky Lee

March 2023 - Orion

March 2023 - Jacky Lee


About the Image(s)

Orion shines with stars aglow,
Above the trees below.
Its belt, a guide for night's trek,
With woods as its silhouette.

The firmament, a canvas, blue and vast,
With glittering speckles in its cast.
This sight, a wondrous, peaceful view,
With forest floor and heaven anew.

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9 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
My first impression of looking at the image is tha it's about the trees and the sky is a background to it. But your poem deals with the sky. I think your PP is wonderful. What is the light in the lower third from? Seems a tad too bright to my eye and I think reducing the brightness/luminance would be less distracting because it calls attention away from the stars in the sky. I think a 9x16 crop lopping off the right of the image would emphasize the sky a lot more and the trees below would more strongly push the viewer's eyes to the stars. I do like the blues and greens.   Posted: 03/24/2023 14:06:34
Jacky Lee
Hi Trey, thank you for your thoughtful feedback on my image and poem. I appreciate the time you took to analyze the composition and share your insights.

Regarding the light in the lower third of the image, the yellow hue is actually due to street lights that were present at the scene. I understand how it may be distracting, and I will consider your suggestion to reduce the brightness or luminance to create a better balance with the stars in the sky.

I also appreciate your suggestion on the 9x16 crop to emphasize the sky more and allow the trees to guide the viewer's eyes towards the stars. I will experiment with this idea and see how it impacts the overall composition.

Once again, thank you for your valuable input, and I'm glad you enjoyed the blues and greens in the image.   Posted: 03/25/2023 05:55:26

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Jacky, I must say I'm impressed with your denoising technique on the image. The clarity and additional details are noticeable. However, I did notice that the purple color in the middle of the sky seems a bit unusual, as there isn't even color around the tree in the middle. Overall, I really appreciate the design of your image, the shape and balance are very well done. However, in terms of color, it seems a bit unrealistic to me. Thank you.   Posted: 03/25/2023 20:54:03
Jacky Lee
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on my photograph. I'm glad to hear that you appreciated the denoising technique and found the overall design, shape, and balance of the image to be well-executed.

To give you more insight into the denoising process, I used "Denoise AI" to enhance the clarity of the image. Before applying the denoising algorithm, I manually masked the stars and deselected the star areas to ensure that the denoise process wouldn't affect the starlight. This technique helped to preserve the natural beauty of the stars while reducing noise in other parts of the image.

I appreciate your perspective on the purple hues in the middle of the sky and the uneven color distribution around the trees. In future projects, I'll strive to strike a better balance between artistic expression and realism while also paying closer attention to color consistency.

Upon closer inspection, I can see the uneven color around the trees that you mentioned. Your keen eye for detail is a great reminder of the importance of reviewing our work at different magnifications to catch any imperfections. I'll be sure to keep this in mind moving forward. Thank you.   Posted: 03/26/2023 21:57:09

Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Hi Jacky.
I was also distracted but the streetlights and they should be removed. Try masking in Lightroom using the colour range and luminosity mask which allow you to select the colour and the luminosity in the distracting area of the light and then you can change the colour and exposure etc. In the image attached I have used the lightroom colour range mask twice and luminosity mask once. I applied adjustments to the masked areas in colour, brightness and shadows. This still allows the trees to be seen as trees but the bulk of the distraction has gone. I also cropped the image at the base and on the right hand side to give the trees more perceived height.   Posted: 03/25/2023 23:28:00
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Jacky Lee
Thank you for your insightful comments and suggestions regarding the streetlights in my photograph. I appreciate your expertise and the time you took to provide a detailed solution for addressing the distractions they cause.

Your suggestion to use color range and luminosity masks in Lightroom to selectively adjust the color, brightness, and shadows of the distracting areas sounds like an excellent approach. I'm grateful for the example you provided, as it clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of this technique in reducing the distractions while preserving the natural appearance of the trees.

Furthermore, I appreciate the recommendation to crop the image at the base and on the right-hand side to enhance the perceived height of the trees. This adjustment, in combination with your masking suggestions, will undoubtedly lead to a more refined and polished final result.   Posted: 03/26/2023 22:03:51

Sanat Kumar Karmakar   Sanat Kumar Karmakar
I always like watching night sky. This beautiful picture of Orion and other stars are my attractions as a part of Astrophotography. This is the first time, I am watching in scape group. I like to encourage more photographes of night sky.
Thanks a lot for sharing, we must follow to capture this type of skyscape with more details of sky at evening and night.   Posted: 03/26/2023 11:27:43
Jacky Lee
Thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm about my night sky photograph. I'm thrilled to hear that you have a passion for astrophotography and appreciate the beauty of Orion and the stars captured in this image.

I wanted to mention that the purple color in the middle of the sky was an intentional choice on my part. I aimed to convey the afterglow colors that appear after sunset, and I felt that introducing the purple hue would help achieve that effect. Additionally, I retained the yellow color of the street lamps to create a complementary contrast with the blue sky, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the photograph.

Your encouragement means a great deal to me, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to share this type of photography with the group. I wholeheartedly agree that capturing the evening and night sky with more detail is a fantastic pursuit, and I'm eager to explore and refine my skills in this area.   Posted: 03/26/2023 22:11:29

Mark Fox   Mark Fox

A beautiful image of the night sky, and a beautiful poem to accompany it. I might suggest you tone down the yellow band across the bottom 3rd of the image and try to give the trees a bit more light and definition. Could you select/isolate the trees and experiment with different White Balance settings just to see how that impacts the overall image.

Mark   Posted: 03/28/2023 09:36:30