Jerry Paskowitz  

5 Forest Floor by Jerry Paskowitz

June 2020 - 5 Forest Floor

About the Image(s)

This image was captured in mid-October 2019 while on a hike near Paris, Ontario. The light in the dense forest was quite low in the late afternoon, but a shaft came through the canopy illuminating the fallen leaf, the arced plant, some clover and sagebrush. It was so striking that I stopped to capture the image. In post, using LR/C I lightened some shadows, applied sharpening, cropped it and applied a vignette to deemphasize the extraneous elements in the fore- and back- ground. I also like the way the vignette isolates the scene. PS was used to remove a distracting rock that was on top of the sagebrush. [Nikon D810; Nikkor AFS 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm; 1/90s; f/8; ISO1100; aperture priority] Nature presented an image that I found to be somewhat unique and I have tried to make the most of what I saw.

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12 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
You succeeded! Wonderful image   Posted: 06/01/2020 10:14:22
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
See below   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:20:05

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Jerry, I really like how you used the vignette instead of cropping the image. It really focuses the eye on the subject while simultaneously removing the distracting elements. Very well done.   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:02:38
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
See below   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:20:23

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Paul and Michael, thanks very much for the +ve comments. I appreciate it considering that both of you have also posted great images here.   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:19:14

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Unique indeed. The shaft of light along with the dramatic vignetting produced a striking image, Jerry. It's fun to take a scene that nature provides and shine it up nicely. You have a good eye in choosing to capture a scene with opposite colors - the red against the greens. I also appreciate the circular motion in the photo. It twirls around from lower left. My eyes follow upward and then the circle follows the green weed then comes in closer to the center. Brilliant.   Posted: 06/14/2020 12:46:25
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Dan. Your comments are appreciated and some day I hope to be able to create images as spectacular as the ones you have shared!   Posted: 06/17/2020 15:28:09

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Nice image!! Good dramatic effect, indeed!!   Posted: 06/17/2020 15:03:57
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thank you Jean. It was definitely about 50% image capture and 50% post-processing.   Posted: 06/17/2020 15:29:27

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Jerry, I like the way you used the available light (As I do a lot of photo taking in a coastal rain forest I appreciate the issues with low light). I also think the placement of the two points of interest, the fallen leaf and the arching plant, work wonderfully for you. The additional effort you put into post processing has, in my opinion, gone a long way in creating an artistic image with a sense of story (seeing the shamrocks, my mind has me thinking of a leprechaun coming up to pick them). The vignetting helps my eye to stay focused on the central points of your image. Great job !   Posted: 06/18/2020 12:59:41

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I've looked at this photograph the whole month and still can not find a four leaf clover. I like how you made the forest floor come alive. The vignette really draws your eye to the orange leaf.   Posted: 06/27/2020 18:42:52
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks very much Darcy. I agree with you, there is no four leaf clover! It took me a while in post to get the effect that I wanted and I am pleased that my fellow members seem to like the image. This is definitely a great group since everyone is quite accomplished. Putting an image in front of everyone for comment is certainly challenging. That's why we're "here".   Posted: 06/29/2020 09:41:19