Barbara Asacker  

Knight Time by Barbara Asacker

June 2020 - Knight Time

About the Image(s)

I shot this image near a window with natural light. A tripod was used. I processed the image in Adobe Camera Raw. I also cropped, sharpened, and darkened the background in Photoshop Elements. Settings were: f/32; ISO 100; shutter 4 seconds. All your helpful comments are welcome.

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6 comments posted

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
This is a pretty neat idea. I like that you used natural light. The image appears somewhat unfocused to me. Perhaps stepping up to f/16 would help? I also think apply a burn to the bright areas would be helpful.   Posted: 06/09/2020 12:01:03

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I like it! It doesn't look unsharp to me, but yes do remember what we discussed about diffraction. The sharpest photos with significant depth of field relative to lens to subject distance come from merging a stack of pictures taken at the best lens setting.

Photographing shiny objects is a nightmare! Talc his nose!! Sometimes a polarising filter helps. Diffusing the light source also can help, you just have to experiment.   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:32:11
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Stuart,
Thank you. I will try a diffuser and a polarizing lens. I was trying very hard to capture a sharp image so I didn't notice the bright spots.
I appreciate your helpful comments last month, but I wasn't able to reply because we ran out of space on the site. So I am sending you a belated thank you.
  Posted: 06/11/2020 19:33:45

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
You got great detail in this shot and it looks like I can reach out and touch it. I've certainly never been so up close and personal with a knight (at least of the chess variety). d;¬{D

I'm thinking that F32 is the smallest aperture your camera can manage - it is in my lens. This is part of why you've gotten some bright spots, too, because of the way lens work - what is called diffraction. When attempting to get the most detail from a single shot, I will go to the smallest aperture and go larger by 1 or 2 clicks. I recently purchased an inexpensive polarizing filter, too, which goes the rest of the way to reducing those hot spots.

I took your image into Affinity Photo and used its Frequency Separation filter to separate the texture of the image from its colors in different layers, so that I could remove the hot spots. Thoughts?   Posted: 06/13/2020 15:42:34
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Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Tom,
I like it. It's a definite improvement. I'll use a polarizing filter and open the aperture a stop or two. I need to pay more attention to the direction of the light.Each month I learn something new since joining this group, and I appreciate the help.
Thank you.
  Posted: 06/13/2020 16:57:00
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
That worked very well, Tom.   Posted: 06/13/2020 17:17:20