Ian Chantler  

 Autumn by Ian Chantler

October 2021 - Autumn

About the Image(s)

Once more into the lockdown archives dear friends,this image was taken 10th November last year in Dibbinsdale nature reserve on the Wirral about 25 minutes drive from home I came across this very old slightly gnarled tree I loved the colour of the leaves on the shoots at the base of the tree against the backdrop of the trunk thought this might make a great shot I played with it for a few days after taking and could not quite get the image how I had envisaged it when that happens I leave well and re visit at a later date,well its nearly a year later and came across it while searching for this months offering so I had another play with it its better than it was but still not sure are the leaves lost against the background would a light vignette help would it be better on the cutting room floor? when in doubt ask the experts,so dear Group experts I am asking for your honest opinions.

How I did it

Camera Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon lens EF24-105mm f8 ISO 1250 1/8s focal length 58mm RAW file opened and adjusted in photoshop sharpened using a high pass filter,lighting adjusted slightly using levels and a curves layer a touch of dodging and burning and mid tone contrast adjusted.

4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, I think the leaves are overpowered by the background which in fact is very interesting and with very vivid colors. The colors of the leaves is not strong enough to stand out. As you suggested I added a strong vignette and reduced the luminosity of the tree, but still does not help the leaves to stand out. My guess would be to do a very complex selection of the leaves, inverse it and change the background into B&W but my selection was not good enough....   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:21:05
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
The colors are good, the photo looks like a painting. Maybe you could come at from that point of view. I look at as an abstract. Issac did a good job of bringing out the leaves a little better   Posted: 10/07/2021 16:11:29

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
This is an interesting one. Vella's suggestion of going for a painting look is interesting. It could be printed on a textured art paper, maybe Permajet Museum heritage, to enhance that. As a projected image, though, my thinking is to make it a bit stronger. There is a nice trick in Photoshop (mine is CS6, but I guess it is still there in CC) and that is to use Image>Adjustments>Shadows/Highlights at the default setting (Shads 35, Hlts 0) and then to use Curves to bring back contrast.   Posted: 10/08/2021 04:37:58
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Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Ian, to my eye there is much of interest in this image - the various toned leaves and the variegated trunk. Similar to what Isaac did I worked to highlight the key elements by putting the image into Viveza 2 and using control points to brighten, add contrast and add saturation as each area needed. Then for the leaf on the bottom like Guy's I added some red. I then added a "Big Softie" Vignette in On1 Effects 2019. I believe this puts more focus on those key elements and lets the viewer's eye wander down through the leaves top to bottom. What do you think?   Posted: 10/12/2021 09:16:09
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