Vella Kendall  


Acorns by Vella Kendall

January 2022 - Acorns

January 2022 - Vella Kendall

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About the Image(s)

ISO 100 F/16 1/200sec

How I Did It
Taken in West Virginia during the fall of 2008. Cropped it and rotated 180 degrees. Normal adjustments to exposure, then converted to black/white in Nik Silver FX and added a lot of contrast, lightened the middle with Color FX Lighten/Darken Center and added vignetting.


11 comments posted




Guy Davies   Guy Davies
How many of us simply walk by, or trample underfoot, such lovely little details that nature offers us. Well done for keeping your eyes open and spotting this. Your cropping and image rotation has improved the composition. The colour in the original image is rather bland so I think you were right to go for a mono treatment and to bring up the contrast. It might be nice, though, to add a subtle brown or sepia tone to reconnect with nature.   Posted: 01/03/2022 05:07:16
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
After you said that about the sepia, I can see that. Given Gary's comment and yours I can see a better interpretation.   Posted: 01/04/2022 13:24:10
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
After you said that about the sepia, I can see that. Given Gary's comment and yours I can see a better interpretation.   Posted: 01/04/2022 19:58:06
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
After you said that about the sepia, I can see that. Given Gary's comment and yours I can see a better interpretation.   Posted: 01/05/2022 21:59:50



Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Val, I feel that there is much to work with in your original composition. To me the acorn among the leaves tells a more complete story of nature. I think that your choice to convert to Monochrome was a good choice. However, to my eye the resulting image loses contrast between the acorn and the rest of nature going on around it.

In the VF I have taken a different approach. I put your original into Silver Efex Pro 3 and chose the Full Spectrum preset. Back in LR Classic I chose the 1x1 cropping option to capture the acorn side by side with the 'S' shape line of the leaves on the right. I removed the stick which to me was a distraction.   Posted: 01/04/2022 09:25:58
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Very interesting, never noticed the s curve. I will give that a try. I am always partial to dark shadows so I do prefer my monochrome version. I may back down on my vignette.   Posted: 01/04/2022 13:22:13



Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Good eye Vella, you captured another one of nature's surprises. With the suggestions from Guy and Gary a stronger image was conceived.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:51:12



Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, how about leaving it in color with some adjustments to make the greens more vivid and showing enough of it to imply life (the acorns are already dead) and cropping with enough of the surrounding landscape to denote location.   Posted: 01/14/2022 12:33:02
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella
Great spot and what a lot of choices you have been given but I like it as it is I love contrasty mono images great texture and detail, you have so captured the enviroment of the forest floor to perfection one slight adjustment for me the centre of the body of the acorn is very bright I would just tone that down a touch otherwise works for me.   Posted: 01/16/2022 12:32:30



Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I like Isaac's horizontal idea. It seems to have a good flow in the sense that we read last to right. The monochrome does add to the image with greater impact than the color version.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:06:39



Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I like Isaac's horizontal idea. It seems to have a good flow in the sense that we read last to right. The monochrome does add to the image with greater impact than the color version.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:06:41



 

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