Regine Guillemin  


Lightness by Regine Guillemin

October 2021 - Lightness

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Attached is the picture I would like to submit.
Thank you in advance .
I hope you have received my apology email for September month. Best Regards . Re
This image was captured last June 2021.Along the Potomac river in Virginia where I was mostly shooting birds . Then this scene appeared in front of me and my heart was caught by the beautiful light and color through this grass. well I just stopped , breathed deeply and tried to capture its essence . Hope you ‘ll enjoy it as I do. I just cropped it a little bit on the left and did light editing in LR . should I crop more on the right side ? I know our eyes tend to go to the brightest part of the picture but I personally like this effect of the bokeh and white circles .What can I do to improve this picture before maybe printing it ? should I try to remove the grass in the background on the left side ? your comment and time are always appreciated .
Camera settings : ISO 400 F/8 1/1250sec lens : CANON 100-400mm camera EOS Mark III maybe tripod


5 comments posted




Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
I like this photo. I like the balance of dark to light areas and how the leaves are highlighted on the edges. I think your focus and depth of field are spot on if the subject is the plant. For me there is too much bright area in the upper right that keeps drawing my attention there. I don't think all the extra foliage lower right contributes to the image. So, I cropped the right side. Boosted luminance and saturation of the leaves and added a radial filter vignette upper left and lower right. With the crop I think the balance is maintained with the plant diagonally dividing the image equally. I also saturated the blue background and reduced luminance. I think that helps isolate the plant for my attention. I also toned down the brightness of the lights in the bokeh. All that being said, I think you have a very nice capture that demonstrates simplicity and beauty with one click of the shutter. Very nice.   Posted: 10/11/2021 11:40:27
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Regine Guillemin
Thank you Kurtis for your comment.I really appreciate the time you spent on this picture. are you using the brush tool in PS to toned down the brightness in the Bokeh? I am not very skilled in editing . I am still learning, Thank you   Posted: 10/11/2021 12:37:53
Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
I did use the brush tool (in Lightroom) and moved the highlight slider all the way to the left and then duplicated it.   Posted: 10/11/2021 19:44:20



Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I like your composition with the diagonal, your use of shapes and colors to create a lovely aspect of the natural world. For me, it is well seen. I took a more painterly approach, softening the background with the blur tool, cropping more tightly, a radial dodge on the plant, added a vignette and flipped it horizontally. I try it with many of my images just to see if I like it.   Posted: 10/11/2021 22:32:18
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Regine Guillemin
Thank you Art for your constructive comments. Always appreciated . I like what you did with the blur tool. You and Kurtis had almost the same approach. So I'll give it a try. I admire your creativity and art vision of your bodywork. So I am grateful for your time and comments.   Posted: 10/12/2021 11:29:21



 

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