Robert Schleif  


Untitled by Robert Schleif

January 2022 - Untitled

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Comments: As we are now in the dead of winter, my bright and cheery chrysanthemum submission which I thought would be for our December discussions felt very much out of place here in January. Here, instead is a submission more in keeping with the weather. Every month I'm torn between submitting something I'm quite proud of and submitting something that didn't turn out so well, on which I hope to hear multiple comments and suggestions for improvement. In fact, in general, I wish our discussion group were more of a discussion group than a one-and-done group praise site.
My submission this month is one of a great many shots I've taken of this lantern, none of which has ever reached my aspirations.


8 comments posted




Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
(Group 43)
Hi Robert, just visiting from group 43. I read your comments that you wanted more discussion and less one and done. Well that is why I took the time to comment on you image.
I like the monochrome look here and I feel your exposure is right on. You have a nice pleasing composition with the little shrine on one of the Power Points of the Rule of Thirds which gives it strength and calls for attention.
I wish I could see more of the shrine though. I feel a lower vantage point (think laying on the ground) for the shot would give us a good look and the grass would be a pleasing background too. That, in my opinion, would lessen the focus on the rocks in the foreground which are a bit plain and make the shrine the star of the show.
Nice image.
  Posted: 01/09/2022 17:02:16
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Thank you. Your suggestion of getting "down and dirty" so as to deemphasize the rocks and emphasize the grasses sounds hopeful. I'll give it a try. Check back in a few days. I'm hoping that an intervening snow storm has not flattened the grasses.   Posted: 01/10/2022 20:10:09
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
The snow did flatten the grass, degrading the view of the lantern. I've tried a number of other angles, and this is the least poor of the lot. To me this would look better if the stones had been wet as they were in the previous image. Because I didn't want to lie on the ground, I used my tripod set as low as it would go. Because the camera was on the tripod, I could use focus stacking to have the entire lantern in focus. Even with my lens wide open (f/4), the background was too distracting so I blurred that in post.   Posted: 01/12/2022 14:24:34
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
(Group 43)
I like this one better Robert. You have given us a nicer look at the lantern and opened up the shadows a bit. The lantern is definitely the main subject here. I do agree that wet rocks would be nice likely giving a rich deep black look to the ground. It is unfortunate that the grass was flattened by the snow, but I think you did a nice job blurring the background anyway. Thanks for taking the time to shoot a second look here. Which one do you like better?   Posted: 01/13/2022 10:55:03
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
I also like this one better. I may try hosing the rocks and shooting again.
Thank you for taking the time. This is the sort of discussion that I am seeking.   Posted: 01/13/2022 16:27:48



Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
(Group 43)
Happy to chat with you about your image. Just goes to show that there are many ways to shoot the same subject.   Posted: 01/14/2022 10:34:38
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Here it is with wet rocks and a slightly different background. Before shooting I encouraged the stalks of grass to use better posture and stand up straighter.   Posted: 01/14/2022 15:36:34
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
(Group 30)
Robert, I agree about trying different angles with this image. The second try is my favorite. The subject is sharp, you have a little bit of grass in the background. In the third image, the subject is sharp, with great detail. However, in that image, the grass in the back merges too much with the lantern for my taste. A great opportunity to experiment.   Posted: 01/16/2022 14:18:31



 

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