David Kepley  

Springtime by David Kepley

May 2022 - Springtime

About the Image(s)

I shot this image while on photo workshop in the Smokies last week. I was trying to capture the light green leaves of springtime that were being backlit by the sun. Does it work for you?

Settings: Canon 7D Mark II, 70-200mm lens shot at 157mm, 1/13 sec, f16, ISO 100. Shot on a tripod

9 comments posted

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
I like how the backlit leaves contrast with the much darker background. They really stand out!   Posted: 05/10/2022 09:09:50

David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks, that is what I was looking to do with this composition. Thanks for confirming that it appears to work.   Posted: 05/10/2022 09:46:15

Craig Callan   Craig Callan
My though is that you could have kicked out the jams a little more here by lightening the highlights and midtone to make the leaves glow a bit more. This would also bring out the delicate tracery of the trunks and branches. I'm attaching an edited image and the curve that I applied   Posted: 05/10/2022 15:32:29
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Craig Callan   Craig Callan
Here's the curve   Posted: 05/10/2022 15:32:59
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Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Curves used to be quite a mystery to me, but more recently I have been using it, particularly adding a S-curve as you have shown. An S-curve such as this adds contrast with a great deal of control over the result. Thanks Craig for bringing this up.   Posted: 05/10/2022 16:06:27
David Kepley   David Kepley
Never quite sure what curves are all about. Let me give it a try.   Posted: 05/10/2022 21:22:08
David Kepley   David Kepley
I'm going to give these ideas a try.   Posted: 05/10/2022 21:24:17

Josh Lohff   Josh Lohff
I like what you've going for here. The contrast of the colors works really well, and the backlit leaves are amazing. I think you have a little room to push the image too though, in terms of accentuating the brightness and contrast between the leaves and background. I tried bumping exposure, dehaze, and pushing the temperature a little to the yellow (to offset the blue cast) and came up with something in the neighborhood of what Craig uploaded so I didn't bother posting it too. Awesome image!   Posted: 05/10/2022 20:40:37

Dicky ting ming Law

agree with Josh speaking ,simply and the contrast of the colors works really well,the only thing I would do is if the background is green i will show it a bit more but that's just only my idea.   Posted: 05/12/2022 01:23:42


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