Cindy Lynch  

Nautilus Shell by Cindy Lynch

July 2021 - Nautilus Shell

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I liked this close-up of the nautilus shell with all its curvy lines and contrast. I felt this image gave me a good range of tones. Settings: f/18, 210 mm focal length, 1/30 second using a tripod. I am thinkng of submitting this for a mono print competition with our Camera club this coming year, so I am very interested on feedback.

4 comments posted

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Nautilus shells always have intrigued me with their almost perfect symmetry. I'm thinking a print will probably minimize the impact of some of the imperfections such as on the right side (contrast?). Figure Jeff will have some thoughts on ways you can alter some of the tones. Any thoughts on cropping slightly on left and right to maximize the shell and minimize the black area. This is still a great image and good luck.   Posted: 07/13/2021 15:15:33

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Love the subject for monochrome. In my mind, this needs to be a square image. I took it into Luminar AI to make it square and put the center in the exact center. Made a couple of slight contrast changes that seem to come naturally with Luminar AI, a tad of sharpening small details and, added a little vignetting.   Posted: 07/14/2021 11:38:17
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Kerry Koenig
I would keep your original orientation and cropping. Off center is stunning, dynamic and the very nature and flow of the nautilus shell. Also, the detailing of the right side...especially the upper right both subtle and beautiful. Have you ever seen a piece of Larimar? It is a sea blue stone found only in the Dominican Republic and the luster, webbing and fracturing reminds me of the details in your picture. Wonderful competition piece.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:14:01

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Love this image - nature's Fibonacci spiral. A beautiful detailed capture, Cindy, although I do like Chuck's square crop with the centre of the shell set dead centre in the fame. Also, It might just be my screen but, to me, the light areas in the middle look a little blown out (maybe less contrast in that area only - the rest of the image looks perfect in its detail).   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:57:16


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