Chuck Carstensen  

Cat Tails by Chuck Carstensen

January 2022 - Cat Tails

January 2022 - Chuck Carstensen


About the Image(s)

While walking one day these cattails going to seed caught my eye. The light was just right to emphasize the fuzz. Fujifilm XPro2, 50mm, ISO
1600, 1/750, f16. Post processing in Luminar AI to make the black and white conversion. Color original has no adjustments, straight out of the camera.

5 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Nice contrast, depth of field and details. I can see why they caught your eye. The brightness brings me right to them and then to explore the rest of the frame. I would suggest that you clone out the largest, brightest cat tail just to the left of center. My eye goes there first and unfortunatley, it is out of focus. I would also suggest cropping down to eliminate the bright top right corner.   Posted: 01/06/2022 12:24:08
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Agree the upper right needs to go away. Respectfully disagree the big one is out of focus. Rather, it is a blown out exposure of the natural cotton like plant at the time. Look at 100% to see the sharp edges. Unable to do much about that. I cropped it with a free ratio rather than photographic. Your comments are helpful and appreciated.   Posted: 01/06/2022 14:21:51
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Chuck, this color image really turned into a nice black and white with all the tones and details within the field. I like your cropped version. My eye does go to the brightest cat tail there in the front so it might help to just take down the brightness of that one a bit.   Posted: 01/11/2022 05:05:16

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Chuck, I like both the colour and BW versions of this image. Good call cropping down from the top to eliminate the bright upper right corner - I might crop in just a little from the right as well, just for balance. I love the light on the cattails but agree with Mary Ann about toning down the large one a bit. I find the horizontal railing in the background a little distracting but a minor one.   Posted: 01/12/2022 09:24:06

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
(Group 57)
Patterns and details all compliment subjects. Sunlight does affect seed dispersal on the first cattail. I'll bet it would make a good close up.   Posted: 01/21/2022 12:24:29


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