Emil Davidzuk  

Ferns in the Woods by Emil Davidzuk

September 2023 - Ferns in the Woods

September 2023 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

A shot from Shaw Nature Reserve last Sept.

Workflow: Working on low key BW renderings, it is starting to grow on me. I used one of the Silver Efex low key presets for the BW foundation, added a vignette, cropped the image and used the LR adjustment brush to dodge the ferns and the tree trunks.

Camera: Sony A7R5, 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 70mm, 1/1000 sec f2.8, ISO 250, 0 EV

10 comments posted

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Emil,
I love the texture of the ferns but I am not a fan of a vignette for this photo. To my eye, it removes some of the most interesting parts of this image and makes the image more about the trees than the ferns.

What do you think?
Bunny   Posted: 09/07/2023 13:09:47
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

This month's image was rendered in Low Key BW so much of the background is very dark thus taking on the appearance of a vignette. It is something new that I am trying. My goal is to control what in the scene I want to reveal and what will be occluded.



  Posted: 09/07/2023 13:36:51
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
You achieved your goal! My eye is drawn to the center bottom of the image.
Bunny   Posted: 09/07/2023 14:33:01

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Emil, I like the idea of highlighting the ferns. And, I think the trees give an excellent context for your image. Your creativity and imagination are evident in this photograph. Naturally I wanted to play with it a bit in PS. I used a square format and changed the lighting somewhat, while still trying to highlight the ferns. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 09/07/2023 13:32:39
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am good with everything you did with the exception of revealing the ferns on both lower edges of the frame. I think those areas should be darker.

Thanks for taking the trouble to show me an alternate rendering path.


Emil   Posted: 09/07/2023 13:41:05

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hi Emil. I thought I would try using Ps but ending up using Topaz Studio2. I agree with you idea of darkening the image, but I think you went too dark. I used Topaz to convert to Mono then brushed in the ferns and inverted them to make them darker and used grad filter to lower the top. I used the image that downloaded and
I'm not to happy with the pixels. Emil, I do like the 3 trees and their bark and I also love the dark tree trunks, probably cherry, in the background. Pete's looks great also. Sorry I didn't take the time to upsize the orig image and then downside it again to a point where PSA will accept.   Posted: 09/07/2023 15:46:35
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

That is how a low key image looks, it is a BW processing style. I will tell you that a year ago I would have said the same thing, now I am game to explore its processing possibilities.


Emil   Posted: 09/13/2023 12:04:09

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Emil,

Wonderful image this month! I am surprised you are doing dark and moody black-and-white Photography, but I have to say I love it! I like how the tones of the ferns appear like silver. The dancing light on the tree bark also grabs my attention as something new and different. Now, I am led deeper into the background, where there is ever so lightly a hint of something darker and mysterious. This photo would make a great book cover for Steve King's next novel!

Thanks for sharing your excellent editing talent this month. This is a winner for me!!

lt   Posted: 09/10/2023 09:16:10
Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Thanks so much. Your comments are what I sought to achieve for my vision of this scene


Emil   Posted: 09/13/2023 12:05:31

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello Emil,

I love the fern in the foreground, its texture and light.
You left three trees in the middle ground and that's great,
I would lighten it and show a little left and right,
What do you think about it?

All the best.
Israel   Posted: 09/23/2023 04:36:13


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