Denice Woyski  

Untitled by Denice Woyski

September 2023 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I was at Calaveras Big Trees, and the light filtering through the big trees and backlighting leaves on trees and shrubs under the canopy really caught my eye. I really liked how the leaves glowed and were rim lit.

I processed this image in PS and then NIK Silver Effects and I really liked how the leaves popped out of the background with this preset. I removed the added grain, and toned down the regular and fine structure, but the texture in the leaves is still very evident. This preset also has a bit of a cool tone to it. I never tone my black and white images, so thought I would give it try. I actually like this as it seems really subtle, at least on my monitor. I have been in a very moody and low or lower key frame of mind as well, so I definitely kept the shadows down on purpose.

Once I say this, you won’t be able to unsee it, but I didn’t notice that these leaves look like a bird or pterodactyl until I processed the image! I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing.

My EXIF data is:
ISO 200 24-105mm @ 70mm

4 comments posted

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Denice - yes I see the flying dinosaur too! A lovely image with the majority of the main part very sharp. The back leaf is out of focus but I don't think that matters as this helps create the depth in the image. You haven't titled it but considering how this looks how about calling it something like 'Coming in to land"?   Posted: 09/09/2023 06:01:08

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Denice, After reading your description, I am thinking about the cool weather hitting South Louisiana and seeing leaves like these around here. I love the detail of this image. I do have a feedback image. Tell me what you think. I used camera raw and selected the image and inverted to darken the background. I went into curve and hit auto and this is what I got.   Posted: 09/10/2023 09:41:49
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Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Denice,
Nice dark and moody shot. The backlighting enhances the texture and detail on the leaves. The shadows create depth and add to the mood. Yes, I do see the bird, but only because you mentioned it. I like the composition. Good job.   Posted: 09/13/2023 19:50:45

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
First, I like it because there is a wide range of tone without excessive contrast (my own sin). I see the subject as being the from leaf - and its detail for me is sufficient to merit the image. The back leaf is as Peter points out not as sharp, and I think this supports what I see as full black and white regions on the leaf: basically I see it as already an accent to the front and so its more graphic (than realistic) treatment works. Finally the third element provides a transition between these two styles and I think completes the composition.
Nicely spotted!   Posted: 09/14/2023 11:12:10


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