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Shape of Leaves to Come
Shape of Leaves to Come

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Challenge: Shapes (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Location: Kaycees Way
Date: Dec 7, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 7, 2003


Place: 79 out of 125
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Avg (commenters): 7.2500
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Views since voting: 854
Votes: 152
Comments: 16
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12/19/2003 05:43:31 AM
from the Critique Club

A suggestion: turn off the on-board flash on your camera. Light the scene with one or two desk lights (one from each side); put camera on tripod (a tripod is the one essential for this kind of stuff, unless you have really bright lights available), lock focus and exposure on an area with both the white background and some leaf, and press shutter release - make a note of the settings your camera chose, and then switch to manual mode: set aperture and shutter speed accordingly, adjusting to a smaller or wider aperture and faster or slower aperture depending on whether you think your first shot is over- or under-exposed. Play with different angles of light, and lighting from different distances. One of the great benefits of digital is that you can keep shooting and ahooting, and see your results as you change things. I guarantee you'll get a more pleasing photograph...

Because I think it's the light that more than anything lets this shot down. With the source of light being directly from the camera, it leaves very little, if any, graduation of light across the leaves for the camera to read - and that is where the definition of the shapes and texture of a subject comes from. Texture only becomes visible when side-lighting is used, as texture, in a photograph, is only the fact of there being small areas of shadow and highlight where the light shines against hollows and lifts in your subject - with light coming from the same angle as you shoot, all those areas are equally bright, and thus appear the same to the camera.

There are a few other points: was it really more effective to have the leaves going out of frame than keeping everything in shot? Whilst the contrast of shapes is interesting, perhaps there's too many varieties present here? Would a simpler composition have been more effective?

Hope some of this helps

 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2003 10:21:08 PM
Wonderful shapes.
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12/14/2003 09:37:40 PM
What a variety of shapes you collected, nice and sharp
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12/14/2003 11:33:26 AM
I like the layout here and your very nice design. I wonder how this might have looked without the overexposure in the center background? I think a natural looking background would have been better.
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12/13/2003 11:06:30 PM
The assortment of small leaves is nicely arranged to complement the large leaf. They don't detract from it, but keep it from being too stark.
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12/13/2003 01:46:23 AM
Very nice study! I like it very much.
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12/10/2003 07:14:17 PM
I think the addition of the different types of leaves may have resulted in a cluttered look. The big spiked leaf by itself would have made a better composition. There's a lot of different shapes in the photo which is probably the look you're going for.I like the lighting and the saturation of the green color, exposure is good too.
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12/09/2003 12:46:18 PM
I don´t know why but I like this.
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12/09/2003 11:12:23 AM
oh, nice and good composition. not easy ;-)
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12/08/2003 10:50:04 PM
Wow, the colors just jump out at you. They kind of obscure the fact that this is about shape.
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12/08/2003 10:41:15 PM
am i naive? is this a pro pot picture? if yes, then where did you find the motivation to do this? nice random red leaf.
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12/08/2003 06:40:35 PM
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12/08/2003 05:00:09 PM
I think there is too much going on in this photo.
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12/08/2003 12:32:02 PM
Could maybe use a bit more contrast, to add depth. A wonderful concept, ideally suited for this challenge.
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12/08/2003 04:27:17 AM
This is a very attractive study - maybe a little more off-centre would improve?
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12/08/2003 01:05:14 AM
This is wonderful, I like the lighting and the postioning of the leaves are great, adds alot of interest to this shot, the color is great and the detail is great also 9
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