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Luminous Between the Canopy's Shadow

Luminous Between the Canopy's Shadow
Photo Information
Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (13)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-29
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Olympus C-5050z
Exposure: f/2, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-08-02 1:33
Viewed: 4026
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot within Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver this is one of my first attempts at a nature shot. As I mention in my intro I'm new to this sort of photography so tell me what you think!

Stanley Park is a 400 hectare (1000 acre) park filled with old growth forest and is right next to the downtown core.

Post-pro: cropped off a tiny bit of top and some of the bottom to create a square frame, I also played with curves for added saturation and contrast, a little sharpening, and a small black border.

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Nature photography is perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to capture well and takes much trial and error to find a unique and interesting point of view on a subject. My initial impression of your picture is that you have made a good start, however, there is a need to have a clearer objective of what you are trying to express.

Composition wise your picture has some good qualities, the stem of the plant provides a good lead in to the picture, which is balanced by the bright area to the top right and the light on the log is interesting. However, the plant itself is not clearly defined (it's in focus, but lacks any real story when looked at closely), and the bright area is over-exposed.

For this type of photography there needs to be clear structure. Perhaps it would be intersting to study the edges of the leaves and the pattens they make, or the shadows cast by other leaves in the bright sunlight. Think in terms of layers - overall composition and then what is intersting about each piece of it and how well does it fit as an individual element. Whilst the overall composition here is good, the viewer is left confused as to how to interpret the plant within the context of the picture.

As I pointed out several times, the composition is good, the light and colours are nice, but somehow the details don't continue to hold the viewers interst. Keep going!

Hi Alex
Let me try, This ia a very unusual picture, very sharp and the real vs shadow leaves works actually very well. The main problem is a fixed point of interest, the yes keep roaming around the image, with no real place to settle. Also, the whites are very hot on the ground between the shadow leaves. A polariser should cure that. Go one shot some more, there are fungi, trunks, water, and animals, and the more you go, the more you will see.
And welcome to TN as well

I like this setting. Green to me is a forest color and your compsition is good. I did try a workshop to get rid of the over exposed area of the forest floor. I used smarterase to replace the white areas with texture simaler to the rest of the forest floor. keep these shots coming, I like it

Welcome to TN Alex , an intresting shot, from the sort of rainforest most people know nothing about, it would be nice to see some additional notes about it. I like the shot personally the way the shoot leads across the picture.yes the whites are a little hot but you could try tonning them down with burntool.

A wonderful light in your picture, spectacular green going into a beautiful background.
I like it very well, Alex !

Welcome on TN Alex. Interesting angle on your picture with the branch leading the eye towards the bright spot in the upper right corner. The problem is that looking there one would like to find out what the black spots are and then loose the concetration of the foreground which I see as the main subject.

Well, keep them coming - it really is a fine sport to make nature pictures.

The dappled light, the low angle, the sharpness on the leaves, the great depth of field - wonderful.

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