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Full Critique Swing in woodland

crazypiglady

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I was on a walk in a wood with dappled sunshine through trees. There was also a swing that someone had put up so I thought I’d get a picture of the swing with the sun shining through the trees in the wood. This is what I got. Something is wrong with it though and I’d hoped that someone could tell me where I went wrong. The swing is almost visible due to the colours being so similar. Is there some editing, or something in the original composition or should I just miss out the swing completely? I don’t expect to be able to ‘fix’ this picture but if there’s something I should learn for future pictures it may be handy.

Thanks.
Sarah.





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It looks a lot better on Flickr. the magenta cast looks like Chromatic aberration caused by the lens being pointed at the sun. This can be fixed to a point in Light room or such like, but its fine as it is IMHO.
 

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The forum post made me shrink the picture quite a lot so it may have lost something from the original flickr version but I see what you mean about the magenta. I may have a play around with that. In doing so, maybe the seat/ground may get more distinct. Thank you for your response.
 

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The forum post made me shrink the picture quite a lot so it may have lost something from the original flickr version but I see what you mean about the magenta. I may have a play around with that. In doing so, maybe the seat/ground may get more distinct. Thank you for your response.
The seat is the same colour and the ground so not much you can do. I would have looked good with a teddy bear or such like on it maybe to give it a splash of colour. Of course we all carry Teddy bears for such occasions don't we :grin:

PS the forum size rules do my head in. It stops me posting some images as i simply can't resize some things without destroying the image in the process.
 

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I think there needs to be something on the seat as it does kinda get lost in all of the woodland chaos.
 

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Thanks both. I think you're right. I wish I'd thought of putting something on the swing but you're right, I didn't have a teddy bear with me. A fairy would have been good to make an enchanted forest wouldn't it. Though I don't have one of them either! Thanks for helping me see what I could have done. It's really helpful.
 

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I'm guessing that this looked beautiful. The resulting image serves as a reminder that our eyes are so clever but unfortunately - although hugely improved over the last 10-15 years or so - the cameras are still struggling with such a dynamic range in the single image. (Bracketing is a way around this.)

The camera would have been at say 1/4000 sec for the sun but 1/100 sec for the swing - that's a shed load of stops for it to try and calculate in a single photograph.

It's not all doom and gloom though. That's a pleasing composition and it does show a peaceful spot to good effect. The back light on the ropes is a bonus. With a slightly less strong light I expect the backdrop of the yellows and greens would have looked lovely too.

Another time, perhaps an hour later the sun would be further to the right and perhaps completely hidden by the bushes - the shot might work to your advantage then.

We've all been there. "Oh, that looks so gorgeous against the morning sun!" Click. Return home, open Photoshop (or whatever). "Oh no! Oh, that's so dissapointing." I've done it several times.

When it works though, it doesn't half make up for all the disappointing times!
 

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Thank you Snips. That's really helpful. . I didn't do any bracketing or much post at all beyond slightly higher contrast and brightness. I could try some more stuff but the main thing is it would have been easier to have just moved a bit in the first place! I might even try again sometime. I'm still learning these things.

Thanks though.
 
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