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Old Sep 21, 2010, 2:19 PM   #1
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Default Might not be an interesting subject...

..but wanted to see how could it be made more interesting using HDR and post processing. Clicked using Z950.

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Is it not worth critique too!
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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well, let me first say, always start with a good photograph and then compliment it with your post-processing. post-processing should never define the shot.

that said, the shot is pretty nice. i like the green and browns. as you say its not super-interesting, but it is pleasing enough. but, your post-processing left some artifacts that distract. you can see some weird halos in the background and your blurring is inconsistent, also the tree is oversharpened as you can see many bright artifact speckles.
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Compositionally I like the strong diagonal but I think the small branch which is the point of interest is too high in the frame - it makes me feel the tree is just in the way rather than being the main subject and my eye is drawn to the area under it which is part of the out of focus background.

Processing looks a bit sharp - and there is something not quite right in the background on the right - an odd mix of blurred and sharp pixels. It might work better if you can remove the background to isolate the foreground tree and get in closer on the bark and small leaves.

If you can post the original you'll probably get a load of feedback about other ways you could process it.
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Hi Hard & Martin...

I appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Thank you.

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Old Sep 22, 2010, 1:43 PM   #6
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Now that I see the original, I see what you mean by "not an interesting subject." I think you were being sly because you've actually made it pop. Aside from the oversharpening that Hards80 mentioned (which I'm guilty with my shots, too [I must have eyes+glasses that see reality differently...]) I think you did an awesome job.
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compared to the original, it is way better. But alas, it is still a boring subject
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I really like it, I find myself looking around in the picture, Love the greenery going to a blur in the background. The original is very boring and you've made something interesting with a twanggg from it. Looks great to me, carries me to a blurry fantasy world walking through the woods. Brillo.
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Wow! Thanks for your kind words.
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