Back yard fall scene

© Peter W. Marks

Back yard fall scene

Uploaded: December 28, 2013

Description

1/50sec; f2.8; ISO 150;

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 1.30, ExposureTime: 10/500 seconds, Flash: fired, auto mode, ISO: 179, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 10.70 mm, Model: C4100Z,C4000Z

Comments

Jeff E Jensen December 28, 2013

I really like this, Peter. The mood seems just right. I was going to suggest lightening the foreground a bit, but on second thought, I say leave it as is. #1557443

Dale Hardin December 28, 2013

I like this also, Peter. A lovely scene and fascinating light.

I would like to see more of that lovely light, so have a suggestion. Apply a 100% screen blend and then use a black to white gradient from the lower right corner to the upper left corner.

This will give more intensity to the light and show more detail and contrast in the trees on the left and left rear. #10931222

Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

Thanks very much gentlemen. I will give the gradient thing a go when I get home from church later this morning. Thanks for keeping it simple, I can understand and follow these instructions for once, Dale. lol #10931296

Stephen Shoff December 29, 2013

That is an intriguing shot, Peter. It's an unusual B&W. I like it. #10931378

Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

Thank you Stephen. And now here is the version suggested by Dale where the lighting via screen blend and a gradient gives us a less sombre mood which for the more optimistic suggests "...can spring be far behind?"
The autumnal equinox is now behind us so perhaps they are right and the days are already lengthening by 3 mins per day.
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Michael Kelly level-deluxe December 29, 2013

I am joining with the others in my admiration for this shot, Peter. Great detail in the trees and the lights are placed perfectly in the shot to achieve the best effect. This one keeps my attention and fires my imagination. #10931412

Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

And thank you too Mike. Now I will try once more to load the adjusted version with a screen blend. I have no idea why I couldn't load it onto my previous response. I guess I do something in the wrong order.
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Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

And thank you too Mike. Now I will try once more to load the adjusted version with a screen blend. I have no idea why I couldn't load it onto my previous response. I guess I do something in the wrong order.
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Susan Williams level-classic December 29, 2013

What a great capture, Peter. I love the edited version because the swing is more prominent in the foreground and works so well with the brighter light. It seems to say, "Soon...." Nice work! #10931443

Dale Hardin December 29, 2013

Thanks for giving this a try Peter, but once again the results are different from what I achieved. Your edit is much brighter and it appears to have been sharpened again. I'll send you an image of what I expected. #10931520

Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

Hi Dale. No sharpening done, just made a duplicate; set blend to 'screen'; pulled a black and white gradient from bottom right corner to top left.
But it has occurred to me that my blend was set at the default 100%. I have experimented with a 50% blend which to my eyes looks similar to your email image but I won't upload that at present. Perhaps you could confirm that this is the setting you used or suggest otherwise. #10931572

Dale Hardin December 29, 2013

to tell the truth, Peter, I don't remember if I reduced the opacity or not, but don't think so. Again, I suspect it's the fact that I used a low rez jpeg from the BP display that is making the difference. #10931627

Peter W. Marks December 29, 2013

This is the 50% screen blend of which I spoke.
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Dale Hardin December 29, 2013

I like that better. It adds just enough to bring the photo up a notch without overdoing it. Thanks for giving it a shot. #10931667

Susan Williams level-classic December 29, 2013

I really like your latest post, Peter, and what I love about this image is that on both my monitors, my good one and my lesser one, the swing has a 3D effect. In the image you first posted, before any edits, the swing was a bit of a surprise when I opened it full-size and I wondered if you were going for studium and punctum. #10931670

Susan Williams level-classic December 29, 2013

I really like your latest post, Peter, and what I love about this image is that on both my monitors, my good one and my lesser one, the swing has a 3D effect. In the image you first posted, before any edits, the swing was a bit of a surprise when I opened it full-size and I wondered if you were going for studium and punctum. #10931671

Jeff E Jensen December 29, 2013

I'm sticking with my first comment. I lie the moodiness of the original. #10931695

Rita K. Connell level-classic December 30, 2013

I am with Jeff I really like the original post best just for the reason of the moodiness is stronger. great capture and it holds my interest with many thoughts running through my thinking. very nice indeed! #10931945

Michael Kelly level-deluxe December 30, 2013

My vote id also for the original for the same reasons. #10932123

Peter W. Marks December 30, 2013

Many thanks to all. It has rather confirmed that my first thoughts were the best thoughts although of course we can all read different things into images. I originally had this image on file with the title "The swing" as its somber mood reflected a certain melancholy as we are empty-nesters with no kids playing on it now.
The slight 3D effect may be because I set it in motion before making the shot and it has swung towards the camera. #10932150

Elaine Hessler December 30, 2013

Beautiful picture Peter! I love the black and white photo you made. The light is beautiful how it is coming through the tree. Very pretty. #10932205

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