Covid-19 garden play

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:00 am

Hi Trevor - well it looks like you have been doing some 'paperwork' at home! Very imaginative. Good eye for the off-beat.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:11 am

I wanted to get some 'rainy day' photos this morning but only managed these two.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:27 am

Thanks Ed, like your rain shots, the first is okay as a straight record shot. I like the second better, more interesting and the B&W brings out the textures and details in the garden etc.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:16 am

Yes, I agree.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by PhilBrew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:34 am

Like the idea of rain shots - lots of possibilities for textures and reflections. Hope you don't mind Ed but I have taken the liberty of playing with your garden furniture shot to zoom in to focus on...textures and reflections. Phil
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:01 am

Phil, I'm quite happy for you to manipulate the images in any way you think would improve them. I have to agree that the original shot wasn't that inspiring nor was the first one. Now I can see that there were too many distracting elements in the second shot and your rework of the image was what was needed.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:33 am

Mmmm I’m not so sure. I like the second one because of the tones, there’s some nice blacks and greys in between. It also conveys the dark moodiness of yesterday and the light which was quite somber. I also like the fact you know what It is straight away. The crop and the lightning of the image doesn’t work in my opinion. The textures are okay but the small bit of leg is distracting and doesn’t lend anything to the image. Sorry Phil.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by PhilBrew » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:50 pm

No apology needed Trev, divergent views are welcome, and serve to underline what I guess we would all agree about, namely that ultimately assessments of the merits of a photograph are personal and subjective. I like to hear people's views, especially when reasons are given - these can open up your own response and enable to see an image in a new light, or they just confirm that what 'works' for one person doesn't work for another. So you see the reflected chair leg as a distraction, and that's fine; I see it as a link across the image to the other fragment of wooden furniture, the two together making a pleasing contrast in terms of tone and angles with the textured paving slabs and the small pool of rain water.

So let's have more divergent views and discussions.

I looked for a rain shot, couldn't find one so opted for a shower instead...
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Lisa » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:09 pm

Gosh you lot have been very busy with your cameras. Mark's photos made me long for my holiday up north in August but no idea whether we'll be able to go or not but I must thank my lucky stars that I have a garden and live in a village where I can easily get out into the countryside.

I've been busy building the new CS website but more about that in a separate post but I have been watching the birds and took this one through the dining room window of a blackbird feeding its chick. I took it through glass and this morning, after I took the photo, I read that it would have been better if I had turned my lens hood the other way and pressed my lens against the window. Well now I know for next time.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:34 pm

Hi Phil, yes as you say it is all subjective and what one person likes another’s may not be be so keen. I’ve had a quick play with your image. I find the right hand pipe distracting. I do like the reflection on the first pipe from the second pipe. I also feel it’s a little underexposed. I have cropped it and tweeked the contrast etc slightly. Also I feel it has perhaps very little shadows to to lay with. I think the crop balances it out more to my liking.

Comments very welcome.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:40 pm

Well Lisa, wildlife photographer in the making 😳👍🏻 Brilliant images. I prefer the second but the difference is minute. Well seen and very well taken. I wouldn’t have guessed they were taken behind glass. Well done. The compositions are excellent too. You should be justifiably pleased with your efforts.

Can’t find anything to fault 😳👍🏻
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Post by PhilBrew » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:47 pm

Envious of your blackbird shots Lisa - just so so good. Very obliging of the nestling to hop out of the nest for this photo op. (Oh dear, no pun intended, honest!) I have had a go at tweaking some of the settings in Light Room - contrast, dehaze, noise reduction and sharpen - in an effort to counteract the 'shot through glass' effect. I also cropped top and bottom to make a square format. See what you think.

Trev thanks for tweaking my shower room shot. I like the increase in contrast, which brings greater depth to the turquoise colour of the bottle. Not so sure about cropping out the right-most pipe though. I think I prefer the balance of the original - but there you go, that's subjectivity for you!

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:51 pm

Yes Phil subjectivity, it’s very subjective 🤣🤣🤣 good use of LR in Lisa’s shot. Nice adjustment 👍🏻
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by MarkJones » Fri May 01, 2020 9:54 am

Think your Blackbird shots are great Lisa. Perfect timing. Well seen and captured! Thank you for all your hard work on the website too.
Like the LR adjustment too Phil.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Lisa » Fri May 01, 2020 8:48 pm

Hi Phil,
Yes I like it too. It was a miserable grey day but you have made it look bright and sunny and the birds' feathers are much improved.

This little blackbird family have been in my front garden all week. I think they nested in a conifer in my neighbour's front garden. There is the mum and dad and 3 chicks. When this was taken, two chicks were hiding under my car and this little one hopped into our hawthorn hedge to wait for mum only a few feet from my window. She has been feeding them the soft crab apples from tree that have lasted all winter and have only now turned soft and mushy and fallen off. I will try and take some more.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Tue May 05, 2020 3:46 pm

Hi everyone. Hope your all continuing to keep well and staying safe?

Went out last night and did a little light painting as it was May the 4th yesterday.
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Tue May 05, 2020 5:38 pm

And with you also, Obi-Wan Kenobi! The writing is very clear and well executed - I like that. Did you happen to see the Millenium Falcon zipping overhead as well?
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Post by Trevor » Tue May 05, 2020 7:43 pm

Thanks Ed, I practised writing backwards and right to left before I got the effects I wanted. I still need to perfect the distance between words but I’m pleased with the results after about 10-15 attempts.
No didn’t see ISS pass over but will look out for it next time. Cheers Trevor

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Post by Jim Spurgeon » Wed May 06, 2020 4:16 pm

Garage play today. Trying my take on a shot I saw online plus a revisit to water drops 😁. Fun day
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Jim Spurgeon » Wed May 06, 2020 4:20 pm

Few more water droplets
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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Wed May 06, 2020 5:46 pm

Love the water drop images - exactly timed and with the blue colour it really makes shot. The botany shots are very clear and sharp also - very nice.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Trevor » Thu May 07, 2020 8:35 pm

Jim, cracking shots mate love the water drops good selection of droplets and love the blue colour. The seed shots are great could you crop in a little tighter, do you think? Otherwise great set of images well done 👍🏻 Trev

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Ed Jeffries » Thu May 07, 2020 9:04 pm

Yes indeed - the seed images are very sharp and the colour contrast against the black really brings out the texture of the seeds.

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by PhilBrew » Thu May 07, 2020 9:23 pm

Well done Jim and Trevor for some great shots to keep us all on our toes and entertained. You both must have had good fun producing them. Jim I like the droplet shot 4210 best - the central column is beautifully sharp. I like the seed shots very much too - how did you get that mirror effect? Phil

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Re: Covid-19 garden play

Post by Jim Spurgeon » Fri May 08, 2020 4:20 pm

Thanks trev, Ed and Phil for some great feedback. Trev, maybe a tighter crop would look better....I'll have a play.
Phil. As for my secret of the mirror image I could tell you but I'd then have to kill you...trade secret. Only joking. I used.....a mirror 🤣. We were dumping an old bathroom cabinet and I thought I could re-use the mirror. Flat on a table with a black background stood up worked a treat.

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