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The Leaf Texture
The Leaf Texture

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Green II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Zoom
Location: back Yard
Date: Jun 3, 2006
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Macro, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2006

It was a two stage setting.lower one was a grass spread and upper was a glass sheet. The leaf was placed on glass sheet. A magnifying glass was glued on its edge on the glass sheet.
The picture was processed in PS using cropping, Color enhance,Blurring tool,Sharpened the leaf surface.Reduced size and added border.

Place: 35 out of 453
Avg (all users): 6.2444
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 6.3060
Avg (non-participants): 6.1818
Views since voting: 1346
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 266
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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06/18/2006 09:49:30 AM
Thank you Brett.Though my place is 36th, your critique comments make me so uplifted, as if my place is above No.1
06/18/2006 01:41:59 AM
::: Critique Club :::
Hi, this is the in-depth critique you asked for from one of the CC members.

First Impression - the most important one:
I am totally captivated by this image. The different shapes and textures just drew me immediately into the image.

This is an inspired choice of items to combine. Right on the Green Challenge, the different shapes of linear grass, round magnifier and the irregular leaf just combine to make this a dynamic subject. Not just green but interesting green. The strong differences between the glass and the plants can never be discounted in the way they make this image so attractive.

I'll tell you what I saw when I studied it, I think this mught surprise you. I saw an concave glass dish lying down bottom-right to top-left with the leaf craddled in it - and I loved it. When I read that the magnifier was standing on it's edge, I didn't believe it, my eyes wee locked into a different perspective. Much like one of those visual puzzles.

Even though my perception was completely wrong, the composition still works as well for me as it has for your commenters. It is simply stunningly clever. The laeding lines of the grass ties the whole image together, it provides a sound and attractive base to the elements on top. whilst you have the magnifier full frame, you have the leaf right on the bottom right thirds intersection and that's one of the things that gives it the impact it has.

Technical (Colour, focus, and light):
The light catching the edge of the magnifier at the bottom left corner really keeps drawing me in. It's so smooth ansd so perfectly symetrical when all the other elements are 'soft' just makes it stand out and add to the impact.

The variances in focus I find really appealing here. It's not a DOF issue at all but the deliberate-looking changes in the grass when seen clean rather than through the glass. That the grass is mor out of focus in the glass then enhances the absolute sharopness of the leaf. Again it is a matter of contrasts that gives it a lift.

The lighting is just about right. I was looking at ways to have even more impact and was trying to imagine different lighting. However each change also adds problems so I think this has done really well. The mood created by the light is so important to the colour richness and density of the image that the risks of changing anything may be too high.

To grow its vote?:
This is so technically good that the only thing you can improve is the wow-factor. The interest-factor already exceeds most of the rest of the challegers. 92% is a very fine score and is hard to improve on. If you were to mess with it, the lighting is the only possibility and that would be to introduce more glow by some means. By that I mean some contrsting highhlights such as would be possible in Advanced Editing or by introducing light from underneath.

6.2 is a great score and I have to say, this is one of the most innovative and though-provoking images in the Green Challenge. I only suggest additional lighting reluctantly because really its a damn fine image and worth a top 20 place at the very least.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 12:43:41 PM
What a neat idea! The composition is very cool on this.
06/13/2006 11:05:25 AM
An interesting take on the challenge and a sharp photo.
06/12/2006 11:00:38 PM
Great idea to add the lens - love this shot! On my short list at the top!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/12/2006 09:43:28 PM
Quite an interesting use of a close-up lens, off the camera. I like the way you used shallow dof for the background, it looks like wisps of green bakcing the leaf.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/12/2006 02:14:25 PM
Very good idea. Love the "looking glass" effect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/11/2006 11:25:29 PM
Highly interesting composition.
06/10/2006 05:25:07 PM
This is different and interesting. Is that a magnifying glass? I really like the detail in the leaf and that you filled the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/10/2006 09:32:13 AM
Great Shot. Brilliant details on the leaf.
06/09/2006 12:13:05 AM
Looks to be some distortion on the front edge of the leaf. Other than that, it is a really good shot!
06/07/2006 09:44:56 PM
Now this is good.....
06/07/2006 12:44:55 PM
Really like this shot. Well thought out. Great color and composition and wonderful detail on the leaf.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/07/2006 02:08:37 AM
Love it
06/07/2006 12:31:51 AM
I really like this, well executed.

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