Ken Bryant said...

Beautiful crop! The "light at the end of the tunnel" is fabulous. Like the graffiti picture, a bit underexposed, but maybe a bit of a lift on the lower part of the curve would fix this. This is the kind of picture where your curve should probably look like a bow (rising rapidly from the lower left, then curving gently to the right) -- i.e., you want detailed gradation in the shadows of the bamboo. Or if done in camera raw or lightroom, you could raise the "fill" slider. But if the shot was really underexposed, either of these techniques is likely to bring up noise.

Tony Funk said...

Hi Evan,
Very cool shot. My first thought was "claustrophobia" and then my next was "cathedral." I love the different qualities of light from foreground to background.

What I like about this website is the technical info as well as the aesthetic. Great way to learn!


J. Evan Kreider said...

Thanks for the ideas. I pushed this to the dark side (obviously), and cannot seem to get out from my Dark Period. I was interested in the light at the end, and in a bit of detail in the water. I burned the top of the shot and points on the sides in order to remove points of light I thought were distracting. I find that I keep trying to bring more light into my developing, but always (without fail) then push the dark shades still darker. Hope to enter a new style phase before long.

Ken Bryant said...

I think your burning in was great. What I'm proposing wouldn't make the whole picture lighter; it would just open up the bamboo in the middle ground, and show us some details of bamboo texture from one end to the other -- since you've got great depth of field for the whole expanse.

J. Evan Kreider said...

I have revised it just a bit in Lightroom 2, which I am using increasingly (except for facial touchups and perspective corrections). I find this is as light as my heart is willing to go, but I agree that this helps. Thanks for the suggestions.

Mark Kreider said...

This would be a great addition to your portfolio of "paths" if it isn't in there already. I find the way to something inherently interesting and a worthy quest when other ideas fail.

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