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    Shrooms C&C Please

    I was working on my car and my wife came home and told me to get my camera and get in the Jeep. She took me about a half mile down the road to this tree. The mushrooms were wrapped tight around the tree and there was really no good POV.

    Here are a few;
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    Shrooms C&C Please

    2 cropped a bit
    Shrooms C&C Please

    3 A little too light?
    Shrooms C&C Please

    4 Does the foreground distract too much?
    Shrooms C&C Please

    5 Does the background distract in this one? A little too light?
    Shrooms C&C Please

    This were taken on a cloudy day with my D7000 and 50mm 1.8. For the ones at ground level, I put the camera on the ground (it was real wet) and snapped a few until I got some keepers.

    How could I have made them better?

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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    Here are a few;
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    I don't think this one works so well. We know it's about the fungi, but we're not really led to them as the main topic of interest

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    2 cropped a bit
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    I think that achieves the objective of focusing attention on the mushrooms much better than in #1. The think that still goes against it, in my opinion, is the roadway cutting across the frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    3 A little too light?
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    I think the set gets much better from here on down. I don't think it is too light. I think it's a good image.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    4 Does the foreground distract too much?
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    Yes I think it does. That out-of-focus fungus in the front has the effect of 'blocking' the view; i.e. it's in the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    5 Does the background distract in this one? A little too light?
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    Again, I don't think so. What did drag my eye away from the main subject, is the very out-of-focus strip along the bottom and the sudden transition to a much clearer foreground just in front of the mushroom. Because I can't figure that out, my mind is confused by the image and therefore distracted.[/QUOTE]

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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Thanks Donald. I really didn't notice that oof line until I uploaded the pic.

    After some LR work, does this work better.
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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed Waters View Post
    Thanks Donald. I really didn't notice that oof line until I uploaded the pic.

    After some LR work, does this work better.
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    That's better! Yep, that looks and feels much better, Reed. I still think #3 from your original post is the best of teh set. A really nice image.

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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Hi Reed, I like #3 as well. Is it tightly cropped or is there a tad more headroom available? If you are able to reshoot, I think the out of focus leaves in front distract the eye and may not be easily cloned out. Your thoughts?

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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Frank, thanks for the comment. Yea, I wish I had a little headroom but the crop is soc. As I said, I put the camera on the ground hoping for some keepers. I sure did miss the articulated screen on my D5000. I haven't tried yet but I think I can do something about those leaves in Elements.

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    Re: Shrooms C&C Please

    Number 2 is the best composition for the group of mushrooms, because of the depth it conveys within the group. But it is a pity that road is just there - in their urge to construct things, other people rarely consider their intrusive effects on a photograph!

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