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© copyright Mark Geistweite 2011

"Yellow Field Under a Steel Blue Sky"


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Exposure Date: 2011:04:02 17:49:41;
Make: PENTAX Corporation;
Model: PENTAX K10D;
Exposure Time: 1/45.0 seconds s;
FNumber: f/16.0;
ISOSpeedRatings: ISO 100;
ExposureProgram: Other;
ExposureBiasValue: 0
MeteringMode: Other;
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode;
FocalLength: 19.0 mm mm;
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm: 28 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh;

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© copyright Mark Geistweite 2011

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Simple! Yellow and blue! Another of my new focus slice panos. I am enjoying a new perspective, even if it is not everyone's cup of tea. A little off the top would probably work OK, but I intentionally wanted a little extra sky so there was a more open feel to the image. Cropping down close to the horizon changes the perspective, but in my opinion does not necessarily improve it. More so, cropping the sky to fit the rule of thirds does just that; complies with an old rule. So I expect some negative feedback. I welcome all feedback. It's what we do here. Pnet is the place where we criticize as well as complement. It's kind of like freedom of speech, but in this case, freedom of opinion. We share opinions, so we must be open to a difference of opinions. Thanks for your opinions of this image!!

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I have no negative feedback, ok it would work with a slight crop off the top too, but thats an open alternative rather than a "must be" replacement in my opinion. The colour combination works well too and I think the cloud has possibly helped with the exposure. ( I have tried photographing rape seed fields before in bright sunshine, and they don't look right.) I like the sharp focus on the foreground, but wonder what position in the frame did you use as a focus point?  In summary a simple composition but very enjoyable photograph to view.

Best Regards

Alf

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Hello Alf! Thanks! Actually, this is a focus stack or focus slice image; meaning I focused on the nearest flowers, re-focused on the intermediate range flowers and finally on the distant flower and the horizon, making three separate exposures. Finally, for one more exposure, I tilted panned the camera upward to gather in more of this gorgeous sky, making a vertical pano with infinite depth. The various focused images were then blended using layer masks and then the additional sky was dropped in as well. I have been doing this recently and love the effect of the increased DOF. I just don't like soft flowers or a soft background unless it is macro work. This one was tricky because the breeze was moving the flowers constantly. I do the blending by hand, but there are programs, just like HDR programs, that blend them as well. Funny thing about me, I just prefer to do the work manually!

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That's a lot of work you put into this image; wish I knew how to work in layers (I keep telling myself I will learn one of these days and it appears I must if I want landscapes to look like yours)! I am not one who thinks photography rules are necessary (not sure if that is the rebel in me or just my inexperience) but no negative comments here...just praise for an absolutely wonderful photo! I like the way it makes me feel I am standing right in the middle of that beautiful field. Nice colors on the flowers too as I am familiar with that wildflower and its color is often difficult to get right. Very well done. Thank you for sharing. :)

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Wow!  That is some field of flowers!  The cloud's textures do add to the image.  I played around with adding some cyan and black to the Adjust -Selective Colors to the greens, and found they created some additional separation of tones from the yellow flowers without effecting the yellows.  I think this might add a little depth to the FG.  The leaves looked a little too yellow for me, but they may well have been more yellow than my mind wants them to be!  A sweet shot anyway you look at it.  Finally seeing some brown grass after the snow has left in southern NH.  We really don't get these kind of blooms out East.  Enjoy your spring!

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