September 27, 2018 at 8:27 pm #33838September 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm #33884September 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm #33900
Yes, I did.October 1, 2018 at 10:52 am #33907
@Ian I think lessening the vignette effect may be a good idea, since half of the frog’s head is dark and half of it is light. If the frog’s head was in the middle of the picture, a little vignette may add to the picture, but I think in this case it kind of takes away, because the vignette is creeping up into the frog’s head – I hope you get what I mean, I’m not quite sure how else to describe it. 😀 Vignette is really helpful for drawing attention to the subject, but I think it’s kind of covering up part of the subject. There, that’s a better way of putting it! 😀 But I love how crisp and clear the eye on the left is. And you got a light reflection in there too! It’s amazing how its eye is copying the pattern of its skin for camouflage – God is an incredible designer! 😀October 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm #33917October 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm #33929
@ian Yes! I like that better. 😀 Did you already ‘reduce the noise’ on Photos? I do that to most of my photos. 😀 Then maybe you could ‘sharpen’ it and possibly add some ‘definition’? I can’t think of anything else. 😀October 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm #33932Theodore LonnemanParticipant
For my part, I’ve always found that the human eye can’t focus on two different objects at the same depth very easily so it picks one or the other. In other words, when looking at a pair of eyes one usually focuses on one or the other, or their eyes dart indecisively between the two but that usually only happens in well acted interrogation scenes from movies. That being said, if you want to bring more definition to the darker and more blurry side of the amphibian’s face so the entire face is the subject and both eyes are equally exposed, definitely remove the vignette. However, I think you did the photo better justice by accentuating the darkness on the right hand side with the vignette, thus bringing more focus to what’s already the first thing someone notices when they see the photo-the mysterious eye in the center of the image.October 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm #33933
Okay, thanks!!October 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm #34038James StaddonKeymaster
Hi @ian, welcome to the forums! It was neat to see how you said this was one of your favorite pictures….one of my favorite pictures when I was first getting started was of a toad, the one I attached. It’s not nearly as sharp as yours! But I loved it so much I entered it at a local photography contest and it actually won a ribbon! A couple years later, I submitted this other favorite photo of a frog as a candidate for a project someone else was working on and requesting pictures for. When I showed it to the guy as a possibility, I will never forget his face wrinkling up and politely trying to say that he absolutely didn’t like it. 🙂 It kinda discouraged me at the time, but looking back on it, I learned a great lesson on “suitability”: just because a photo is perfectly suited for one situation doesn’t mean I should expect it to do well in other situations. It’s a principle that plays across many areas of life. But anyhow, back to your picture, I’m a big fan of the sly little grin. 🙂 It attests to an emotion that the viewer can relate to.
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